Round 6 - Genk, Belgium
The BRDC Stars of Tomorrow Series made its annual trip to the well appointed Genk circuit in Belgium, providing wins for Roy Johnson and Charlie Robertson.
James Armitage, Brett Wykes and Ricky Collard - son of BTCC racer Rob - energetically traded the Saturday lead until Charlie Robertson and Toby Sowery joined in. All the time Roy Johnson had been making up places from his lowly grid nineteen start, forced on him after a heat incident left him with a sore wrist and punctured tyre. "It was good on the first lap, I got up to tenth, then picked away at the rest. The two in front had a coming together and I caught Brett and managed to win," said Johnson. He had timed his run out of the last corner to pip Wykes by a tenth. Armitage initially had his sixth place taken away for an alleged driving misdemeanour but successfully appealed the exclusion.
On Sunday with the sun shining after a wet morning's heats, Armitage, Robertson, Wykes and Sam Vanderpump provided the lead battle entertainment whilst Johnson again had to come from the back, taking fourth off Vanderpump when the latter's attack on Wykes had to be abandoned. Wykes lost momentum, Johnson pouncing for third place to make it an all Fusion team podium. Armitage celebrated too early as Robertson drafted past for the win by a mere hundredth of a second. Rory Cuff, son of ex Porsche Super Cup racer David Cuff, enjoyed his best ever result in sixth.
Next round: Shenington, Oxfordshire - 13/14th September
Results Round 6 (all engines Comer)
1 Roy Johnson (Zip) 12 laps in 12m53.14s (48.50mph); 2 Brett Wykes (Zip) +0.16s; 3 Charlie Robertson (Zip); 4 Ricky Collard (Zip); 5 Tom Sowery (Zip); 6 James Armitage (Zip); 7 Max Vaughan (Zip); 8 Adam MacKay (Zip); 9 Tom Read (Zip); 10 Ben Barnicoat (Zip).
Fastest lap: Macaulay Austin (Zip) 01m03.15s (48.74mph).
1 Robertson 12 laps in 13m05.21s (47.75mph); Armitage +00.01s; 3 Johnson; 4 Wykes; 5 Samuel Vanderpump (Zip); 6 Rory Cuff (Zip); 7 Vaughan; 8 Sam Webster (Zip); 9 Matthew Graham (Zip); 10 MacKay.