Proctor scores first win after slicks gamble

Matt James
This article first appeared on autosport.com

Senna Proctor took Vauxhall’s first victory in the British Touring Car Championship since 2012 in a dramatic second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

The 19-year-old scored his maiden series win ahead of Jake Hill and Ollie Jackson.

Proctor started on the 14th row of the grid after contact in the opening race, but chose to have slick tyres on his Power Maxed Racing car on a drying circuit.

The frontrunners had all chosen the wet weather tyres but they were reeled in by several others who had also chosen to gamble on the dry weather rubber.

Tom Ingram (Speedworks Toyota) jumped the early leader Andrew Jordan (WSR BMW) and the pair raced clear, but deposed polesitter Jack Goff (Eurotech Honda) came back into the picture as he protected his wet Dunlops.

But by lap 19 of 27, the wet tyre runners were beginning to struggle.

Proctor, who was battling with the similarly slick-shod Mercedes-Benz A-Class of Aiden Moffat, had moved into the top 10, and within two laps the pair jumped the leaders to assume command.

Moffat grabbed the advantage from Proctor as they made their way to the front, with Jake Hill (Team Hard VW CC) and Ollie Jackson (AmD Tuning Audi) – also both on slicks – in their wheeltracks.

The crunch point came on lap 26 when Proctor and Moffat went side-by-side on the exit of Druids.

The pair made slight contact and the Mercedes went into the wall.

Proctor continued untroubled to victory from Hill and Jackson.

“It is a dream come true and I am not really sure that I won’t wake up soon,” said Proctor afterwards.

“I saw that there were some dry patches on the track on my out lap to the grid, and I said to my engineer that we should try slicks.

“From 27th on the grid, I figured we had nothing to lose – and I was proved right.

“This truly is an amazing result.”

Tom Boardman (AmD Tuning.com MG) took fifth from Rob Austin (HMS Racing Alfa Romeo), who was also on slicks after starting in 29th spot.

Austin has been drawn on pole for the reversed grid race later on Sunday.

Other slick-shod cars of Matt Simpson (Eurotech Honda Civic), Mike Bushell (Team Hard VW CC) and Rory Butcher (AmD Tuning MG) completed the top nine.

Goff eventually finished 10th ahead of Ingram and Ash Sutton (Team BMR Subaru).

Race two results

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Senna Proctor Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 27 25m41.530s
2 Jake Hill Team Hard Volkswagen 27 0.568s
3 Ollie Jackson AmD Tuning Audi 27 1.761s
4 Tom Boardman AmD Tuning MG 27 2.393s
5 Aiden Moffat Laser Tools Racing Mercedes 27 3.348s
6 Rob Austin HMS Racing Alfa Romeo 27 9.395s
7 Matt Simpson Eurotech Racing Honda 27 16.386s
8 Mike Bushell Team Hard Volkswagen 27 17.145s
9 Rory Butcher AmD Tuning MG 27 17.770s
10 Jack Goff Eurotech Racing Honda 27 22.213s
11 Tom Ingram Speedworks Toyota 27 24.101s
12 Ash Sutton Team BMR Subaru 27 25.780s
13 Adam Morgan Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 27 27.807s
14 James Nash BTC Norlin Honda 27 28.166s
15 Josh Cook Power Maxed Racing Vauxhall 27 28.514s
16 Dan Cammish Team Dynamics Honda 27 30.268s
17 Chris Smiley BTC Norlin Honda 27 31.456s
18 Sam Tordoff Motorbase Ford 27 31.638s
19 James Cole Motorbase Ford 27 36.923s
20 Brett Smith Eurotech Racing Honda 27 38.708s
21 Andrew Jordan WSR BMW 27 40.609s
22 Jason Plato Team BMR Subaru 27 41.774s
23 Josh Price Team BMR Subaru 27 42.342s
24 Michael Caine Team Hard Volkswagen 27 48.575s
25 Sam Smelt AmD Tuning Audi 26 1 Lap
26 Rob Collard WSR BMW 26 1 Lap
27 Colin Turkington WSR BMW 26 1 Lap
28 Tom Chilton Motorbase Ford 26 1 Lap
29 Matt Neal Team Dynamics Honda 24 3 Laps
Bobby Thompson Team Hard Volkswagen 22 Retirement
Tom Oliphant Ciceley Motorsport Mercedes 18 Retirement
Stephen Jelley Team Parker Racing BMW 0 Retirement

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