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Daniel McKenzie has clinched victory in the reverse grid race at Brands Hatch on Sunday afternoon, with the Fortec driver leading home Carlos Huertas and Adriano Buzaid. Behind, Menasheh Idafar has placed himself strongly for 2010 National Class honours by finishing ahead of T-Sport team-mate James Cole once again.
McKenzie won the race on the opening lap on a circuit renowned for its difficulty and lack of overtaking opportunities. He made a great start from the pole position he won in the reverse-grid draw to lead Hitech driver Will Buller into Paddock Hill Bend. Buller launched an attack on the leader into the Druids hairpin but tagged McKenzie’s car and spun to the tail of the field, and that left Dan clear to get his head down and sprint to victory.
“The first lap was interesting,” said McKenzie. “Buller tried to around the outside, and he might have made it, but he turned in on me. He squeezed me and I had nowhere to go, and he hit my left front.
"The car wasn’t too bad, I had a wheel vibration but it wasn’t severe enough to make much difference. I pushed on and got some good lap times even though my tyres were pretty well rooted from the first race.” McKenzie will also start this afternoon’s concluding round from pole.
As in yesterday’s race the top 10 finishing positions were established on the opening lap, Räikkönen Robertson racer Carlos Huertas picking up second with Buller’s demise and hanging on for his fourth podium finish of the season. Adriano Buzaid finished third for Carlin, his seventh consecutive podium finish – a new record for the championship this season.
The new champion, Jean-Eric Vergne – who, it was announced this week, will test for the Toro Rosso F1 team in November – placed fourth, just ahead of Racing Steps Foundation driver James Calado.
Calado’s rival for second in the championship, Oli Webb, finished two places behind; not close enough to deprive Calado of the honour. Rupert Svendsen-Cook sandwiched the two protagonists.
Räikkönen Robertson men Daisuke Nakajima and Felipe Nasr, along with T-Sport’s Alex Brundle, completed the top ten.
Idafar’s route to his 17th National Class win of the season was a straightforward affair, Menasheh finishing well clear of his T-Sport team-mate James Cole to put one hand on the class championship title.
- Full Race 2 results
Race 3 at Brands Hatch, the last of 2010, follows later this afternoon
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