Tom Lebbon claimed a pair of victories from the first day of action at Snetterton.
Lebbon spent both races battling title rival Bailey Voisin in different conditions. After swapping positions multiple times in both races, Lebbon just edged out Voisin in the dash to the flag.
Voisin qualified on pole position for both races, but he wouldn’t hold the lead for long before Lebbon swept past him at the start of race one.
Lebbon initially got a good gap but a series of flying laps brought Voisin back on his tail.
The pair rain side by side for a handful of corners before Voisin got back ahead. Again, it wasn’t long before Lebbon swept back past on the Bentley Straight.
The championship contenders swapped positions twice more before the final lap. The battle drew Georgi Dimitrov onto their tail, making it a three car fight for the win. Lebbon held them both off to finish 1.273s ahead of Voisin, with Dimitrov a further 0.177s back.
Their championship rival Josh Rattican had a race to forget. He was forced to pit with an issue on his right rear early on. He got out without dropping a lap but, with no safety car periods, was unable to close in on the rest of the field and finished last.
Tommy Pintos managed one of his best performances of the year. After passing Sebastian Hopkins for fourth early, he spent the remainder of the race defending against his Elite team-mate.
Will Jenkins initially closed in on the fight for P4, but fell back to finish a comfortable sixth ahead of Tom Edgar and William Aspin.
Joe Wheeler and Aston Millar completed the top 10.
Race two was no simpler for the championship leaders.
Voisin, Lebbon, and Rattican were immediately battling for the lead. Hopkins and Dimitrov soon joined the fight and Lebbon was shuffled back to fifth.
Pintos made it six cars at the front, the order changing at almost every corner.
Before long, Lebbon had moved back into the race lead but couldn’t shake Voisin.
The top two managed to break away while Rattican, Pintos, Hopkins and Dimitrov continued to swap positions further back.
Voisin and Lebbon resumed their two-way fight for the lead from race one. Voisin briefly took first, but couldn’t hold on and finished 0.175s behind.
Pintos picked up third late on to take his first car racing podium. Rattican and Hopkins took fourth and fifth while William Aspin snatched sixth from Dimitrov late on.
Pearson climbed up from the tail end of the grid to take eighth, ahead of Edger and Millar.
Image courtesy of Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography
Snetterton 2020 Race 1
Snetterton 2020 Race 2
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