Reynolds holds off Alibhai in changeable conditions

Harri Reynolds managed changeable conditions to take the victory from the final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

The Assetto Motorsport driver had to manage a charging Aqil Alibhai in the second half of the race, but held on to take his third victory of the season.

After starting from third, Reynolds made quick work of climbing up to the lead of the race off the line. Pole sitter Will Macintyre tried to fight back, only to lose the position to the fast starting Maurice Henry.

Henry was shuffled back as a train of Elite Motorsport cars swept past and Macintyre reclaimed second. They were closing in on Reynolds when the safety car was brought out for a stranded Shravan Shanmugavel.

Reynolds got the perfect get away and had a visible gap to the rest of the field when racing resumed. Alibhai was stuck under his team-mate’s rear bumper and dived past Macintyre almost as soon as the track went green.

Alibhai soon closed in on the back of Reynolds, but the battle between the two race leaders would eventually draw Macintyre back into the fight. Josh Rowledge and Joe Warhurst weren’t too far behind. As Alibhai had to turn to defence, Reynolds once again extended his face lead.

Macintyre briefly took second, but Alibhai came back past no long after and was back on Reynolds’ tail in the final laps of the race. He couldn’t quite find a way past, though, and was 0.969s behind at the chequered flag.

Macintyre held of Rowledge to take third.

Luke Watts had an incredible drive up from the back of the field to finish inside the top five, beating Warhurst in the final laps of the race, while Liam McNeilly took seventh.

It was a challenging race for McNeilly’s Fox team-mates. After fighting at the front of the order early on, Henry was shuffled back and eventually fell to P14. Meanwhile, Jacob Hodgkiss suffered a spin after dipping a wheel onto the wet grass. He collected Ian Aguilera, who turned Hodgkiss back around so he was facing the right way. Both cars were able to continue, but had lost valuable positions.

Sonny Smith also fell away from the sharp end of the field late on ahead of race one winner Kanto Le and Fergus Chalmers.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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