Alex Brundle helps United Autosports LMP3 Sportscar get off to a flyer at Silverstone
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After missing most of last season recovering from an operation Alex Brundle bounced back in impressive fashion leading the brand new United Autosports LMP3 Sportscar team to victory at Silverstone.
The opening race of the European Le Mans Series season took place at the Northampton venue in which the King's Lynn racer qualified the Ligier JS P3 car in fourth place before blasting into the lead on the opening lap.
'I had a really enjoyable stint,' admitted team leader Brundle. 'I went into P1 on the opening lap and it was plain sailing from there. I just tried to build a gap. I am massively happy and impressed with the team.'
Around the hour mark, in the four-hour event, the local racer pitted to hand over to American Mike Guasch who maintained the lead before Christian England completed the task for a resounding victory.
To complete an impressive debut for the United Autosports squad its second car, driven by Matt Bell, Wayne Boyd and Mark Patterson, made it a 1-2 for the British team.
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Kenninghall-based Thomas Randle had a really solid second weekend in the BRDC British Formula Three Championship at Brands Hatch with his first visit to the podium in the third race which has elevate him into third place in the championship chase.
In the opening encounter Randle jumped three places, due to a rain shower on the final lap, to secure fourth place.
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In the second race the local resident dropped a place to sixth in the early exchanges before regaining his starting position of fifth mid race.
However, the best was saved to last. Starting 14th on the grid, Randle made scintillating progress in the restarted race to finish in third place, just over a second behind the winner.
'We were stuck in a battle during the first two races and I didn't get the chance to set a quick lap so I started P14. This feels like a win to me,' said Randle on the podium.
'I can't thank the guys at Douglas Motorsport enough and Marcus my engineer who never stopped believing in me.'
It was a tough weekend for the local British GT4 Championship contenders with Wisbech's Jake Giddings recording the best result with ninth place in the Aston Martin Vantage he co-drives with Kieran Griffin.
Giddings' session behind the wheel at the Kent circuit was cut short by a race-stopping accident restricting the progress the local racer was able to make.
The Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora of Norfolk born Robin Shute and Will Hunholz qualified best of the local trio of cars in 10th place and maintained their position on their first visit to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
The Stratton Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage, crewed by David Tinn and Robin Marriot, is the only all amateur team on the grid and from qualifying in 15th place they completed the event in 11th place.