Brundle is left frustrated by weekend at Magny Cours
The third series of Formula Two races were not kind to Alex Brundle as the local racer found himself impeded, not once but twice – costing him a hatful of championship points.
After a difficult weekend at Silverstone the King's Lynn racer bounced back with a podium position at the French Magny Cours circuit but the twin races at Spa-Francorchamps has left him 60 points shy of the championship leader.
'A tricky weekend,' was Brundle's summary which mainly consisted of recovering from unforced errors.
The local racer's only good fortune happened after first qualifying, when the pole man was demoted two places for not slowing down through a caution zone, elevating Brundle to a front row starting slot on the fearsome Belgium circuit.
'The conditions were tough out there and I nearly had had a big moment at Eau Rouge where I only just managed to keep it out of the wall,' admitted Brundle after the rain affected qualifying session.
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At the start of the first race new pole man Ramon Pineiro spun at the top of the hill holding up Brundle, who was swamped by the following pack, and had to fight hard to recover back to fifth place at the finish.
Qualifying for the second race saw Brundle blocked by another competitor on his flying lap and therefore had to start Sunday's race down in 11th place. He then had to produce another fight back to recover to seventh place after passing Jordan King two laps from the chequered flag to end a frustrating weekend.
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Poringland's Josh Files took time out from his Renault Clio Cup campaign to contest the Thoroughbred Sport Car race at Silverstone, part of the recent MG celebrations at the Northampton circuit.
Files, the reigning champion, fought a race long duel with the faster Jaguar D Type of Simon Garrad who used his extra top speed to power into an early lead.
A mid-race error allowed Files to sneak his Triumph TR6 into a briefly lead, but the Jaguar's superior straight line speed saw the local racer demoted quickly.
Files had a second taste of the lead before the Jaguar roared past but on the final lap Garrad made another slight error and Files took advantage, this time staying ahead to the finishing line.
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The Stowmarket racer, who is leading the BARC Formula Renault championship, has adopted the East Anglia's Children's Hospices as his chosen charity to support, which has premises at Quidenham, Milton and Ipswich.