Brundle’s Jackie Chan team hang on to sixth place ahead of Texas trip

Fiesta Junior racer James Hillery in action earlier in the season at his home track of Snetterton. P

Fiesta Junior racer James Hillery in action earlier in the season at his home track of Snetterton. Picture: Ellen Tunstall - Credit: Archant

'Difficult day' admitted Alex Brundle as the King's Lynn racer finished the latest event in the World Endurance Championship in sixth place in the LMP2 category.

The Jackie Chan DC Racing number 37 car started the race from sixth on the grid and after the first of the six hours of racing was sitting in fourth place with Tristan Gommendy at the wheel.

Meanwhile, their sister car, and the series-leading number 38, was just ahead, but soon encountered clutch issues knocking the Oliver Jarvis-led squad out of contention.

As the race continued the 37 car slipped down the race order and was seventh at half distance before Brundle took over from David Cheng and fought his way into fifth place – but as the pits stops played out the local racer slipped back to sixth.

The result leaves the Brundle-led squad sixth and just a point ahead of Pierre Thiriet and Roman Rusinov in the LMP 2 title race which moves on to the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas, for the next round.

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Shipdham Fiesta Junior racer James Hillery heads to Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire this weekend with his eyes firmly on grabbing second place in the title race from rival James Waite.

The local youngster is just eight points behind his rival, on adjusted scores, as the series heads to its penultimate round while he will need to keep an eye on Nicholas Reeve, who is just four points in arrears.

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The previous round, held at Silverstone, saw the local racer only able to post the 10th quickest time in qualifying with rivals Reeve and Waite setting the second and third quickest lap times.

In the opening race Hillery made up four places on the opening lap but such is the competitive nature of the series that he was elbowed back to ninth mid-race before reasserting himself in sixth place at the finish with rivals Waite second and Reeve not finishing the event and unable to start race two.

Hillery started the second event from sixth and quickly made it into fifth and again became embroiled in a battle with Gustav Burton and Oliver Turner, but a race-stopping incident involving the latter pair saw them excluded from results, elevating Hillery to fourth, just behind Waite.

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