TODD Ellis and Emmanuelle Clement scooped victory in today’s red-flagged Molson Group British Sidecars finale as wildcards stormed the podium.
Along with Santander Salt’s race winners, Steve Kershaw/Ryan Charlwood and F1 newcomers Lee Crawford/Scott Hardie rounded out the rostrum as racing was twice halted due to incidents.
Simon Robinson and Mick Fairhurst were quickest off the line as they took advantage of pole position to nab the holeshot on the original start ahead of Craig Currie and Justin Sharp as Phil Bell and Jimmy Connell tucked into third.
But by lap two there was carnage in the fight for the top six as John Holden/Jason Pitt and Lewis Blackstock/Paddy Rosney’s outfits came together and they both rolled over at Druids, prompting the safety car out onto the track.
Meanwhile, after starting stone dead last, the Birchalls were up into eighth place when the pack was slowed up with just a lap completed. And with only two laps completed, the race was red flagged.
When racing got back underway with a restart for a five-lap dash, Robinson and Fairhurst were back into the lead with Bell/Connell and Currie/Sharpe behind, as Crawford and Hardie scythed their way from fourth to second in one move at Druids.
Before long, Ellis and Clement were up into third before hitting the lead with two laps in the bag as Crawford and Hardie held third over Robinson and Fairhurst, with Steve Kershaw and Ryan Charlwood up to third at Clearways.
With just over two laps to go, however, racing was once again stopped with more red flags and a result was declared – putting Ellis and Clement in the top spot with Kershaw/Charlwood and Team ARC’s FSRA F2 champs Crawford/Hardie rounding out the podium in just their second appearance in the series.