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Ashton happy at Brands Hatch

PUBLISHED: 08:00 05 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:11 05 July 2010

Tom Ashton, in the yellow car, being chased by Roger Bromley. PICTURE: Submitted

Tom Ashton, in the yellow car, being chased by Roger Bromley. PICTURE: Submitted

AFTER a very disappointing season, plagued with technical problems, young racer Tom Ashton came away from a very competitive weekend of racing at Brands Hatch with a third and second and was awarded Driver of the Day.

AFTER a very disappointing season, plagued with technical problems, young racer Tom Ashton came away from a very competitive weekend of racing at Brands Hatch with a third and second and was awarded Driver of the Day.

Ashton is racing in the highly competitive Radical Club Cup this season, which is part of The Dunlop sponsored Great and British Festival.

Despite a few setup problems in testing, Ashton managed to qualify in second place in wet conditions, with a capacity grid of 26 cars.

The track dried for both races late that afternoon.

For race one, Ashton led into the first corner, but on cold tyres ran wide into turn two and lost the lead.

Ashton was struggling slightly with the cars handling, but held off the challenge from two cars behind until 14 minutes into the race, when experienced Roger Bromley slipped alongside and forced Ashton across the grass.

Ashton rejoined in third where he finished, after the race was stopped.

Race two was very close and Ashton led his class for most of the race holding on to the lead from Bromley.

There was contact at the hairpin when side-by-side on a few occasions, but the clever defensive driving came to an end as Ashton lost the lead when lapping a back marker, which blocked the entry to a corner and Bromley passed him.

Ashton and team were delighted with this result, and are looking forward to racing at Rockingham motor speedway on Saturday 28 and at Snetterton Sunday, September 29.

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