The Michelin Clio Cup Series took on a starring role at Anglesey Circuit at the weekend (2/3 September) with Ben Palmer taking another step closer towards championship glory.
Making the annual trip to the picturesque venue along with a bumper CNC Heads Sports/ Saloon Car Championship grid, the one-make tin top category produced a memorable trio of races.
Heading into the meeting, Palmer and title rival Anton Spires had been the ones to beat having shared the spoils in every race so far this season.
That trait continued with Spires striking first at the Welsh track in race one, making a welcome return to the top step of podium for his third win of the year.
Taking advantage of Palmer’s misfortune after he was adjudged to have made a jump start from pole position, the former champion made a bold move past Tyler Lidsey to go on to take victory and cut the gap at the top of the standings to 14.
Wet conditions replaced the sunshine of the day before on Sunday and it played into Palmer’s hands as he produced a dominant display. Comfortable wins in races two and three saw him extend his lead in the overall points – putting him on the cusp of the title.
In the Road Series, wins went the way of Nic Harrison, Shanel Drewe and Sean Thomas. Matching consistency with her victory in race two, Drewe emerged as the point’s leader in the class with two events remaining.
Not to be outdone by the Clio Cup Series, the CNC Heads Sports/ Saloon Car Championship gave fans plenty to shout about with a total of six races being run; three for classes A, B and C combined and three for classes D, E and F combined.
Paul Rose proved to be in a league of his own in the amalgamated A/B/C encounters, taking a trio of wins. The JPR Motorsport driver finished the weekend unbeaten after getting the better of former champion Joe Spencer.
Oliver Thomas replicated Rose’s accomplishment in the class D/E/F races as he too headed home with three wins from three – his Subaru Impreza too much for the rest of the field.
For the full classification of results from both championships, click here.