More silverware for Jack at Brands Hatch

It’s six podium finishes in nine races for Jack Manchester as his fantastic form continued this past weekend in the sixth round of the Radial Challenge Championship at Brands Hatch GP.

A confident Manchester headed to Brands Hatch after continuing to impress in his second season; two podiums on his return from the summer break at Snetterton, were followed by a win at Silverstone and two more trips to the podium.
 
With no testing on Friday, the first session of the weekend was qualifying where Jack would have to be switched on from the first lap at the 2.4332-mile circuit.
 
Delivering one of his strongest qualifying performances of the season, Manchester’s 1:26.209 lap time saw the Thunderhead-sponsored driver secure 2nd place for race one at Brands Hatch. With Manchester almost matching his fastest lap time with his second fastest lap, Jack’s consistency meant he took pole position for race two by almost four-tenths.

Race One
 
Starting on the front row for race one in 2nd place, Jack got a great start off the line and pulled slightly ahead of the pole sitter Jack Lang. However, Lang held the inside line for turn one and Jack wasn’t close enough to launch an attack for the lead.
 
An incident on lap one saw the safety car brought out for the opening two laps and after racing resumed on the third lap, only two laps of racing was possible before more yellow flags impeded any attempt for the lead from Jack. After following closely behind Lang for the entirety of the race, Jack crossed the line in second place to collected his third 2nd place finish since the summer break.
 
Jack was delighted with his pace in race one but was disappointed the yellow flags neutralised most of the race.
 
“I got good traction off the line but had to pull behind Lang as there was no room for me to get past. The car’s pace was really impressive and the team did a great job getting the car ready with such little track time. It’s a shame about the yellow flags as it didn’t leave us with much racing time so we had to settle for second but that’s still a result I’m really happy with!”

Race Two
 
After his impressive qualifying earlier in the day, Jack lined up from pole position in race two but failed to capitalise on his strong starting place and was boxed out at the start – dropping back to third position.
 
Fighting to get back up to where he wanted to be, Brands Hatch’s reputation for limited overtaking saw Jack with no clean way to get back up the order as he came home for another podium finish in third place.

“The start at Brands Hatch is key to a good race but I struggled off the line and was boxed out, falling back a couple of places. I tried to get back to the top but there were few chances for me to get past. It would have been stupid to risk a 3rd place finish, so again, I’m delighted to be on the podium.”

Race Three

The third and final race of the day saw Manchester start from 4th place and, as the clouds darkened over the track, Jack got off the line superbly and moved up to 3rd place overtaking the championship leader in the process.

However, as lap one came to its conclusion with Jack back in the podium places, a sudden downpour hit the track and Jack, on his slick tyres, struggled on the slippery surface and fell off the track with a number of other drivers.

With the conditions almost impossible to read, Manchester felt unlucky to not finish race three.

“I had a great start and overtook the championship leader moving myself into third and felt well set to make my move for second. Whilst all this was happening, the rain came into play and turned a dry track into a skid pan. The leader and I arrived at a bend at speed on our slicks before the pack and skated off into the gravel which meant it was race over. It was a disappointing end to a race where I knew I had a great opportunity to win, however I am delighted with the two podiums to continue my current run of form.”

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, was impressed by Jack’s professionalism at Brands Hatch.

“It was another strong weekend from Jack and it was really good to see him qualify so strongly and finish on the podium twice. We know he was in for a shot at a win this weekend but unfortunately luck wasn’t on his side. Credit must go to Jack for his dedication and professionalism on and off the track.”

Next up for Manchester is a trip to the ‘Temple of Speed’, Monza, on the 29th September for the fifth round of the Radical European Masters.