Victory for Jack Manchester at Silverstone

Jack Manchester returned to winning ways this weekend at Silverstone after he converted his blistering pace into a race victory and a podium finish in the Radical European Masters.

Back-to-back race weekends saw Jack move on from Snetterton last week, where the 18-year old made two trips to the podium, to Silverstone as he switched from the Radical Challenge Championship to the Radical European Masters and three standalone sixty-minute endurance races
 
Competing in the European Masters for the second time this season, Jack looked to repeat his heroics from Spa-Francorchamps at the end of May where he took a victory and a podium finish in the Ardennes region.
 
Friday marked the first practice sessions at Silverstone and Jack was already showcasing his pace at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ when he finished the first session in second place in his class and followed that up with a 4th place in the afternoon’s session, without using new tyres.
 
Jack continued to impress into the weekend’s qualifying, where the Scorpio Motorsport driver secured a second place start in his class for the first two races of the weekend at Silverstone. 

Race One
 
Starting in fifth place overall and second in his class, for race one at Silverstone, Jack enjoyed a great rolling start and, on the inside line, managed to squeeze his way down the inside at Copse to move himself into the lead of the Supersport Class!
 
Jack’s blistering pace around Silverstone was evident as he begun to catch John Corbett in the Masters Class and, on the third lap, launched an attack for third place overall. Switching back on Corbett through turn four, Jack got a fantastic run down the Wellington Straight and took third place from Corbett.
 
However, Andrew Ferguson capitalised on Jack and Corbett’s battle and managed to get past Jack before reaching Brooklands. Not one to be deterred, Jack, later on the brakes, carried a lot more momentum into Luffield and looked set to take the position back.
 
Taking to the outside, Manchester was then hit by Ferguson, as the more powerful V8-driver outbraked himself and clattered into the side of Jack, sending the pair of them into a spin. Keeping his foot to the ground, Jack managed to avoid becoming beached in the gravel and rejoined the action down in 10thplace. Ferguson was subsequently handed a drive through penalty for spinning Jack.
 
Despite damage to his Radical, Jack got back on track and fought back fantastically to bring home a 2ndplace finish in the Supersport Class but was left to rue the victory that evaded him which his speed deserved.
 
“The race started well for me and I managed to get the class lead straight away! Our pace was really strong but unfortunately someone else’s mistake cost me any chance of a race victory today. Hopefully, we can have some clean racing in the final races and be able to convert our great pace into a win.”

Race Two
 
Race Two at Silverstone saw Jack line up in 4th place on the grid and 2nd in his class again and, just as he did on Saturday, Jack got off to another excellent start. Trying to find a way past #10 for the Supersport lead, Jack tried to find a gap but nothing was on and Jack sensibly opted to back out.
 
Staying behind his competitor until the pit window, Jack came into the pits at the halfway mark and, after the pitstops, began to catch the class leader at a rapid pace. As the race entered its final 15 minutes, Jack was hot on the tail of the #10 car and looked set to take the class lead.
 
With 3rd place more than 30 seconds behind and nothing to lose, Jack got a sublime run heading into Village and dived down the inside. Now on the outside at the Arena, Jack suddenly switched back on the Moseley-Caudwell combination car and as the pair ran side-by-side down the Wellington Straight, Jack managed to secure the lead just before the battle reached Brooklands.
 
Jack’s outstanding pace saw him stretch out a twenty second lead to the second-placed car and crossed the finishing line to take victory in the Supersport Class and third-place in the overall standings! A fine achievement considering the power disadvantage to the V8 class.
 
Jack was delighted with his race as he claimed his second career victory at one of the world’s most iconic circuits.
 
“It’s a great feeling to be back on the top step again. The car was absolutely fantastic and we knew we had what it takes to get the victory today Everything went to plan so I couldn’t be happier.”

Race Three
 
The weekend ended in disappointment for Jack though as his Radical SR3 failed to make the start after a mechanical issue on the formation lap resulting in a number of laps spent in the pits.
 
Eventually making it out on track, Jack begun setting fastest laps, showing that his pace could have seen him get back onto the podium but unfortunately it was all a little too late.
 
“It’s always frustrating when mechanical issues stop you from racing! Especially when there’s enough pace to be challenging at the front. Fortunately, the problem has been resolved and now we can focus on Brands Hatch next weekend.”
 
Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, was delighted to see Jack deliver a mature and imperious performance this weekend.
 
“This entire weekend felt like a near faultless performance from Jack and he is fast developing a reputation for himself here at Silverstone. He showed a real maturity behind the wheel and should be proud of his achievements. Jack was really unlucky in the first race – we could very easily be reflecting on multiple wins this weekend but that’s racing and it wasn’t to be. The important thing though is that Jack continues to focus on his own performance – after all, that is the only thing that he can control. If he continues in this vein, we will be celebrating a few more times before the end of the year.”
 
Next up for Jack is a trip to Brands Hatch for the sixth round of the Radical Challenge Championship.