Queensferry race ace on top

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RORY Bryant roared to victory again at Outlton in Cheshire last week to move into second place in the Britcar Production Cup after five rounds.

His co-driver in the endurance race Simon Mason was racing at Brands Hatch which meant that Rory for the first time this season was lead driver and he teamed up with former British GT driver Chris Bialan.

In the qualifying heats, both drivers managed to get to grips with the weather and finish fourth on the starting grid for the race.

In qualifying co-driver Chris left the track and damaged the car but the works team were able to repair the car for the main event.

Rory said that Oulton Park is what most racing drivers call a ‘‘proper’’ race circuit with varying undulations and fast corners so he had to ensure that his tyres were compatible with the track.

However, within second of the start, he had moved up three places to first but by lap two he was back in third place.

As the rain continued to fall, the Mini in front left the track to allow him to move into second place.

Around the 70 minutes mark, Rory was able to take the lead before another car left the track.

This brought out the safety car for the second time and allowed Rory to make the mandatory pit stop and a driver change while rejoining the race without losing the lead.

With his co-driver now in place, they managed to keep the lead till the chequered flag.

After his second podium win, Rory said: “I don’t think any of us could quite believe we had managed to win this one - it had been a complete roller coaster of a weekend, which defined team work.

‘‘The safety car coming on near the end of the race was good and we were able to capitalise on that.

‘‘From a personal point of view, I was pleased with my performance. I had been fast in the car and proved that I was capable of working as the lead driver in the team.”