Ferguson beats Smith in titanic Masters Pre-66 Mini race two at Brands
Small in stature but huge in terms of action, the Pre-66 Minis provided another fantastic battle for victory in race two at Brands Hatch with Joe Ferguson taking a great win from Jeff Smith.
Smith, of course, won race one earlier in the afternoon but Ferguson – behind the wheel of the Austin Mini Cooper S taken to second by Tom Bell in the preceding encounter – was able to keep Smith at bay.
Ferguson boldly tried to take the lead at the start around the outside of pole-starter Smith at Paddock Hill Bend, but had to tuck back in to second place. Ferguson hit the front on lap two at Surtees and a titanic battle developed with the two rivals trading the lead time and again.
By lap eight Ferguson's lead was almost a second, but Smith set the fastest lap of the race – a time of 1m48.756 seconds – to erase the gap. Into lap nine there was nothing between them, but Ferguson managed to see off the threat to ultimately win by 0.6 seconds on lap 11.
The fight for third was equally as entertaining, initially between Ian Curley and Michael Cullen before Nick Swift won through after a fantastic late door-to-door battle with Curley.
Curley held third at the start but Cullen moved through into Surtees on lap one, and the former then had his mirrors filled with fifth placed Swift. Curley turned up the heat on Cullen as the race entered its second half, and Swift closed in as well, but then Cullen's involvement ended at the conclusion of lap eight with retirement to the pits.
Swift, with a podium there for the taking, made his presence felt more and more behind Curley and on the final lap Swift managed to make the breakthrough to grab the final spot on the rostrum – by just 0.3 seconds.
David Ogden finished a distant fifth from Dave Edgecombe, Ollie Streek was seventh, Jo Polley came through well to finish eighth – having started on row six of the grid – ahead of an impressive Jonathon Page – who started last – and Jonathan Kent.
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