Basey-Fisher seals hat-trick of race wins

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Oli Basey-Fisher won all three races at Brands Hatch at the weekend to move to within three points of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge leader.

After the Great Finborough race ace’s hat-trick of victories in rounds 16, 17 and 18, he now has an eight-week break before the championship finale trio of races at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit in Leicestershire on October 5-6.

But after the weekend he only trails series leader Brad Bailey (431pts) by three points after also picking up bonus points for the fastest lap in each encounter and pole position for the first two races.

“It doesn’t get much better than this”, said the elated Century Logistics-backed 18-year-old.

“It’s been an absolutely outstanding weekend from start to finish, qualifying went perfectly for us and the car was faultless, the guys at Academy Motorsport did a fantastic job.

“The races were hard work but to come away with all three wins and the fastest lap in each, really is more than we could have hoped for.

“I was aiming to challenge for a top three championship finish before the weekend started, now we’re right in the fight for the title which is fantastic.”

After landing pole with a superb lap of 1m 40.323 seconds (87.31mph), he initially made a good start in Saturday’s opener before rival Jake Giddings overtook into lap two.

Running nose-to-tail for almost the entire duration, with never more than a couple of tenths of a second splitting the duo, Basey-Fisher tried everything he could and it paid off on the last lap at Druids, winning by just 0.2 seconds.

Basey-Fisher also posted the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1m41.093 seconds (86.65mph).

At the start of Sunday morning’s race, round 17, Basey-Fisher got away well from the line to lead but the action fell under caution before the end of the lap after a multi-car tangle further behind at Paddock Hill Bend.

At the restart on lap four, the Suffolk teenager was 0.2 seconds clear over the line and in a repeat of Saturday’s encounter he become embroiled in a cat-and-mouse battle with Giddings.

With only 0.064 seconds between the pair going into the final lap, the stage was set for a dramatic finish.

Retaking the lead, Basey-Fisher just shaded Giddings by 0.097 seconds at the chequered flag to cap another fantastic performance and seal his third victory of the campaign. His best lap of the race was a time of 1m41.566 seconds (86.24mph)

Again lining up on pole position for round 18, as a result of winning the previous encounter, the Suffolk One College student controlled the final race from the front to claim his fourth win of 2013 by more than six seconds.

Capping off the weekend perfectly, his fastest lap time of 1m 41.042 seconds (86.69mph) shaded his race one best.