The number 67 is back from injury with a bang - and a win - as drama hits some key rival in Race 2
Casey O’Gorman struck back in Race 2, the number 67 on fine form once again to get back to winning ways. He beat Race 1 winner Johnny Garness (City Lifting by RS Racing) by two tenths on take two, with James Cook (Wilson Racing) on the podium again making for close company in third. But the shuffle over the line wasn't quite so simple, with a few given time penalties for cutting the chicane, including points leader Evan Belford (City Lifting by RS Racing).
Garness took the holeshot again, this time from Row 2, with O'Gorman slotting into second, and they began to pull away after a handful of laps. But as O'Gorman struck for the lead that gap came down again, and the number 57 hit back on Lap 6. By Lap 10, O'Gorman sliced back through... but it wasn't quite a duel, the two only just ahead of a huge freight train at the front.
The freight train went all the way to the wire but there was plenty of drama. First Kiyano Veijer (Microlise Creswell Racing) accidentally passed under yellow flags, incurring a two-second time penalty equivalent to a Long Lap, and Carter Brown (City Lifting by RS Racing) got the same for cutting the chicane. Then, in the real latter stages, points leader Belford did the very same, and got the very same two seconds added to his race.
O'Gorman pounded on at the front, and as the group shuffled and shuffled again, it all came down to the chicane - and there was a backmarker to negotiate too. O'Gorman did that and swept past on the exit for his first win since his double to open the season, with Garness and Cook coming out on top to complete the podium as the penalties applied to those around them and shuffled the shuffled even further.
Jamie Lyons (C&M Motors Ltd/Tooltec Racing) is classified fourth after that key drama, with Bailey Stuart-Campbell (151s Racing) and Ollie Walker (Moto Rapido / SP125 Racing) completing the top six ahead of the first finisher with a penalty: Brown. He'd been ahead of Veijer, who nevertheless still impressed with a step forward in eighth place and a race running right at the front. Belford was shuffled down to an expensive ninth in the standings, and he'll be looking for more on Sunday.
Troy Jeffrey (Stiggymotorsport) held off Harrison Crosby (Banks Racing) to complete the top ten.
After a bumper day of races and a few dramatic penalties shuffling the field, Belford now leads the way by just 22 points at the halfway point of the season. What will Sunday bring? Race 3 begins at 13:50 (GMT +1) and there's plenty in play so make sure to tune in for more from Donington.