Herbert is match at Brands Hatch for rivals

Luke Herbert at Brands Hatch  Picture by Marc Waller
Luke Herbert at Brands Hatch Picture by Marc Waller

Brands Hatch in Kent saw the latest rounds of the Michelin Clio Cup series as Luke Herbert looked to boost his championship position.

The Aldingbourne ace had run the fastest lap the last time out at Donington Park and was hoping to go well this time.

Testing on Friday suggested things could go well with Herbert among the fastest runners all day.

Qualifying has been Herbert’s biggest problem this year – his frustrations have been causing him to over-drive the car, leading to slower lap times than he might otherwise be capable of getting.

He found he was unable to overcome these issues and took eighth on the grid for race one, seventh in race two.

Race one saw Herbert get a great start, making up two places off the grid. This put him sixth and he joined the leading pack battling for the lead. Brett Smith spun off in front of him to put him fifth. A crash suffered by Jeff Smith brought out the red flags.

The race was close to the end so wasn’t restarted and Herbert took fourth.

In race two, Herbert again made a perfect start – taking two places on the first lap to run fifth. He passed Paul Streather to take fourth going up the hill into the Druids’ Hairpin.

Herbert was running two tenths of a second quicker than the top three and was soon up to third-placed Smith’s rear bumper. He tried every trick he could think of but Smith drove defensively leaving Herbert with no opportunities to pass and he took fourth.

Herbert said: “I’m happy with those results given where we started. The set-up on the car was great so thanks to Westbourne Motorsport for doing a brilliant job, and to my sponsor, SRC Recycling, for their continued support.”

Herbert is joint third with Streather in the championship after his results at Brands Hatch. The next rounds are at at Snetterton on August 30 and 31 when he will be aiming for his first win of the year.