Victory Lane for AWE for Round 2 Rockingham

Ant Whorton-Eales fired an ominous warning shot about his intentions for this year’s MINI CHALLENGE JCW Championship title by taking a dominant victory in race one at Rockingham, his second win in a row.

AW-E made a strong start from pole when the lights went out and managed to edge clear just before chaos broke out behind him.

AW-E held the lead ahead of Luke Reade, Ollie Pidgley, the fast-starting Calum King and James Gornall. When the green flags flew again, AW-E made it looked easy to tour away from the pack into an unassailable lead.

One-hundred percent I could relax after the restart as I knew I had the pace in the car,” said the JamSport driver. “This is the first time we’ve done a race start on new slick Dunlops, so none of us knew really how it would go. Turns out we’ve got the car in a good place and now we can look at maybe making it that bit more aggressive for race two.”

Behind AW-E, Reade was a solid second, adding: “It’s been a long time coming to get onto the podium but it feels great. The team has got the car into a great window and I could push for pretty much the whole race without suffering with too much tyre degradation. Hopefully I can push on from here as it’s been a strong start to the season.