Sharpe wins on championship return as Hounsell takes his maiden victory in Production

Ben Sharpe returned to his winning ways in round five of the 2022 Milltek Sport Civic Cup, taking a hard fought win in the Cup Class as Loui Hounsell took his first ever win in the Production class at Brands Hatch.

Cup Class

Sharpe made a good start in the Pro Alloys Racing EP3, staying ahead as Morgan Bailey passed Jack Harding for second place on the opening lap, followed by Ryan Bensley in fourth ahead Max Lewis before the end of lap one.

Will Redford in the Kinetic Motorsport EP3 was another driver to make a poor start as he lost places early on to Dan Thackeray, Matt Luff and Alistair Camp, looking to recover during the frantic 15 minute encounter on the Indy circuit.

Harding managed to get back ahead of Bailey for second place as Redford fell down the order once more, dropping places as George Alp-Williams started his mid race charge up the order from twelfth on the grid, passing Max Edmundson, Camp, and Thackeray.

The mid pack was always a hot bed of action as places changed lap by lap as ahead, Camp managed to get past Max Lewis, before he fell down the order with issues, having managed to recover several places.

Ben Sharpe held on for the win, admitting afterwards that the EP3 was difficult to keep out front, ahead of Morgan Bailey with Ryan Bensley taking third place in the Zest Racecar Engineering EP3. Jack Harding took a well earned fourth place as George Alp-Williams made up seven places to complete the top five.

Alistair Camp scored important points in sixth place ahead of Dan Thackeray and Matt Luff, with Max Lewis recovering to take ninth place ahead of Ben Mills in tenth position. Jordan Brennan put the JWB Motorsport EP3 in 11th place ahead of Alfie Threlfall in the Team Threlfall entry.

Mathew Cripps, Neal Gardiner and Sam Linssner completed the points positions.

Production Class

Loui Hounsell followed up his maiden podium finish on Saturday with a maiden victory as he broke team-mate Alfie Jeakins run of Production class wins in round five on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

With Mark Hughes starting in pole position, both he and Dave Marshall were soon passed by Hounsell and Jeakins, however the class leader would fall down the order and retire from the race early on, as did Rhys Lewis.

Hounsell took a controlled and measured approach to the race as he stayed ahead, as Aaron Reeve tried to close down the lead gap during the 15 minute race, but to no avail.

Loui Hounsell went on to take the win ahead of Aaron Reeve, who claimed his first podium in class in his first weekend in the Championship with Dave Marshall maintaining his run of podiums this season.