Ferrari Challenge: Diaz denied a double

A broken gearbox robbed mercurial Spaniard Javier Diaz of an otherwise certain double victory at this weekend's Brands Hatch round of the Ferrari 360 Challenge. Diaz had dominated all weekend - having taken a convincing pole, he went on to seal victory and record the fastest lap in race one. In the feature race, he again started from pole and stretched his lead until his gearbox gave way on the penultimate lap

Ferrari Challenge: Diaz denied a double

Diaz, in Saturday's race, had disappeared over the horizon after Pier Giuseppe Perazzini lunged inside Cullen at the first corner, taking himself out of the race and sending Cullen to the back. Two safety car interludes bunched up the field and ensured a tense finish to the race, but Diaz stayed cool on both restarts and Ange Barde could do nothing as his rival cruised to victory.

Dutchman John Bosch, who was forced to start from the pit lane with engine troubles, made a characteristic charge through the field to take an impressive third.

After Diaz's departure from race two, Monaco Motors' driver Barde, who had been under heavy pressure throughout from Irishman Michael Cullen and Luciano Linos, an Italian newcomer to the European series, was in a perfect position to inherit the lead. The win, however, was not to be his, for although he was first on the road, he was later excluded for incorrect specification rear shock absorbers.

Cullen, now in his third Ferrari Challenge season, was left to celebrate his maiden victory, while Barde lamented the loss of 50 percent of his season's points and the evaporation of his championship lead. Linos and compatriot Perazzini took the final podium spots.

In class two, home driver John Greasley had a successful weekend, taking pole for race one alongside Ferrari UK team-mate, John Seale, then a lights-to-flag victory ahead of Martin Lanting and Francois Labhardt. Greasley led the early stages of a drenched feature race, but was overcome by a storming drive from Swiss pilot René de Luigi who had started in 20th.

Javier Diaz (ESP) 29m26.435s
Ange Barde (F) 29m27.056s
John Bosch (NL) 29m31.195s
Louis Machiels (B) 29m32.951s
Hector Lester (GB) 29m33.977s
Michael Cullen (IRL) 29m34.909s

Michael Cullen (IRL) 34m53.757s
Luciano Linos (I) 35m01.840s
Pier Giuseppe Perazzini (I) 35m14.250s
Norbert Graf (D) 35m31.610s
Tony Ring (SWE) 35m32.786s
Jochen Berger (D) 35m35.317s

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