MOTOR RACING: Whittaker retains BMW championship lead

Garrie Whittaker leads race one. Photo: Derek John Binsted
Garrie Whittaker leads race one. Photo: Derek John Binsted
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Barnstone saloon car racer Garrie Whittaker maintained his lead in the Kumho Tyres BMW Championship despite suffering his first defeat of the season in the lastest two rounds at Oulton Park last weekend.

It was a busy Bank Holiday Monday for Garrie and the rest of the 28-car grid, with qualifying and two races in one day.

Garrie qualified his BMW E36 M3 first on the grid with an average speed of 85.93mph for the 2.22-mile Island circuit.

He led the first race comfortably in dry conditions for several laps but lost power with what later turned out to be a throttle cable issue. However, he was still able to finish the race in third place.

With the problem resolved and rain now falling steadily, Garrie took his place on the second row of the grid and made a good start, taking the race lead on lap three. He continued to make progress on the field and took the chequered flag by nearly five seconds from the closest chaser.

Garrie currently leads the championship with 88 points, six ahead of Mathew Fielding.