Rising star Tom Lebbon maintained his place inside the top six of the GB3 Championship presented by the BRDC after battling his way to a second victory of the season at Silverstone.
The We Finance Any Car-backed driver headed to the home of British Motorsport for the second of back-to-back meetings that kicked off the second half of the season, with Tom and his Elite Motorsport team having enjoyed a month long break after the previous meeting at Snetterton.
A trip to the famous Spa circuit in Belgium a week earlier had seen Tom in the heart of the action throughout – kicking off in testing where he lapped in a solid eighth place.
Having qualified in tenth on the grid for the opening race, Tom produced a battling drive through to sixth spot on the road, with a time penalty for one of the drivers ahead for exceeding track limits promoting him up a spot into fifth.
However, Tom would later be demoted a position after officials deemed him to have gained an unfair advantage in making a move on former team-mate Javier Sagrera mid-way through the race – putting him back down to sixth.
Race two would end in disappointment when Tom sustained damage on the opening lap that forced him to retire to the pits, whilst he fought hard for a 13th place finish in the reverse grid final race – which had to be halted and restarted after an incident on the second lap.
The result would later be amended however due to an issue in how the grid was formed for the restart, moving Tom up a spot into twelfth.
Heading straight to Silverstone – where he had secured his maiden win earlier in the campaign – Tom showed his pace in Friday testing to set the third best time and then impressed in qualifying to go fifth fastest, little over a tenth of a second off pole.
The exclusion of the pole sitting car moved Tom up onto the second row of the grid for the opening race although he would lose ground on the opening lap to slip back to seventh spot.
Fighting hard with Nico Christodoulou throughout, Tom was able to nip ahead on the penultimate lap to secure sixth place before taking his place on the front row for race two – a position decided thanks to his second quickest time in qualifying.
Blasting ahead of Callum Voisin on the opening lap, Tom would be shadowed by his rival throughout, with Voisin trying to make a move for the lead heading onto the Wellington Straight for the final time.
Contact between the pair resulted in Voisin losing his front wing and Tom sustaining a punctured right rear tyre, although he was able to hold in through the final corners to grab the race win.
Post race however, Tom was one of a number of drivers to be excluded from the result for a yellow flag infringement before an appeal from the team saw him re-instated into the result – albeit with a five place grid penalty to be served at the next event.
It meant win number two of the campaign for the teenager, who would round out the weekend with 13th place in the reverse grid finale – leaving him in a comfortable sixth in the standings ahead of the penultimate meeting of the campaign at Brands Hatch in September.
“It’s great to have been able to score my second win of the season,” he said. “We showed good pace all weekend and having got the job on Callum at the start of race two, it was a case of holding on and making sure I kept him behind.
“He was putting me under pressure the whole way through and on the final lap, we had a little touch that meant I picked up a puncture but luckily there were only a few corners left and I was able to hold on to secure the victory.
“Overall, I’m happy with the pace we showed and the win is great as it means we have been able to keep our place in the top six going into the break.”