Brookes had been hoping to snatch the final class podium place, “I could see Chris was struggling and all I needed was one lap after the safety car, and we didn’t get it,” he added.
Steven Lake was out too in his Radical SR3, he came home fifth in the Open Class.
With his earlier problems solved, Hoy was back up to pace for the second race.
He led the class from the off and was fifth overall, until Chris Short moved up to second in class and began to close in.
As they went through the Maggotts and Becketts complex for the seventh time they were side by side, before Short went ahead into the Loop.
“I got him back as we went onto the Vale, he went into far too hot,” said Hoy, after retaking sixth overall and the class lead.
The pressure was still on however, but Short’s next attempt brought his race to a premature end and left Hoy in the clear to record his class win. “I could see he was trying too hard and he spun at Luffield, so I was just able ease off and bring it home,” said Hoy.
Lake finished just behind Hoy for sixth in his class, with Brookes ninth overall and third in the Revolution class.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, 1st June 2021
Images by Oliver Read.