With Kaiser staying in for a double stint he continued to consolidate his place in the top 10, becoming ever stronger into the second hour.
He had been chasing the RLR Ligier of Van Uitert for a while and as his rivals began to pit again, he completed the second hour in a magnificent third, before ending his long stint. “I stayed out as long as I could on fuel, then got held up by a Porsche in the pitlane and lost about 15 seconds,” he added.
Terence Woodward was in for the third hour and after rejoining seventh made fairly rapid progress. He soon closed in on RLR’s Farano for fourth and was able to get into third before the final stop, with only the two United Autosports Ligier’s of Wells and Falb ahead.
James Swift jumped in for the final stint and had soon settled in fifth, but once again the RLR car was challenging as Lahaye’s Norma became the target.
“Rob Garofall had new tyres on the RLR car and he came passed me on the inside of Stowe. I tried to put my elbows out a bit and retook him, but he outbraked himself into the Vale and hit me, I spun and Lahaye was taken off too, so Garofall got a stop go penalty which left me clear fourth,” said Swift.
Lahaye was all that stood between Swift and another podium finish and he managed to bring the gap down to just over 12 seconds, but had to settle for fourth and only 1m48s away from victory.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing on August 21st 2018