Spirit Moto Corsa’s Mason Law took home a double podium from what was a very challenging weekend at Brands Hatch, picking up a dramatic victory in the Sprint Race.
Both races took place on what was a very unpredictable Sunday weather wise. This came after the original running of the Sprint Race was abandoned after just one lap on Saturday following a red flag.
Mason displayed all his skills in the ten lap Sprint Race, fighting through the pack in wet conditions and battling with Charlie Nesbitt for the GP2 victory.
It was a very tense last lap, but Mason was able to bring home the win by just 0.057 seconds at the chequered flag. In the process, he also achieved his best overall finish since joining the team, picking up fourth place in the combined Supersport/GP2 honours.
Starting on the front row of the overall grid for the Feature Race, Mason kept the leaders in sight in the dry early stages of the race before it was red flagged due to rain.
At the restart, he was able to take the GP2 lead from Nesbitt but tumbled down the order when he ran wide onto the grass.
However, a determined recovery ride saw him fight back to finish second place in class.
Jamie Perrin suffered a luckless weekend, but between moments of misfortunate he showed flashes of brilliance that demonstrate he is one of GP2’s main contenders this year.
On Saturday, he made up an incredible 17 places on the opening lap of the abandoned Sprint Race and in the dry section of the Feature Race he rocketed through from the mid-pack to catch the leading group just before the red flag came out.
The weekend’s racing was marred by Brad Jones’ accident in British Superbikes on Saturday. The Dorset rider remains in a medically induced coma and all at Spirit Moto Corsa would like to send their best wishes to him and his family at this time.
Mason Law said:
“Brands Hatch was a rollercoaster with definite highs and lows, but the results were great and very much needed after Knockhill.
“The bike gave me really good feeling in the mixed conditions, when you have to rely on it to be able to push. I really enjoyed coming through in race one, starting eleventh [overall] and winning in GP2.
“We got to start on the front row in race two, but in the dry we didn’t have quite so much pace. We definitely need to improve in the dry, but obviously the rain came down and we restarted.
“I felt really good again and honestly believe I could have pushed on for an overall podium or potential race win. Unfortunately, I ran off track onto the wet grass and dropped massively down the ranks.
“This was disappointing, but I really enjoyed coming back to finish second. Picking off riders in those tricky conditions gave me a real feel-good factor.”
Rod McDonagh, CEO, said:
“A win and second place for Mason was another solid round. Mason is getting to grips with the new suspension and modifications to last years bike.
“However, Brands was challenging for Jamie, with great steps forward on both wet and dry race performance and great race pace but this was accompanied by unfortunate technical gremlins. Thruxton will no doubt showcase Jamie’s real pace.
“All our thoughts are with Brad Jones and his family and we hope for positive news in the days ahead.”
Attention now turns to the team’s home round at Thruxton this weekend, for what is the first back-to-back event of the 2021 season.