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Luke Sport X MAXIMUM MOTORSPORT ROUNDS 19, 20 & 21

23rd Aug

As the green flag fell on Qualifying Lines was straight out of the pit lane to take to the 1.3-mile circuit. A couple of laps in and a pit stop to cross tyres Lines set his best time on Lap 7 with a 52.942. +1.421 away from a pole time but the most impressive of the season to date.Lines was set to start the opening race of the weekend in 29th. Lines made a good start as the lights went out for race 1 holding 29th, but was under pressure from Ollie Jackson who made it past Mark Howard from the start line. On lap 4 Jackson made a clean move past Lines demoting him to 30th before Aron Smith suffered contact demoting him to back of the pack and handing Lines back the 29th spot. Knockhill is well known for being hard on the cars with big curbs and Lines was subject this losing his first bit of bodywork of the weekend at the end of the pit straight on lap 4.As the race progressed, Lines continued to push hard, setting his best lap on Lap 5 passing Matt Simpson. Lines now faced Michael Caine up ahead. Caine is well known across British Motorsport and managed to hold Lines at bay. Other drivers up ahead having their own battles proved advantageous for Lines as multiple cars suffered gravel visits and contact. As the chequered flag was deployed with Lines completed race 1 in 25th place.For race 2 Lines ran the nominated soft tyre. As the pack entered turn 1, Lines made contact with Jeff Smith resulting in him re-joining the track in 28th position. With no visible damage, Lines continued full of fire and up for the fight.Up ahead Mark Howards spun which resulted in a safety car being deployed on lap 3. With the race now extended by 3 laps, Lines made it straight past Mark Howard on the restart. Lines then made lap after lap progress, passing Ash Sutton, O. Jackson, Simpson, Abbott and was closing down on Alex Martin. On lap 20 Lines made the move around Martin to claim 22nd.In the closing stages of the race, Tom Ingram headed to the pits which meant Lines could close in on Dan Welch and within one lap made it past and was up to 20th position. In the dying staged of the 2nd race, there was contact up ahead which Lines avoided, promoting him to 17th place – his best finished off his 2016 campaign.Race 3 had the foundations for history making for Maximum Motorsport, but contact was made between resulting in them suffering damage. Lines took to the grass and managed to re-join in 25th place behind his old Volkswagen team-mate Martin Depper.With the safety car being deployed on lap 6 Lines took a moment to relax before pressing chasing the pack down. On the restart, Depper made it past O. Jackson leaving Lines chasing the bright red Audi. With Josh Cook and Warren Scott going off Lines was up to 22nd and with the gap now closing to O. Jackson Lines had him firmly in his sight, but there was to be traffic up ahead. The 5 drivers were now playing a game of cat and mouse but as the chequered flag fell Lines made a superb effort to recover to 22nd.The Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship now heads to Rockingham, Corby.

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