KNAPP CONFIDENT AFTER BRANDS HATCH MASTERS CUP WIN


Knapp confident after surprise win in the UK Clio Cup Masters Cup at Brands Hatch

Ben Seyfried looked to be on course to finish as the highest-placed runner in the class for the over-38s. With just over a lap to go he was seven seconds clear of Knapp who had become embroiled in a battle with JamSport’s George Jackson.

But then came the moment that decided otherwise as Seyfried was sent spinning in a collision with, of all people, his SV Racing team-mate Jack Mitchell.

As he recovered Knapp drove past for the win, although he admitted: “I didn’t know I’d won until I got to parc ferme and I was handed the cap to wear on the podium!

“Sure I didn’t have Ben’s pace on Sunday and he should have won but to come first you have to finish. In my eyes I deserve the win.”

The fact Knapp had only completed his deal to race with Cooksport in the week leading up to Brands – meaning he went into the event with minimal testing – made his class win even sweeter.

He added: “I think things will be different at Donington. I started to feel at home in the car on Sunday – it had taken me the two test sessions on Friday just to get the seating position right – and at Donington I’m aiming to qualify inside the top seven outright.

“On fastest lap times at Brands I was only seven tenths of a second off the fastest (set by Ash Hand) and I think Ben and I are going to have some good battles this year. I’m very optimistic for the rest of the season and the team thinks I could be on for a top five in the outright championship.”

Seyfried would clearly relish an on-track battle with Knapp. “I’ve not raced him before – at Brands we were a bit apart on track – but I’d look forward to that,” he said.

“Brands Hatch was obviously highs and lows for me. I had a great qualifying in slippery conditions and in the second race was looking really good.

“I was always going for the overall result but it’s disappointing to find out I would have been on the podium in my first Clio Cup race up until the moment with my team-mate. We’ve chatted about it and are OK now but obviously it also meant I lost points and so did he because of his time penalty afterwards and of course it also cost the team points.”

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