GT3: Racing Box secure race two at Silverstone.

Pirri would run off track again a lap later - without losing a place - while a spin for Zani capped a miserable stint behind the DBRS9 for the Italian as he slipped out of the top ten.

With Simonsen holding a comfortable lead, battle raged for second with Cioci coming under pressure from Makowieki before the Frenchman claimed second on lap ten, as the JMB Ferrari led a train of Vipers towards the mandatory pitstops - Makowieki and Cioci being followed by Zacchia and Reid who had carried the Pouchelon car into fifth after overhauling the similar machine of Patrick Bornhauser. With Livio in seventh, it meant Sean Edwards in eighth in the Tech 9 Porsche was the only other non Dodge inside the top eight positions at the end of lap eleven.

The majority of teams having started the race with their quickest drivers onboard, it took time for the leaders to pit but once they did Hector Lester retained the lead in the JMB Racing Ferrari but behind him, Olivier Dupard had jumped to second having taken over from Zacchia in the Racing Logistic car with Zonca third and Ceccato fourth - with work to do to catch the cars ahead but lapping significantly quicker than the three drivers ahead.

Lap-by-lap the gap between the Ferrari and the three Vipers came down, with under six seconds seperating the first four at the end of lap 23. Behind them, Stuart Turvey was also lapping quickly to have moved the Ascari into fifth, with Paul Van Splunteren and Ian Khan sixth and seventh having battled past Gilles Duqueine in the #29 Viper.

However on lap 24 came the incident that would ultimately shape the result of the race as the battle between the three Vipers went wrong. Zonca tried to muscle his way past Dupard but only succeeded in pushing the Racing Logistic car round which removed him from contention and allowed Ceccato in the sister Racing Box machine to not only go third, but close right onto the tail of Zonca's car - moving ahead into second before Zonca fought back into the position.

With the clock ticking ever closer to zero and the conclusion of racing, the bickering Vipers looked to be doing their best to throw away a possible victory as Lester was able to break away a little but with backmarkers appearing in front of the Ferrari at the worst possible times - the two Vipers remained in contention heading into the final lap.

Although Lester crossed the line 2.4 seconds ahead of Zonca to start the final lap, the Viper was clearly the quicker car although the Silverstone timing screens had been flashing up the message that Zonca was 'under investigation' for his part in Dupard being removed from the battle for victory.

On the run down Hangar Straight, Lester went left to go round a backmarker while Zonca went right, giving him the inside line as the two went into Stowe corner and putting the Viper into the lead.

Lester was then left to try and hold off Ceccato but as the Zonca edged away towards victory, the Italian saw the race taken away from him as the message appeared that the Viper was being given a drive through penalty. All of a sudden, Lester was once more fighting for victory but he was unable to hold off the challege of Ceccato who took the place in the closing corners to give Racing Box race two honours.

Second place was still a fine result for the United Christian Broadcasters backed Ferrai, while third went to Dupard and Zacchia despite the late spin. Stuart Turvey inherited fourth in the Ascari while Zonca and Cioci had to console themselve with fifth once the penalty for Cioci's indiscretion was applied.

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