Performing strongly throughout the weekend, with a fantastic turn of pace in qualifying and race conditions, the McLaren 570s duo were on course to potentially claim a maiden victory in round nine on Saturday, 19th August, until a late-race tangle for Mor ended in retirement.
Hitting back impressively in race two, Hutchison took the second stint of Sunday’s race and scorched to the chequered flag within five seconds of the potent race winning Maserati to bring plenty of cheer to the Verschuur camp.
“Race one was obviously a massive disappointment for everyone in the team, so to come back in race two with P2 on the podium was great and an ideal way to end the weekend”, reflected 17-year-old Hutchison, “The car was strong through all sessions, qualifying was good with P3 in each run and our race pace was pretty good too.”
Hutchison qualified the No.10 McLaren third fastest for race one and delivered a very competitive opening stint, challenging for second and actually gaining the position when Ander Vilarino had to serve a drive-through penalty. Another penalty for the leading Maserati then elevated Hutchison into first place and after the mid-race driver change pit-stop Mor emerged at the head of the field.
With the lead battle closing up into the final 10 minutes of the one-hour contest, Mor and Eike Angermayr tangled while dicing at the front which led to instant retirement for both the McLaren and the KTM.
For race two, Mor took the first stint from third on the grid and kept the duo in podium contention before the race was red flagged as a result of a significant fire for one of the Ginettas. With officials enabling driver changes taking place prior to the resumption, when the action got back underway Hutchison was behind the wheel of the No.10 car and he held third spot.
When the second placed KTM of Willem Meijer ran wide with little more than five minutes to go, Hutchison pounced and grabbed the place before taking the chequered flag just 4.7 seconds shy of the winning Maserati.