Robert Sayell battles a galaxy of rivals in Formula Jedi series at Snetterton
PUBLISHED: 09:05 15 June 2017
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Robert Sayell maintained his Formula Jedi title challenge with a trio of podium places on his home track of Snetterton – but missed out on victory on each occasion.
The King’s Lynn racer made a demon start to race one to put pressure on race leader Michael Watton, but fell back to fourth mid-race before regrouping to secure the final podium place as Lee Morgan recovered from a poor start to claim second.
The current title holder, Sayell led race two until mid-distance when Morgan slipped by, followed by Watton, who narrowly failed to dislodge Morgan for victory, while in the third event Sayell couldn’t make an impression on the leading duo of Morgan and Paul Butcher.
The results leave Sayell three points ahead of Morgan in the title chase.
Current BMW Compact Cup title holder James Gornall dominated the opening race, but couldn’t dislodge Steven Dailly from the lead of the second event no matter how hard he tried.
Besthorpe’s Tom Griffiths claimed ninth place in the first contest with an 11th-place finish in race two on his debut at his home track.
A close three-way battle ensued in the HRDC Allstars race, with Brian Small profiting from the retirements of both Matthew Moore and Charles Rainford to take victory.
In the Touring Greats, the Riley 1.5-mounted David Devine was never threatened while a last-lap pass on Gavin Watson gave John Yea second place.
Alan Brooke had to reassert himself in the opening MG Cup race after Gianni Picone forced his way into a mid-race lead while Richard Buckley also found a way past Picone before the finish. In race two, Brooke kept his rivals at arm’s length while Buckley had to deal with Picone and Jake Burns to take second place.
Martyn Walsh deposed early VW Golf race one leader Dan Rose which ensured he took victory, while in race two Simon Hill passed Walsh and held on to take a narrow victory.
In the opening Porsche race Adam Southgate led throughout while in the second encounter Ed Hayes had to pass both Southgate and Richard Avery to take victory. In the final event Hayes only had to deal with Avery to greet the chequered flag.