Brundle's bad start has knock-on effect
Lewis Beales'Rubbish' was how Alex Brundle summed up his results in the latest British Formula Three races, held at the Magny Cours Circuit in France, as the King's Lynn driver failed to finish in two of the three events.Lewis Beales
'Rubbish' was how Alex Brundle summed up his results in the latest British Formula Three races, held at the Magny Cours Circuit in France, as the King's Lynn driver failed to finish in two of the three events.
'On the positive side I did qualify in the top ten and raced through from 20th to 12th place in a shortened second race,' said the 19-year-old.
In the single qualifying session the local racer secured a top ten start for race three and 12th place for the opening race, while the grid order for race two is set by your finishing position in the opening event.
Sadly for Brundle his weekend hopes plummeted as he never completed a single lap of the first race after being run into by Lucas Foresti, which then put him on the back of the grid for race two.
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A good start to the second race saw Brundle jump up several places and he was soon on the tail of Adriano Buzaid who he pressurised relentlessly for his 11th place but was unable to find a way past before the chequered flag.
Brundle's hopes of a decent result also evaporated in the third race when a rear hub broke and he crashed out on the ninth lap.
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'Buzaid got away slowly in front of me and I got hit from behind which could have caused the hub to fail,' said Brundle.
At least the Lynn racer hasn't got to wait long to see if his fortune changes as the series visits Hockenheim in Germany this weekend.
Attleborough's Paul Rogers may have missed the opening round of the RGB Championship, having donated a kidney to his brother, but has bounced back with three straight victories and is only a single point away from leading the series.
Rogers claimed pole position and his first victory at Mallory Park after passing the fast starting Doug Carter on the second lap.
His next two victories came at Brands Hatch where he again started from pole position, this time beating John Cutmore.
As he feared, Brundall's James Blyth was unable to make the grid of the Fiat Trofeo Abarth 500 races at Cadwell Park after being rolled out of the previous event at Silverstone.
However his team-mates, Charlie Butler-Henderson, Gareth Howell and Josh Wakefield, in the Thetford-based Advent Motorsport squad did manage to finish third, fourth and sixth respectively in race one.
In race two, Butler-Henderson again claimed third place with Wakefield sixth once more but former series leader Howell retired on his second lap.
Robbie Boon upheld local honour in the latest races in the Stock Hatch series at Brands Hatch with fifth place in the first race and third in race two.
Former Stock Hatch double title holder, Maurice Hayden, plans to abandon his Citroen C2 and return to a Saxo which the Wisbech racer hopes will return him to his earlier winning ways.