Luciano Bacheta will head to the deciding Autumn Trophy meeting at Brands Hatch next weekend with a slender two-point lead in the series, after taking two wins and a third place in today's races at Snetterton. After a slow start from pole...
Luciano Bacheta will head to the deciding Autumn Trophy meeting at Brands Hatch next weekend with a slender two-point lead in the series, after taking two wins and a third place in today's races at Snetterton.
After a slow start from pole position in Round One, Bacheta fended off the challenge of Alex Brundle and Stephen Young and built a lead. American Dane Cameron disposed of Young and then Brundle early on to take second, but couldn't make up the gap to Bacheta.
Despite a safety car period after Brundle collected the tyre island at the Esses, Bacheta managed to maintain his lead and took victory by two seconds. 'I had an awful start, but used the boost for the first three laps to build up a lead. Apart from that, I'm delighted!' said a modest Bacheta.
Cameron held pole position for Round Two and made the most of it, starting well from pole and edging out a small lead over Bacheta. A safety-car period wiped this out, but he made the most of the restart to ensure his success.
"I pulled out a bit of a gap, and although the tyres went off a little, I was pretty comfortable." said an ecstatic Californian. Meanwhile, Bacheta couldn't quite hang on to second as Aaron Steele made the most of a missed gear from the Essex teenager down the Revett Straight on the penultimate lap.
In the final race of the day, poleman Bacheta managed to drive a flawless race to take the win by just 1.6 seconds ahead of Cameron and Steele. "I made mistakes with my boosts in Race Two, so I was a lot more careful this time around and made sure I had some spare if I needed them" said Bacheta
Cameron was pleased with his overall effort: "I was hoping for another win, but second is OK. I'm only two points behind and we came here to win, so it's all going according to plan!"
In the championship standings, Bacheta has 66 points, followed by Cameron on 64 and Steele on 56. The trio all took three podiums, which at a combined age of just 51 (Bacheta is 16, Cameron 18, Steele 17) makes them the youngest-ever podiums in FPA's nine-year history!