FPAUDI: Croft: Round 18 race notes

LUCIANO BACHETA VITORIOUS AT CROFT Championship race moves to Sunday Round 18 of the Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship at Croft has been won by Luciano Bacheta, ahead of Matt Hamilton and Stefan Wilson. The result means that the title...

LUCIANO BACHETA VITORIOUS AT CROFT
Championship race moves to Sunday

Round 18 of the Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship at Croft has been won by Luciano Bacheta, ahead of Matt Hamilton and Stefan Wilson. The result means that the title race will now be decided tomorrow (Sunday, 23 September), with championship leader Tim Bridgman finishing in fourth.

With most eyes focussing on the title race, Bacheta went about his business quietly, leading from start to finish in a commanding performance, despite an engine problem which developed during the race.

"I was unsure about the engine right from the green flag lap. There was a misfire, so I didn't touch the boost at all. I used it once on the final lap on the start-finish straight, and the engine blew up," said Bacheta afterwards.

Matt Hamilton proved why is a driver to watch, with a tactical drive to second, and great passes along the way. "I made an appalling start due to a problem with changing from first to second gear, but coming through the field has given me real confidence for tomorrow. I put a decent move on Tim on lap nine, but I think he was more concerned with the title to put up too much of a fight. It was also really important to set a fast lap in the race to qualify well for race three," commented Hamilton.

Stefan Wilson's goal for round 18 was quite simple -- finish ahead of Tim Bridgman to take the championship fight over to Sunday. Things didn't start well for Wilson, when he slipped from seventh to ninth on the first lap after a poor getaway, but he soon found his rhythm, proving he is a worthy title rival to Bridgman.

"I had a really bad start, but once I got going I just kept overtaking people at the final hairpin. I used all my boosts early on, so was never going to catch Matt and Luciano at the end," said Wilson.

Tim Bridgman was philosophical about his finishing position, and the bigger picture in the championship. "I flat-spotted my tyre in the second qualifying session, so I knew I was going to be a sitting duck out there. On top of that, my engine didn't feel good and I had to use the boost just to keep in touch. I'm grateful of my championship lead, because all my bad luck seems to have come at once," he said.

Bridgman now has a 46 point lead over Wilson, and needs only to score three points in round 19 to clinch the championship tomorrow. Racing is scheduled to start at 1300.

Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship

Round 18 classification
1. Luciano Bacheta 22m42.330s
2. Matt Hamilton + 2.827s
3. Stefan Wilson + 6.912s
4. Tim Bridgman + 8.630s
5. Jason Moore + 9.063s
6. Richard Kent + 19.442s
7. Chris Chubb + 19.882s
8. Tom Bradshaw + 24.271s
9. Richard Plant + 24.694s
10. Chris Bell +35.051s

-credit: fpa

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Stefan Wilson , Richard Kent , Luciano Bacheta , Jason Moore , Richard Plant , Chris Bell