Hamilton boosts to victory Matt wins on FPA debut Matt Hamilton made full use of the Formula Palmer Audi overboost system to take victory in an opening round of the 2007 Championship at Silverstone brimming with overtaking and drama. Hamilton,...
Hamilton boosts to victory
Matt wins on FPA debut
Matt Hamilton made full use of the Formula Palmer Audi overboost system to take victory in an opening round of the 2007 Championship at Silverstone brimming with overtaking and drama.
Hamilton, 17, made a poor getaway from pole position with Luciano Bacheta assuming the lead, but managed to hold on to second as the field sped through Copse. Jack Clarke was in third as the field reached Maggotts, but was punted off by Andy Demetriou, with the resulting chaos of drivers taking evasive action causing Derrick Collin and Max Snegirev to come together, ending both their races early along with Demetriou's.
After a lengthy safety car period, the race resumed on lap seven with Bacheta holding off Hamilton, until missing a gear on the exit of Becketts. Hamilton took full advantage, using one of his 60bhp boosts down the National Straight to take a lead into Brooklands that he would hold for the remainder of the race.
Further back, Tim Bridgman made a great move on racing rookie Jason Moore for third on the restart, and while unable to pull away, Bridgman continued to robustly defend Moore in the battle for the final podium place.
As a result of the first-lap incidents, Dominik Jackson and Giacomo Petrobelli had made good progress from their lowly grid positions, running fifth and sixth by the end of lap 12. While Jackson proceeded to eat into the gap between himself and the fight for third, Petrobelli eventually lost his top-six placing to Richard Kent and Stefan Wilson.
As the race drew to its conclusion and the top two places settled, Jackson proceeded to make the battle for third a three-way affair, with Bridgman unable to withstand the pressure, suffering from heavy tyre wear. As he made a mistake at Becketts on the penultimate lap, Moore pounced to take a surprise podium, with Jackson getting past after a similar Bridgman error at Copse on the final tour. At the front, however, Hamilton kept a cool head after a lacklustre start to net his first 24 points of the season, as well as his first car racing victory.
"I didn't realise how important using the boost was - the extra 60bhp really made the difference," said Matt. "I still had to push hard for the rest of the race, but I feel good for Race 2."
Bacheta, meanwhile, remained upbeat after holding station in second, finishing just 2.5 seconds behind Hamilton. "It was just a little mistake, but it's so competitive so that's all it takes. It's a long year, so 20 points is a good way to start."
In third place, Moore could scarcely disguise his joy at taking a podium finish in his first ever car race. "Fourth place would have been a good finish for me, but third is absolutely fantastic!" said the reigning Super 1 TKM karting champion.
Meanwhile, Clarke managed to salvage six points after recovering to 14th place after the first-lap incident at Becketts. "It's a real shame that my first FPA race was ruined like this, but I still kept at it and six points is better than no points."
On his FPA debut, Jolyon Palmer took 12th spot after battling hard with the cars around him, just beating FPA returnee Alex Brundle who ws forced to settle for 13th position. <pre> Formula Palmer Audi - Round 1 Result 1. Matt Hamilton 22 laps in 23m39.607s 2. Luciano Bacheta +2.429s 3. Jason Moore +12.872s 4. Dominik Jackson +14.221s 5. Tim Bridgman +14.576s 6. Richard Kent +15.217s 7. Stefan Wilson +18.967s 8. Chris Bell +20.690s 9. Giacomo Petrobelli +21.178s 10. Tom Bradshaw +21.370s 11. Richard Plant +21.705s 12. Jolyon Palmer +22.034s 13. Alex Brundle +22.381s 14. Jack Clarke +28.741s 15. Mark Powell +32.711s 16. Nik Iruwan +33.037s 17. Chris Chubb +34.536s 18. Doros Loucaides +40.736s 19. Jeremy Preddy +1 Lap
Not classified after 22 Laps Andy Demetriou 0 Laps Derrick Collin 0 Laps Max Snegirev 0 Laps
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