BRIDGMAN BITES BACK WITH ROUND 7 WIN
Tim closes gap as Bacheta crashes out
Tim Bridgman made one giant leap for his Formula Palmer Audi title ambitions in Round 7 at Snetterton, winning the second race of the triple-header to take maximum benefit of Luciano Bacheta's collision with Jack Clarke on the opening lap.
After a sudden change in the weather, the FPA field made a late switch to slick tyres. As the lights went out, Bridgman took the lead from polesitter Clarke, with Bacheta following close behind. As Bacheta attempted to take Clarke for second at the Esses, the pair collided, eliminating both from the race and seriously denting the former's championship lead.
"I used the boost to pass, but I couldn't see he was still on the inside," said Bacheta, who will start the final race of the weekend well down the order. Both drivers refused to apportion blame on the incident: "It was a 50/50 move, it's just a shame it didn't come off very well," said Clarke.
Meanwhile, at the front, it was a textbook display from Bridgman, who rattled off the 18 laps to take his second victory of the season. "I'm still angry from what happened in the first race, but at least this goes some way to make up for it." said Bridgman.
Tom Bradshaw finished second for the second race in a row, plus earned himself pole position for Round 8 with fastest lap. "I realised I couldn't catch Tim, so I focused on getting pole for the third race and I'm happy to get it!"
Wilson came home third, taking his second podium of the season after a superb scrap with friend and rival Richard Plant, who took his best FPA finish to date with fourth. "I couldn't stay with Richard early on, but the car came back to me and I've made up some good ground in the title race," said Stefan.
Jason Moore put in a sterling drive to take fifth place from 15th on the grid, overtaking several cars including a stunning move on the outside of Riches on Ivan Lukashevich. Richard Kent took sixth, followed by Chris Chubb, Alex Brundle, and Jolyon Palmer, who fell back from a potential top-five finish after losing fourth gear.
The results mean just 11 points separate the top three in the championship, with Bacheta on 130 followed by Wilson on 120 and Bridgman on 119.
Formula Palmer Audi - Round 7 Result <pre> 1. Tim Bridgman 18 Laps in 20m05.160s 2. Tom Bradshaw +3.488s 3. Stefan Wilson +8.404s 4. Richard Plant +10.192s 5. Jason Moore +18.362s 6. Richard Kent +19.273s 7. Ivan Lukashevich +19.580s 8. Chris Chubb +23.482s 9. Alex Brundle +24.256s 10. Jolyon Palmer +36.661s 11. Russell Small +39.973s 12. Mark Powell +52.846s 13. Nik Iruwan +54.423s 14. Derrick Collin +55.130s 15. Jeremy Preddy +1 Lap 16. Alan Kempson +1 Lap 17. Max Snegirev +1 Lap
Did Not Finish Doros Loucaides 16 Laps Completed Jack Clarke 2 Laps Completed Luciano Bacheta 1 Lap Completed Dominik Jackson 0 Laps Completed Chris Bell 0 Laps Completed </pre> Fastest Lap - Tom Bradshaw, Lap 12 - 1m05.459s