McLoughlin wins after exclusions. Mark McLoughlin (Milton Keynes) has been declared the winner of yesterday's third round of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton after Robert Bell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and Danny Watts (Northampton),...
McLoughlin wins after exclusions.
Mark McLoughlin (Milton Keynes) has been declared the winner of yesterday's third round of the Formula Renault UK Championship at Thruxton after Robert Bell (Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and Danny Watts (Northampton), who finished the race first and second, were later excluded from the results.
After the race, Bell and Watts' cars were found not to comply with the championship's technical regulations. Their teams, Motaworld Racing and Fortec Motorsport, have launched appeals which could yet win them back their points.
However, until the appeals are heard, McLoughlin is provisionally the race winner. The result means he becomes the new championship leader. It also marks the first ever win in Formula Renault for his team Paston Racing.
Like McLoughlin, every other driver to finish the race gains two places in the race result. Manor Motorsport's Lewis Hamilton (Tewin, Welwyn), who finished fourth, is thus promoted to second position and, at the expense of Bell and Watts, is awarded the race's fastest lap for two bonus points which have helped move him up to third in the overall championship standings.
The race was effectively run in two stages after incidents mid-field led to a four-lap Safety Car period to allow marshals to clear a number of abandoned cars at the side of the track. Bell had already shown he could break clear of the rest of the field, headed by Watts, and did so again when racing resumed as the Safety Car returned to the pitlane.
Until the Safety Car's intervention, Watts had needed to fight to keep back Bell's Motaworld team-mate Will Davison (Buckingham), the Australian in sensational form having started a brilliant second on the grid for his first ever race at Thruxton. Soon after the restart, however, McLoughlin managed to force his way past Davison - their cars banging wheels - and was followed almost immediately into fourth spot by the opportunist Hamilton who, having clawed his way up from ninth on the grid, was deservedly voted Michelin Driver of the Day.
Down to fifth, Davison now had to keep at bay Falcon Motorsport team-mates James Rossiter (Oxford) and Swede Robin Rudholm (Milton Keynes). This is how they would finish, with Motaworld's Alex Lloyd (Port Soderick) next up, the 17-year-old having run as high as fourth for much of the race only to lose positions shortly after Safety Car period. John Village Automotive's Ryan Sharp (Aberdeen) was just 2/10ths of a second behind Lloyd in ninth, while Fortec's Jamie Green (Broughton Astley) fought off Cliff Dempsey Racing's Keith Dempsey (Ashbourne) for 10th (now eighth) to score his first points of the season.
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