FPAUDI: Brands Hatch: Round five race notes

BACHETA EXTENDS FPA LEAD WITH ROUND 5 WIN Luciano takes second win of season at Brands Hatch Luciano Bacheta extended his lead in the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship to 18 points after taking his second win of the season in Round...

BACHETA EXTENDS FPA LEAD WITH ROUND 5 WIN
Luciano takes second win of season at Brands Hatch

Luciano Bacheta extended his lead in the 2007 Visma Formula Palmer Audi Championship to 18 points after taking his second win of the season in Round 5 at Brands Hatch.

Starting second, the 17-year-old got the jump on Jolyon Palmer at the start, but was kept honest all the way as he took the victory by just over two seconds. Behind Bacheta, Palmer took the first podium finish of his single-seater career with second, coming out on top of a breathtaking battle with Tim Bridgman after battling past at Pilgrim's Drop on the penultimate lap. Bridgman held third to complete a hat-trick of podium finishes for the weekend, just ahead of a fast-closing Stefan Wilson.

"That was undoubtedly the toughest race of my career," said Bacheta after his victory. "As much as I tried I couldn't pull away from Jolyon and I just couldn't afford to make a single mistake!"

Palmer, meanwhile, was happy to conclude a strong weekend with a display of defensive driving that belied his experience. "It was very hard," said the 16-year-old. "Tim is a very fast driver and keeping him behind was a tough task. He got through but I'm really happy to have got back past him, and it really sums up what an awesome weekend it's been!"

Third-placed Bridgman was happy to have notched up another podium to keep his title charge on track: "I tried to get Jolyon, although I was wary of Stefan closing in late on," he said. "I didn't want to make a move early on as I thought Jolyon would stay with Bacheta, but another podium is a good result and it's been a decent weekend for me."

Behind Wilson, Jack Clarke took fifth after coming out best in a titanic five-car scrap, which lasted the entire race and involved position changes on almost every lap. Giacomo Petrobelli, Richard Kent and Tom Bradshaw followed him home, while Jason Moore missed out on another potential top-six finish after crashing at Westfield under pressure from Richard Kent.

Ninth place went to Chris Bell, who maintained his record of top-10 finishes in every race this season, with Chris Chubb taking 10th after passing Richard Plant into Paddock Hill Bend.

Formula Palmer Audi - Round 5 Result
1. Luciano Bacheta 16 Laps in 23m10.160s
2. Jolyon Palmer +2.225s
3. Tim Bridgman +2.415s
4. Stefan Wilson +2.691s
5. Jack Clarke +11.689s
6. Giacomo Petrobelli +11.870s
7. Richard Kent +13.052s
8. Tom Bradshaw +15.447s
9. Chris Bell +17.603s
10. Chris Chubb +21.801s
11. Richard Plant +32.886s
12. Russell Small +36.109s
13. Nik Iruwan +47.786s
14. Doros Loucaides +48.274s
15. Max Snegirev +53.289s
16. Mark Powell +1 Lap

Did Not Finish
Derrick Collin 14 Laps completed
Alex Brundle 14 Laps completed
Jason Moore 9 Laps completed
Dominik Jackson 1 Lap completed
Jeremy Preddy 0 Laps completed

Did Not Start
Andy Demetriou

Fastest Lap -- Jason Moore, Lap 6 -- 1m25.192s

Formula Palmer Audi - Points Standings after 5 of 20 Rounds
1. Luciano Bacheta 106
2. Stefan Wilson 88
3. Tim Bridgman 77
4. Jack Clarke 63
5. Jolyon Palmer 58
6. Chris Bell 56
7. Richard Plant 52
8. Giacomo Petrobelli 51
8. Jason Moore 51
10. Richard Kent 48
11. Chris Chubb 45
11. Dominik Jackson 45
13. Nik Iruwan 33
14. Alex Brundle 27
15. Tom Bradshaw 25
16. Russell Small 24
16. Matthew Hamilton 24
18. Doros Loucaides 19
19. Mark Powell 17
19. Derrick Collin 17
21. Jeremy Preddy 14
22. Andy Demetriou 13
23. Max Snegirev 9

The next rounds of Formula Palmer Audi take place on 12/13 May at Snetterton. Advance tickets are now available for just £10, with children aged 12 and under admitted free. For more information and to book, visit www.snetterton.co.uk.

-credit: fpa

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Mark Powell , Matthew Hamilton , Jack Clarke , Giacomo Petrobelli , Stefan Wilson , Richard Kent , Luciano Bacheta , Max Snegirev , Alex Brundle , Jason Moore , Jolyon Palmer , Richard Plant , Christopher Bell