WILSON ROLLS BACK THE YEARS WITH MAIDEN CAR RACING WIN Stefan emulates Justin with Round 4 glory at Brands Hatch Stefan Wilson followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Justin by taking his maiden Formula Palmer Audi win in Round 4 on...
WILSON ROLLS BACK THE YEARS WITH MAIDEN CAR RACING WIN
Stefan emulates Justin with Round 4 glory at Brands Hatch
Stefan Wilson followed in the footsteps of his elder brother Justin by taking his maiden Formula Palmer Audi win in Round 4 on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.
The 17-year-old Yorkshireman started second on the grid and hunted down Round 3 winner Tim Bridgman, passing him down Pilgrim's Drop with four laps to go. The win came in only Stefan's 10th car race, as he aims to emulate Justin, who won the first-ever FPA championship in 1998 before going on to race in Formula 1.
Behind the leading pair, Jolyon Palmer headed the chasing pack in the early stages, with Luciano Bacheta making the break past him at Stirling's on lap six, with Jack Clarke making it past at the same corner. Jolyon eventually fell to sixth after Jason Moore made it through into fifth three laps later, but held off a sustained last-lap onslaught from Dominik Jackson to remain in the top six. But there was no denying an emotional Wilson his first win in stunning fashion.
"It's an incredible feeling to win for the first time," said the Solvents With Safety-backed driver. "It means a lot to me, especially as I didn't win a race in karting last year, and I've got to thank my dad Keith for being so supportive!"
Second-placed Bridgman was sporting in congratulating Stefan, and was glad to notch up his second podium of the weekend: "He put me under a lot of pressure and drove very well. He used the boost button to perfection, but another second place is a step in the right direction."
Third-placed Bacheta kept up his 100% podium finish record, btu rued the amount of time it took to pass Palmer: "I think I had the pace to run with the front two, but it took me five laps to pass Jolyon. I managed to take a chunk of time out of them, but I just ran out of laps."
Formula Palmer Audi - Round 4 Result
1. Stefan Wilson 16 Laps in 23m08.915s
2. Tim Bridgman +0.876s
3. Luciano Bacheta +3.153s
4. Jack Clarke +9.930s
5. Jason Moore +10.480s
6. Jolyon Palmer +11.975s
7. Dominik Jackson +12.692s
8. Richard Plant +24.874s
9. Chris Chubb +27.489s
10. Chris Bell +28.624s
11. Russell Small +47.260s
12. Giacomo Petrobelli +48.257s
13. Doros Loucaides +49.437s
14. Nik Iruwan +59.809s
15. Derrick Collin +1m00.470s
16. Jeremy Preddy +1m04.956s
17. Tom Bradshaw +1m05.000s
18. Max Snegirev +1:05.917s
Did Not Finish
Alex Brundle 11 Laps completed
Andy Demetriou 6 Laps completed
Richard Kent 6 Laps completed
Mark Powell 6 Laps completed
Fastest Lap - Stefan Wilson, Lap 11 - 1m25.774s