10/09/2017

Ethan Hammerton wins race two at Snetterton, Marzorati & Grady leave tying for points lead

Ethan Hammerton bounced back from disappointment in race one to take a commanding victory in Snetterton’s second Renault UK Clio Cup Junior championship encounter, leading home Jack Young and Connor Grady in tricky wet conditions.
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In what proved to be another entertaining battle, shortened by five minutes due to the circuit's noise curfew, JamSport Racing's Hammerton produced a near-perfect performance…

MRM Racing’s Young started the race from pole position and fended off Hammerton’s advances around the outside of the first bend, Riches.

Behind, race one winner Max Marzorati struggled to get off the line and dropped to the back of the field. The Team Pyro driver showed good pace but would ultimately be unable to improve on his position in the end.

Up front Hammerton made his move on lap two as he set the fastest lap of the race, slipping down the inside of Young at the left-handed Agostini hairpin.

As rain started to fall on an already damp track, Hammerton got his head down and began to pull away from Young and the chasing pack.

WDE’s Grady then took third away from JamSport’s Gus Burton at Wilson hairpin, the latter unable to think about retaliating as he suddenly also had Team Pyro’s Lorcan Hanafin filling his mirrors. Keen to bounce back from his race one exclusion earlier in the day Hanafin gave it his all but struggled to break the resolute defence put up by Burton.

At the front Hammerton kept his composure as conditions became more treacherous on the final lap to take victory with Young and Grady rounding out the rostrum. Burton, Hanafin, JamSport's Louis Doyle and Marzorati completed the running order with little over eight seconds covering them.

Grady's and Hammerton's results were significant for they meant they leave Snetterton tying for the championship lead on 50 points each...

Hammerton’s victory made up for retirement in race one and he commented: “It was a bit hairy towards the end with the rain coming down and I was giving it everything to make sure I brought it home.

“After the disappointment of earlier I am really pleased to bounce back and take a win – the team worked really hard in between the two races to fix the damage. I’m looking forward to the next rounds already!”

Young added: “We were battling with some understeer and I think my experience in the wet weather showed a little. I’m still happy to come away with a podium though and I think we have shown we’ve got the pace to run at the front going forward.”

Adding to his race one podium, Grady said: “To come away with two podiums is fantastic. We are still learning every time we go out so it is a good sign going to Brands Hatch in two weeks. Had it rained a little bit earlier then I think we could have challenged the top two as our pace was really strong.

“Considering how late we have been with putting this deal together I’m happy and I have to give a lot of thanks to everyone at WDE Motorsport.

Round 2, Renault UK Clio Cup Junior, Snetterton
1. Ethan Hammerton (JamSport Racing), 7 laps in 17m02.644s
2. Jack Young (MRM Racing), +2.441s
3. Connor Grady (WDE Motorsport), +3.153s
4. Gus Burton (JamSport Racing), +4.802s
5. Lorcan Hanafin (Team Pyro), +4.977s
6. Louis Doyle (JamSport Racing), +6.507s
7. Max Marzorati (Team Pyro), +8.285s
Fastest Lap: Hammerton, 2m20.476s