04/08/2019

Bond handed Snetterton race 1 victory after Young-Coates controversy

Jamie Bond has been declared the winner of today’s opening Renault UK Clio Cup race at Snetterton after Jack Young was stripped of victory following a controversial incident with his title rival Max Coates…
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Coates had been leading Young entering the race’s closing stages when there was contact between them entering the Brundle Esses.

Young was able to scrabble ahead into the lead and shortly into the following lap Bond was also past Coates into second.

The contact with Bond had damaged the rear left corner of Coates’s car and, on the final lap, this caused a tyre to puncture as he plummeted from third to sixth with smoke pouring from his car as he crossed the line.

Subsequently, after an investigation by the championship’s BARC clerk of the course into the incident, Young has been handed a ten-seconds time penalty for having gained an unfair advantage – dropping him to fifth but still ahead of Coates in sixth.

Bond, who had crossed the line in second, is thus promoted to first place for his maiden victory in the Clio Cup.

The Team HARD driver had been in the hunt for victory throughout the race – leading its opening laps before being delayed when Young tried passing him at the Wilson hairpin.

Bond also set the race’s fastest lap time on the very last lap – the bonus points for this giving him a perfect score as he becomes the third different winner in 2019.

Similarly the next four drivers were also promoted thanks to Young’s penalty.

MRM’s Brett Lidsey went from third to second, Team HARD’s Ethan Hammerton from fourth to third and Westbourne Motorsport’s Ben Colburn from fifth to fourth.

Notably Hammerton had pulled a late move on Colburn to take fourth across the line which later became his first podium result in the championship…

Significantly the amended result means Coates continues to lead the championship – now by the reduced margin of four points from Young heading into Snetterton’s second race which starts later today at 15:25.

Bond said: “This isn’t necessarily the way I’d want my first win to come about but I’ll take it – we’ve been knocking on the door for the last two meetings and I felt the win could have gone to any of us in that one.

“I missed the opening rounds at Brands Hatch so the title is a long shot but this helps, particularly with Max and Jack now only scoring for fifth and sixth.”

Elsewhere, Team HARD’s Jade Edwards took seventh position after a race-long battle with MRM’s Nathan Edwards who retired on the final lap. Westbourne’s Finlay Robinson and Specialized Motorsport’s Luke Warr both recovered from excursions early on to finish in eighth and ninth.

Result, Race 1 (Round 9), Snetterton:
1. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), 10 laps in 21m26.981s (83.07mph)
2. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +5.777s
3. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +8.694s
4. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +8.915s
5. Jack Young (MRM), +9.358s (inc 10 sec penalty)
6. Max Coates (Team HARD), +17.137s
7. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), +17.556s
8. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +33.736s
9. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +45.525s
DNF. Nathan Edwards (MRM), +1 lap
Fastest lap: Bond, 2m07.071s (84.11mph)