28/04/2019

Young doubles up at Donington with race 2 victory as Coates comes through for podium

Jack Young made it a near perfect weekend at Donington Park by also winning race two to leave the Leicestershire circuit with a comfortable championship lead.
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As in this morning’s first race, Young converted pole position into the lead at the start and from there was never headed.

Indeed by the end of the 14-lap race he had built a commanding nine-second advantage over MRM team-mate Brett Lidsey who took another second position.

Third, however, was Team HARD’s Max Coates after a stirring drive from the pit lane where he and team-mates Jamie Bond and Jade Edwards opted to start instead of the back of the grid with a ten second penalty (see qualifying report).

Although Young and Lidsey were out of reach, Coates eventually caught the chasing pack of Westbourne trio Aaron Thompson, Ben Colburn and Finlay Robinson and his other Team HARD team-mate Ethan Hammerton.

One by one he picked them off to go on and take what could turn out to be a crucial 20 points. Although he leaves Donington having tumbled to third in the title race behind Young and Lidsey, he knows that next up is his home circuit of Croft where he will hope to strike back. CLICK HERE for points table...

Behind, Colburn was eventually able to find a way past the defensive Thompson who held on for his best result to date in fifth. Indeed their scrapping enabled Robinson and Hammerton and, on the final lap, Bond to close in for a thrilling five-way fight to the flag.

Ultimately Robinson finished close behind Thompson in sixth – his best result so far – while Hammerton just fended off Bond for seventh, the pair dramatically scraping panels several times in the final few corners.

Having fought hard with Bond early on, Edwards took ninth after a moment through the chicane’s gravel trap. Tenth after one of his most determined drives so far in the Clio Cup was Specialized Motorsport’s Luke Warr.

Result (provisional), Round 3, Donington Park:
1. Jack Young (MRM), 14 laps in 18m02.434s
2. Brett Lidsey (MRM), +9.614s
3. Max Coates (Team HARD), +15.608s
4. Ben Colburn (Westbourne Motorsport), +19.432s
5. Aaron Thompson (Westbourne Motorsport), +20.772s
6. Finlay Robinson (Westbourne Motorsport), +20.923s
7. Ethan Hammerton (Team HARD), +20.923s
8. Jamie Bond (Team HARD), +21.868s
9. Jade Edwards (Team HARD), +17.914s
10. Luke Warr (Specialized Motorsport), +44.683s
Fastest lap: Jack Young, 1m16.739s