Leist Takes Early Lead to Secure Race 5 Victory


After taking the lead into Redgate, Matheus Leist built up a large lead in order to win the second race of the weekend at the Donington National Circuit for the Double R Racing team.

The reverse grid pole had been taken by Jack Barlow who was on pole after finishing 8th in race 3. He was joined on the front row by Leist, with Ricky Collard and Sennan Fielding close behind. It was a good start for Leist who took the lead going down into Redgate, meanwhile, Barlow saw himself drop to 4th by the end of the first lap.

All the cars made it safely through the first lap as the field spread out. As the drivers got onto their second lap, Leist lead from Fielding, Collard, Barlow and Gustavo Myasava who had made a good start.

Meanwhile Enaam Ahmed who had started 10th, struggled to keep pace and lost a position to James Pull who wanted to make progress after a disappointing start. Leist started to extend his lead to 1.8 seconds after 5 minutes of racing. While there was a close battle for 7th as Dan Baybutt, Pull and Lando Norris were almost side by side, with Baybutt remaining in front. However; the fight had seen them drop off by 5.5 seconds to 6th.

With 12 minutes to go, Collard took 2nd from Fielding while setting the fastest lap. There was one spinner in the form of Sandy Mitchell who went off in turn 1, this caused prolonged yellow flags, with Leist setting his own fastest lap during this point. Meanwhile, Ahmed continued to fall to 15th before damaging his wing. He would have to pit, destroying his race.

The race had started to settle, but with 5 minutes to go, Norris came into his own. He overtook Pull and started catching the drivers in front. Myasava’s tyres had started to wear down and lost his 6th position to Baybutt and then 7th to Norris. Lando continued his run by taking Baybutt for 6th at Coppice with 1 minute to go.

This would be a disastrous last lap for Baybutt who would fall to 10th. Meanwhile Rafael Martins damaged his front wing and ran off track.

Liest won the race after backing off on the last lap. Second was Collard, followed by Fielding and Barlow, who claimed the fastest lap, while 5th placed Ticktum retains his championship lead.

Donington Park Race 2 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME/LAPS
118Matheus LeistBRZDouble R Racing20m46.252s
211Ricky CollardGBRArden+2.852s
328Sennan FieldingGBRJHR Developments+5.161s
44Jack BarlowGBRMBM+5.570s
527Daniel TicktumGBRFortec Motorsports+12.729s
631Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+16.212s
715James PullGBRJTR+20.893s
817Gustavo MyasavaBRZDouble R Racing+21.121s
910Colton HertaUSACarlin+21.534s
1014Daniel BaybuttGBRJTR+22.224s
1125Louise RichardsonGBRRichardson Racing+26.577s
1296Jack ButelGBRSWB Motorsport+39.733s
1359Josh SmithGBRFortec Motorsports+39.829s
1451Ameya VaidyanathanINDJTR+41.210s
1546Rafael MartinsBRZSWB Motorsport+42.062s
1622Tarun ReddyINDDouble R Racing+43.385s
1723Ollie PidgleyGBRRichardson Racing+49.937s
1821Petru FlorescuROMCarlin+1m12.635s
1965Enaam AhmedGBRArden+4 Laps
DNF8Darius KarbaleyGBRFalcon Motorsport17 Laps
DNF19Sandy MitchellGBRArden6 Laps