Mitchell Recovered from Poor Start to Take Win


Sandy Mitchell recovered after making a poor start to win a race that was severely cut in length because of an extended safety car after a crash involving Petru Florescu, Ameya Vaidyanathan and Tarun Reddy.

Mitchell had dominated the qualifying session, as a result the speed was expected during the race, despite this a poor start from the Scott saw him fall to third by the first corner. Lando Norris who joined him on the front row also saw himself lose positions after the first corner run. While Matheus Leist made an excellent start to take the lead.

However; a crash at the first chicane was the notable point of the race. Florescu and Reddy had qualified in seventh and eighth for the race but found themselves falling to the back after a crash that also saw Vaidyanathan go off with them. While further issues for James Pull, meant he had to retire later on in the lap.

The safety car and recovery vehicles came out, with the race neutralised for much of the 20 minutes. By this point, Leist lead from Feilding, Mitchell, Ricky Collard and Norris.

At the race restart, there was only 9 minutes left, as Leist backed the drivers up. After a good restart he managed to pull out a substantial gap over Feilding who was being attacked by Mitchell behind. Mitchell had proven in qualifying that he was the quickest competitor and managed to take second place into the chicane, this saw Feilding fall back as the cars formed a queue behind him.

The pole sitter then went after the leader and a lap later had closed up the one second gap and took the position into the same corner. Leist did his best to keep up but the gap soon opened out, it was clear that Mitchell had an advantage over the field.

With Fielding holding the other competitors, Collard went for the overtake but ended up losing out and dropped to sixth, before falling further thanks to the overtake from Enaam Ahmed.

With one minute left to run the race came alive as Norris hit Feilding in his attempt to claim third place. Feilding was forced to retire, while Norris fell to tenth. During the incident, Colton Herta used the opportunity to take Rafael Martins for what became fifth place as Dan Ticktum continued overtaking and finished seventh.

Mitchell claimed victory, also beating his own fastest lap in the process. Leist and Baybutt completed the podium, with the top eight being rounded out by; Collard, Herta, Martins, Ticktum and Ahmed who will start on pole for tomorrows race.

Thruxton Race 1 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME/LAPS
119Sandy MitchellGBRArden20m54.035s
218Matheus LeistBRZDouble R Racing+1.533s
314Daniel BaybuttGBRJTR+7.873s
411Ricky CollardGBRArden+8.015s
510Colton HertaUSACarlin+10.602s
646Rafael MartinsBRZSWB Motorsport+10.960s
727Daniel TicktumGBRFortec Motorsports+11.822s
865Enaam AhmedGBRArden+12.133s
98Darius KarbaleyGBRFalcon Motorsport+13.489s
1031Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+14.047s
114Jack BarlowGBRMBM+15.909s
1225Louise RichardsonGBRRichardson Racing+17.051s
1396Jack ButelGBRSWB Motorsport+17.376s
1423Ollie PidgleyGBRRichardson Racing+22.136s
1559Josh SmithGBRFortec Motorsports+1 Lap
DNF3Sennan FieldingGBRJHR Developments12 Laps
DNF22Tarun ReddyINDDouble R Racing1 Lap
DNF21Petru FlorescuROMCarlin0 Laps
DNF15James PullGBRJTR0 Laps
DNF51Ameya VaidyanathanINDJTR0 Laps