Will Palmer cut his way through the field to win his ninth race of the year by over 7 seconds, despite stating seventh on the grid. The win means he’s within a whisker of claiming the drivers championship going into the final race at Donington.
It seemed unlikely that Palmer would be able to make his way all the way through the field, but a clean start and a sensational second lap put him in the prime position. He’d already moved into sixth by the end of lap one and was promoted another position when pole sitter and current leader Jordan Albert was given a 10 second penalty for a jump start.
He then moved around the outside as many cars tried to find a way around the slow Chris Mealin in the effective lead. From there he built up a large gap over the field, eventually overtaking Albert on track.
While Albert would eventually finish second on track, this wasn’t enough and his time penalty meant that he would finish eighth on track, behind the pack of cars that had caught him by the end of the race.
This meant that second place actually went to Jack Bartholomew. The Lanan Racing driver had started third in a promising position and would hold off the pressure behind to collect his best result of the year.
In third for the second time this weekend was Ameya Vaidyanathan, the Indian driver had made a good start and after everyone’s penalties was running fourth in the order, a last lap overtake on Ciaran Haggerty ensured he would catch up with his rivals in the championship.
After he collected his first win of the season yesterday, Harri Newey came home in fifth with Omar Ismail in sixth. Ismail, like Albert was given a penalty meaning he had to drop five seconds, costing him a potential podium place, while Albert would be eighth.
Tom Jackson would finish in seventh after a lonely race with Rodrigo Fonseca down the road. Both, however; were able to get past Mealin who was at least three seconds slower than the cars in front. He eventually came home in tenth ahead of the rest of the field.
Palmer’s win means he only needs to finish second in the final race to clinch the title one round early. While Jackson needs to score nine or more points, while Newey needs 12 or more to stay in contention.