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Chadwick Signs 2014 Off In Style At Donington

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Ollie Chadwick ended his 2014 season in style after holding off series champion George Gamble in race three at Donington.

Chadwick overcame Gamble, taking the flag by just 0.283 of a second ahead of the champion, with the duelling duo far ahead of Dennis Strandberg in third.

In truth it Chadwick had to fight hard for the win, following a poor getaway which saw Gamble streak into the lead with Strandberg challenging behind. Elsewhere, a strong start from privateer Luca Hirst saw him leap to third, before contact at the Melbourne Hairpin mid-way through the contest caused him to retire.

Joining Hirst on the sidelines was Will Moore, with the luckless driver suffering gearbox issues for the second time in three races at Donington. Rob Gaffney, similarly struck down with issues over the weekend, meanwhile had a lightening start from the back row, helped by some gung hoe overtaking to  take him up to ninth, where he eventually stayed.

Out front though and it was battle royale, as two of the three championship protagonists went-to-toe for the final race victory of the season. On lap seven of nine, Chadwick made his move, taking Gamble on the entry to the Foggy Esses, whilst Strandberg overcame Sennan Fielding up the inside going into Goddard on the same lap.

Despite his close company, Chadwick hung on to take the win, with Gamble a close second. Strandberg finished third, with the result meaning that he and Chadwick finish the season tied on 540 points, with Chadwick given the benefit of the doubt on race win countback.

In fourth was Callum Pointon, ahead of Fielding who lost out late on. Gary Simms got the better of Stewart Linn through the Craner Curves on the last lap for sixth, with the duo being followed home by Matt Flowers, Gaffney, and Nick Firth who rounded out the top ten in the season finale. Frederik Mortensen took eleventh meanwhile with a great comeback drive after a first lap spin to 25th.

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