Herta finishes Impressive weekend with his second Win

by Connor Jackson

Colton Herta continued his excellent form at Snetterton by picking up his second win of the weekend building up a lead over his team mate and moving him to sixth in the championship, while series leader Ricky Collard drove a blinding race from last on the grid.

Herta, after winning race two earlier today, started from pole in the final race of the weekend, joined on the front row by team mate Lando Norris, the first time this season that one team locked out the front row. Meanwhile, championship leader Collard was forced to start last after a gearbox issue in qualifying saw him set only one flying lap.

A good start for Herta saw him extend his lead in the first lap while Norris quickly found himself under pressure from Dan Ticktum and Sennan Fielding behind.

A crash on the opening lap saw Sandy Mitchell spun round by the quick starting Jack Barlow in the complex. He got going, but stalled later around the lap, continuing his poor luck at Snetterton.

As the race settled in, Herta built up a lead of one and half seconds and set the fastest lap, while team mate Norris struggled to shake off Ticktum behind, with the rest of the top six spreading out on track.

Meanwhile, Collard continued his impressive drive up the order, managing to work his way past a queue of four cars with 10 minutes to go, putting him in ninth overall, while the man he overtook, Daniel Baybutt had issues on the pit straight seeing him lose out of his top 10 finish.

As the race started to enter its final stages, Ticktum started to put the pressure on Norris after the Carlin driver ran wide at Williams. Despite the pressure Norris held on for a Carlin one-two ahead of Ticktum, with Fielding and the final Carlin of Petru Florescu rounding out the top five.

Behind them was, Tarun Reddy and Enaam Ahmed with Barlow dramatically holding off Collard in the closing stages with Rafael Martins rounding out the top 10. While Herta was pleased afterwards, saying; “We put everything together today.”

This means Collard leaves the weekend with a ten point gap to Norris behind, while a good comeback weekend sees Ticktum move up to third ahead of Fielding and Matheus Leist, whose poor weekend saw him only collect six points, largely because he didn’t start the final race after damage in race 2.

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