Pasma leads Arden 1-2, Jewiss extends lead


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Patrik Pasma led an Arden 1-2 as Kiren Jewiss snatched the final podium position from title rival Ayrton Simmons on the final lap.

Pasma started from pole ahead of team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, but the two Red Bull junior drivers collided on the opening lap. Doohan was sent into a spin while Hauger dropped down the order. Both were forced into the pits to retire, promoting Sebastian Priaulx and Simmons into the podium positions.

Jewiss started 12th after being handed a 10 place grid penalty for his part in a race two incident that took Simmons and Priaulx out of the race, but was immediately climbing up through the order in the final race of the weekend.

The championship leader had managed to climb up to fifth before the safety car was brought out to clear Paavo Tonteri’s stricken car after the Double R Racing driver came to a stop on the start-finish straight.

Jewiss quickly found a way past Jonathan Hoggard on the restart, putting himself directly behind his title rival.

Simmons spent the remainder of the race managing an ever-growing train of cars. The JHR Developments driver lived up to his reputation as a master defender, making his car wide as Jewiss tried to find a way through. It wasn’t until the final corner of the final lap that Simmons slipped up, running slightly wide and giving Jewiss the opportunity he needed to snatch third.

At the front of the order, Pasma had enjoyed a quiet race to finish 1.229s ahead of Priaulx, who was almost 11 seconds ahead of Jewiss in third.

Simmons took fourth, allowing Jewiss to slightly extend his championship lead, while Hoggard settled for P5.

Josh Skelton took sixth ahead of Hampus Ericsson, who had been running fourth early in the race before a spin dropped him down the order.

Jamie Sharp, Luca Allen, and Sebastian Alvarez completed the top 10.