Simmons Regains Championship Momentum in the Wet


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Ayrton Simmons took victory in the second F4 British Championship race from Knockhill. The JHR Developments driver broke away from the pack as the rain battered the Scottish circuit.

The reverse grid event saw the multiple race-winner on pole having struggled to keep up with his rivals throughout Saturday. With the circuit notably damp during the formation lap, conditions would only deteriorate during the 18 lap race, with Simmons relying on his great experience in the Mygale M14-F4.

Having made a clean start and surviving the opening lap in which he held off Seb Priaulx, a safety came out to deal with Josh Skelton‘s stricken car.

He wasn’t the only driver to come to blows though as race one winner Johnathan Hoggard made contact with Dennis Hauger ending the race early and undoing what could have been a weekend to remember for the Fortec Motorsports driver.

As the green flag came back out Simmons came under attack from Priaulx, with the TRS Arden driver knew that a move needed to come quickly, as it proved to be, with Priaulx dropping back after three laps into the clutches of Kiern Jewiss and Patrik Pasma.

After missing out on silverware yesterday, Jewiss the championship leader needed to reduce the impact to Simmons at the front. Unfortunately for him, he lost out to both Priaulx and Pasma, with the Arden pair completing the bottom two steps of the podium.

Jewiss thus took another fourth place from the charging Hauger. Having dropped to the back after his opening lap contact, Hauger was on a mission, slicing through the field and taking fifth by the eleventh lap. This would be the end of his progress though, as Jewiss put up one his best defensive drives of the season to hold the position.

Mexican driver Manuel Sulaiman would have a quiet race to sixth, taking advantage of the front-runners running into trouble.

Completing the top eight would be Sebastian Alvarez and Jamie Sharp. Meanwhile Jack Doohan dropped to the back of the grid after a spin mid-race as only nine cars finished thanks to Paavo Tonteri pulling off earlier in the event.