Granfors grabs GB3 factors lead as TOCA helps thrill at Knockhill

Granfors grabs GB3 factors lead as TOCA helps thrill at Knockhill

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A hat-trick of podiums at Silverstone launched Joel Granfors to the highest of the GB3 Championship standings, whereas an off-track determination had a dramatic impact on the title battle.

The Swede trailed championship rival Luke Browning by 30.5 factors heading into the weekend, with the Briton securing pole for Saturday’s opening 10-lap encounter. However Browning and his Hitech GP team-mates had been stripped of all qualifying instances resulting from a technical infringement on their machines, handing Granfors the proper alternative to maneuver himself to the pinnacle of the factors.

Arguably the quickest driver throughout the weekend, although, was Carlin’s Callum Voisin, {the teenager} promoted to pole for the primary race and already occupying the place on outright tempo for race two. However in each races he fluffed the beginning, with Fortec Motorsports racer Granfors taking a lights-to-flag victory within the opening encounter after Voisin additionally dropped behind Carlin team-mate Javier Sagrera.  An out of doors transfer at Stowe on lap six finally secured Voisin the runner-up spot, with fellow Carlin driver Roberto Faria additionally demoting Sagrera on the penultimate tour.

Browning, in the meantime, had initially surged via the order, climbing 10 spots on the opening lap from the again of the grid, and he finally completed tenth. He achieved eleventh within the sequel, with the aerodynamic wake placing overtaking at a premium.

Voisin’s poor begin in race two allowed Elite Motorsport’s Tom Lebbon to steer from the entrance row, whereas Granfors and Sagrera once more moved forward of Voisin earlier than the tip of the primary lap. However Voisin was handed a small reprieve when the security automobile was deployed following a collision between James Hedley (JHR Developments) and McKenzy Cresswell (Chris Dittmann Racing) at Village. Cresswell was tipped into a number of rolls and was declared unfit for the ultimate race, whereas Hedley was disqualified from the outcomes.

On the restart, Voisin repeated his race-one go on Sagrera, earlier than getting a greater run via Copse and taking second from Granfors a lap later. Thereafter, Voisin shadowed Lebbon and was shut sufficient to make a transfer to the skin into the sharp proper of Village on the ultimate tour. Regardless of working off observe, he obtained a greater exit from the Loop, however his entrance wing made contact with the right-rear tyre of Lebbon’s automobile.

In a dramatic end, Lebbon took the flag with a deflated tyre, adopted by Voisin, minus entrance wing, and Granfors – the trio coated by simply over 0.5 seconds. Extra drama was to observe when Lebbon was initially disqualified for setting a quickest sector time via a yellow flag zone, earlier than he was reinstated.

Overtaking round Silverstone’s Grand Prix format might have been tough, however that didn’t stop some sensational racing within the absolutely reversed-grid contest. Marcos Flack (Douglas Motorsport) jumped from sixth into the lead on the opening lap and cleared off into the gap whereas, behind, Faria finally proved better of the remainder.

However Granfors starred. He climbed from 18th on the grid to the ultimate step of the rostrum to go away Silverstone with an 11.5-point benefit from Browning, who took fifth within the remaining race from twentieth.

TOCA Knockhill: Three completely different British F4 winners throughout frantic races

Robust begin for Joseph Loake helped him to his first British F4 victory in 2022

Picture by: Jakob Ebrey

Three completely different drivers shared the victories in British System 4 as Alex Dunne’s championship lead took one other minor dent at Knockhill.

Carlin’s Ugo Ugochukwu took a double pole in damp however drying situations, however the McLaren junior was bested by fellow front-row starter Joseph Loake on the run right down to Duffus Dip. Loake, who insisted that the sooner situations had aided his qualifying effort, appeared equally stunned by his subsequent trouble-free run to victory, the JHR Developments driver’s first of the season.

Ugochukwu’s race unravelled as the competition wore on. Whereas defending closely from squabbling title rivals Dunne and Oliver Grey, he went off on the chicane and dropped out of the factors, leaving Dunne and Grey to inherit second and third.

The chicane proved to be one thing of a hotspot for hassle over the course of the weekend, and it claimed reversed-grid polesitter Adam Fitzgerald earlier than the second race had even begun, the Irishman spinning on the lap to the grid.

In his absence, Loake’s JHR team-mate Georgi Dimitrov made it two wins on the spin for the Derbyshire squad, keeping off native lad Oliver Stewart’s early problem via Duffus and McIntyres earlier than constructing an eventual five-second margin.

The chicane would spell hassle for a number of drivers over the course of the race, together with Stewart, and it was a wheel dipped into the gravel there by Aiden Neate that finally allowed Eduardo Coseteng via for second at Clark. Neate later got here underneath hearth from the battling quartet of Louis Sharp, Dunne, Grey and Daniel Guinchard, however held his nerve to spherical out the rostrum.

On the second time of asking, Ugochukwu was peerless from pole, nevertheless it was a stall for Hitech driver Dunne alongside that made the headlines. Grey couldn’t get shut sufficient to strike at his Carlin team-mate, however second means he thins the hole within the standings to 41 factors with 12 races left to run. Loake took third to finish his strongest weekend of the marketing campaign thus far.

Ronan Pearson secured a double in Mini Challenge

Ronan Pearson secured a double in Mini Problem

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Ronan Pearson lives just some miles from the Knockhill observe at which he works as an teacher. And the Excelr8 driver put that native data to glorious use final weekend to take two Mini Problem wins, and solely narrowly missed out on making it a hat-trick.

Pearson’s victories within the opening two races had been contrasting triumphs. He was comfy within the first, profitable by seven seconds over fellow Scot Joe Tanner, aided by Dan Zelos retiring with a suspension downside.

However he needed to work a lot tougher in race two, spending nearly all of the competition with team-mate Jason Lockwood proper in his shadow after he handed Tanner early on. Lockwood may by no means fairly mount a full assault, so Pearson clung on to take his second success.

“I’m somewhat bit speechless and fairly emotional,” stated Pearson afterwards. “To do the double on house soil is unimaginable.”

Issues may have been much more unimaginable within the partially reversed-grid race – Pearson was difficult Alex Denning for the victory after early chief Max Coates had a driveshaft failure. However the race completed underneath the security automobile, stopping a attainable treble.

Additional again, factors chief Sam Weller’s greatest consequence was third, however he nonetheless prolonged his benefit to 51 as his rivals hit strife. Alongside Zelos’s woes, Jack Mitchell suffered a automobile failure off the road within the opener, ruining his weekend.

Penalty for Adam Smalley enabled Will Martin to win Knockhill finale

Penalty for Adam Smalley enabled Will Martin to win Knockhill finale

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Will Martin closed to 1 level off Kiern Jewiss by profitable the second Porsche Carrera Cup GB race in Scotland. Martin’s Richardson Racing team-mate, stand-in driver Josh Malin, was sluggish off the road, permitting Adam Smalley and Martin to go.

The pair then battled for your entire race, by no means greater than a second aside, till Smalley was given a 5s penalty for a track-limits infringement, handing the win to Martin. Smalley was pissed off however may take solace from setting a brand new lap report.

Gus Burton received the shortened first race of the day after a collision off the road introduced out pink flags on the primary lap. Third-placed Matthew Graham was sluggish away and, with the pack unsighted as they sped right down to the primary flip, he was hit by Ryan Ratcliffe, setting off a series response. Fortunately, nobody was harm nevertheless it eradicated 5 automobiles from the restarted race.

It was then the Century Motorsport machine of Burton that led the best way forward of Group Parker Racing man Jewiss who, realizing his rival wasn’t in championship rivalry, let him take the win as he targeted on the title battle. Charles Rainford and Josh Stanton additionally celebrated with two wins apiece within the Professional-Am and Am class respectively to increase their leads.

While Harri Reynolds had a tough event, Josh Rowledge scored 100 points

Whereas Harri Reynolds had a troublesome occasion, Josh Rowledge scored 100 factors

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The Ginetta Junior pendulum has swung firmly in Josh Rowledge’s favour after a weekend of vastly contrasting fortunes for him and fellow title contender Harri Reynolds at Knockhill.

Whereas Rowledge excelled with two wins and a second place for 100 factors, Reynolds, who had completed each race within the prime 5 previous to the weekend, collected simply seven with a double DNF and a lowly 14th.

It was Maurice Henry who received the opener in Scotland, taking the lead from polesitter Sonny Smith on the hairpin on lap one and main house Rowledge.

The factors chief shot right into a lead of over three seconds in race two, however was quickly checking his mirrors as Joe Warhurst hunted him down, simply 0.3s separating the pair on the flag.

Final 12 months’s runner-up Liam McNeilly scored his long-awaited first podium of the season from twelfth on the grid in that one, and challenged Rowledge for the race-three win. After working nostril to tail for a number of laps, an tried transfer popping out of McIntyres resulted in touch between the 2, which gave Rowledge the respiratory room wanted to win. Will Macintyre, who holds title aspirations of his personal, joined them on the rostrum.

James Kellett kept Aston Millar at bay in first two contests

James Kellett stored Aston Millar at bay in first two contests

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James Kellett continued his sensational begin to the Ginetta GT4 Supercup season with two wins at Knockhill, though a final-race incident tainted an in any other case supreme weekend in Scotland.

Kellett topped the timesheets as soon as once more in qualifying, and he took lights-to-flag victories within the opening two races with Aston Millar following him house in each. That made it seven wins in a row for Kellett, beating Tom Sharp’s 2011 report of most consecutive general wins within the sequence.

The reversed-grid finale was a really completely different story, nevertheless. Mechanical retirements for front-row starters Henry Dawes and Tom Emson elevated Millar to the race lead. However Kellett was decided to finish his hat-trick and made a transfer into the hairpin, with contact to the rear of Millar spinning him round and ending his race.

After the surreal sight of Kellett standing on the rostrum on his personal, his celebrations had been reduce brief when he was faraway from the consequence because of the Millar incident.

With no G56 Professionals due to this fact categorised, it was Am-class duo Wes Pearce and Colin White who occupied the highest two locations on the outcomes sheet, with Luke Reade third as he accomplished a G55 class treble.

Stories by Stefan Mackley, Simon Paice and Tom Baker. Pictures by Oliver Reid, Jakob Ebrey Pictures/Motorsport Photographs. Need extra experiences from the world of nationwide motorsport? Subscribe at the moment and by no means miss your weekly repair of motorsport with Autosport journal

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