- Created on Sunday, 10 April 2016 13:39
The 2016 Formula Jedi season kicked off with two thrilling races at Snetterton on the 300 circuit layout, with two different winners emerging.
Rob Sayell took the honours in the opening race after beating pole sitter, Michael Watton, into the first corner, and managed to stay ahead despite being put under pressure for much of the first few laps. As Watton seemed to close in on the leader, a mistake at ‘Murrays’ towards the end of the third lap let Sayell off the hook. Watton was left with the disappointment of spinning out while Sayell was left with an untroubled drive to take a well deserved win. This was the first outright win in the Championship for the local driver, and hard earned after seven seasons.
After Watton’s demise Dan Clowes picked up the pieces to finish second ahead of Paul Butcher, locking out the podium positions. Further down the road but having taken third in qualifying, Zach Anderton put in a solid drive after a bad start dropped him down the field which was rewarded with a fourth place, his best finish to date coming into his second season in the series. Having been in fourth for much of the race, Jason Dixon was passed by Anderton on the last lap and had to settle for fifth just under a second ahead of Formula Jedi rookie Kris Prosser, who in turn climbed back to sixth after a messy start.
Clowes went one better in race 2 to take a ‘lights to flag’ win after starting from pole, but only after a race long battle with Sayell who was looking to do the double. Clowes seemed to have the race in control but let Sayell back into striking distance after a slight mistake in the closing stages; but after fending off the attack Clowes took the win by the narrowest of margins, just over a tenth of a second!
Multiple sprinting Champion, Bradley Hobday, drove brilliantly to finish third on his debut weekend. The Yuasa Batteries backed driver suffered a mechanical DNF in the first race, but showed his potential with a podium finish in the second. Prosser improved on his race 1 result to take fourth after being in close company with Butcher for the entirety, and Championship returnee Stu Abbott came home in sixth, ending a solid weekend after nearly three years out of the car.