Oulton Double for Morgan as Sayell Takes Championship Lead

2016 09 morganLee Morgan took a brace of wins as the Formula Jedi Championship visited Oulton Park for the penultimate race meeting of the 2016 season.

Starting from pole, Morgan was able to deliver a lights to flag win in Race 1: Although he was pushed all the way by Andrew Dunn and Michael Watton, his drive was sufficiently strong to ensure he was always just far enough ahead to deny any threat to his lead.

Behind Morgan, Dunn and Watton were embroiled in a titanic battle for second place that lasted for much of the race, and included a slight coming together at the entry of Nickerbrook. Holding the advantage though, Dunn looked set to just keep hold of the runner up spot until he made a mistake late on in the race which resulted in the former champion spinning out of the race. Being promoted to second, Watton then had an untroubled run to the chequered flag, finishing just 1.5 seconds behind the winner, albeit with a damaged front wing.

Rob Sayell strengthened his championship hopes with another podium position by finishing in third, but had a fairly lonely race as fourth place finisher Dan Clowes couldn’t quite get close enough to mount a challenge, as he in turn had his hands full with Paul Butcher who had to settle for fifth.

Bradley Hobday took sixth on the road but was given a 10 second penalty for exceeding track limits enabling Bryony King to take the place instead.

Beginning Race 2, Dunn had a great start from third on the grid allowing him to pass Morgan, and pole-man Watton going into the first corner. In addition, an equally bad start from Watton dropped him to third behind Morgan. With all three drivers having the pace to win, a race long battle between them ensued, the trio only being separated by under a second. Dunn held his position at the front and looked like having things under control, but a missed gear coming into Lodge at the end of lap 9 gave Morgan and Watton the run they needed to dispatch the leader going into the next lap. Now out front, Morgan held his position to take his second win of the weekend with Watton again finishing as runner up. Disappointed at what could have been, Dunn took the final step on the podium.

Behind the top three Clowes lead home the chasing pack in fourth, two seconds clear of King, who equalled her best finish of the season with a fifth place finish, just half a second ahead of Sayell.

Sayell’s sixth place finish resulted in him taking a slender lead in the 2016 points, as championship rival Butcher had to retire during the second race after snapping a chain. However both will have to keep an eye on Clowes and Hobday who are not too far behind in the points and still have a shot at this year’s title.

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