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Priaulx bounces back from race one disappointment

Sebastian Priaulx bounced back after a disappointing race one to take a win at Thruxton.

A strong qualifying performance put the JHR Developments driver on pole for both races. Though Priaulx managed to lead for the first part of the race one, he couldn’t build up a gap. He spent the final few laps battling with Dan Harper, Harry King, and Tom Gamble, falling back to fifth on the final lap.

The battle earned Priaulx a five second penalty for exceeding track limits, but he stayed fifth.

“It’s just really hard,” he told Overtake Motorsport. “They just caught up so much and once they get inside you, you get 10 cars come through… It wasn’t really our race. You can get some guy from like eighth just come up to first and win it. That’s how it is at Thruxton.”

32946465713_534655be25_kStarting alongside team mate Gamble for race two, things went a little better for the Guernsey driver. The pair built up a gap to the rest of the field, leaving them in a two way battle for the win.

“It was a stressful race,” he said after race two. “I didn’t know when to do it [pass Gamble], where to do it. And I didn’t really want to mess around too much so they could catch up too much. I just planned it towards the end, when I knew I had a big gap. I just went for it.”

Priaulx took the lead on the penultimate lap, and crossing the line just six tenths of a second ahead of Gamble.

His second win of the season leaves Priaulx third in the championship after three rounds. The teenager is 21 points behind Harper in second and 41 points behind team mate Gamble, who leads the championship.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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