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Orton extends championship lead with double win at Snetterton

Jamie Orton took two wins from the Snetterton weekend after the round was shortened by long delays earlier on in the day.

Race One

Orton started the weekend as he meant to go on with his second pole position of the season. Will Burns took the second spot on the grid whilst championship leader could only manage third.

There was little change at the front of the pack. Mark Davies launced up on the opening lap, trying to battle Carl Boardley for fourth, but remained in fifth.

From there, the sharp end of the field settled.

Behind them, Rob Gaffney had been making his way up through the field, and had passed both Ben Green and Callum Pointon, but problems dropped him to the back of the grid, where he had to pit.

Green and Pointon also both had to pit for bodywork damage later on in the race, but both managed to finish the race.

In the AM class, it was yet another win for Colin White. Chris Ingram and Fraser Robertson completed the AM podium.

Race Two

Orton started race two from the front of the grid and managed to keep Burns and Wrigley behind him as the pack headed towards the first corner. From there, the Triple M driver pulled away from the rest of the pack.

Burns, starting in second, was able to keep third place starter Wrigley behind him in the first half of the race, but he couldn’t keep the place for the whole twelve laps. Wrigley snatched second place at the half way mark, and Boardley followed him through to knock Burns off of the podium.

Wrigley set off to catch up with the leader, Orton, but was still 0.9 seconds behind the race winner by the time they reached the chequered flag.

Wrigley enjoyed another dominant race in the AM class. By the end of the twelve laps, he had a twenty five second lead over second place driver Grahame Tilley.

Race three would have seen Tom Hibbert start from pole, but the third race of the weekend was cancelled due to the long delays from the crazy BTCC races that had taken place earlier in the day.
The double win means that Wrigley now extends his championship lead over Burns and Orton (who both have 261 points) to sixty eight points.


Race one

1 – Jamie Orton – Pro
2 – Will Burns – Pro
3 – Tom Wrigley – Pro
4 – Carl Boardley – Pro
5 – Mark Davies – Pro
6 – Tom Hibbert – Pro
7 – Colin White – AM
8 – Reece Somerfield – Pro
9 – Grahame Tilley – AM
10 – Chris Ingram – AM
11 – Chris Car – AM
12 – Fraser Robertson – AM
13 – David Brooks – AM
14 – Callum Pointon – Pro
15 – Ben Green – Pro
16 – Mike Newbold – AM
17 – Rob Gaffney – Pro

Race two

1 – Jamie Orton – Pro
2 – Tom Wrigley – Pro
3 – Carl Boardley – Pro
4 – Will Burns – Pro
5 – Tom Hibbert – Pro
6 – Reece Somerfield – Pro
7 – Mark Davies – Pro
8 – Callum Pointon – Pro
9 – Rob Gaffney – Pro
10 – Colin White – AM
11 – Grahame Tilley – AM
12 – Chris Car – AM
13 – Chris Ingram – AM
14 – David Brooks – AM
15 – Mike Newbold – AM
16 – Ben Green – Pro – DNF
17 – Fraser Robertson – AM – DNF

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

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