SO CLOSE FOR BEARMAN AT LGM WHILTON
Oliver Bearman looked unstoppable at Round 6 of the LGM Championship at a very wet Whilton Mill. However, come the final, a drying track caught Bearman out, and cost him what looked like a first win at LGM for the young Fusion star.
Event Little Green Man
Track Whilton Mill
Bearman took victory in the opening heat of the day, after starting from grid 18, also posting the fastest lap along the way. Thomas Fleming was second with Piers Henderson in 3rd. Douglas Bolger was enjoying the wet conditions, and came home in an impressive 7th, closely followed by team mate Tom Edgar in 9th, and Alicia Barrett in 15th.
In Heat 2, Joseph Taylor took the win ahead of Klaas Kooiker and Henderson again in the top 3. Edgar was the highest team driver in 6th, gaining 10 places, followed by Bearman in 7th. Bolger climbed 6 places to 13th, whilst Barrett could only manage 20th in the tricky wet conditions.
Caden McQueen took the honours in the 3rd heat of the day, ahead of Alexander Walker and Casper Stevenson. Bearman again charged through making up 10 positions, whilst Edgar finished in 11th, Barrett 14th and Bolger in 20th after picking up a nose cone penalty.
After starting from Pole Position, Bearman pulled out a healthy lead, thanks to some strong opening laps. With the track continuing to dry, and the drivers all on slick tyres, one mistake could cost any of them. Unfortunately, this tiny mistake came from leader, Bearman. A momentary lapse in concentration saw him drop a wheel onto the wet part of the track and understeer into the wall at turn 2, dropping him from the lead of the race, to the very back – only 2 laps from the end. This promoted Taylor to first, hanging on and taking the victory from McQueen and Stevenson. Edgar made up ground to 7th, whist Barrett (14th) and Bolger (20th) also gained positions from their starting grid.
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