DIMITROV BACK WITH A BANG
Georgi Dimitrov marked his return to English racing with victory at the final round of the Junior X30 British Championship on Sunday. Dimitrov, who has been competing in the OKJ class abroad, returned to the Junior X30 grid as a guest to gain practice for the upcoming IAME World Finals, held in Le Mans in 2 weeks time.
Date 30th September 2018
Event Super One Series
In Timed Qualifying, Luke Whitehead posted the fastest time, ahead of Reggie Duhy (2nd) and Clayton Ravenscroft (3rd). Dimitrov was the first of the Fusion drivers in 4th, whilst Douglas Bolger was 15th, Tom Edgar 16th and Oliver Bearman 26th.
Duhy took victory in Heat 1, ahead of Ravenscroft and Joseph Taylor. Dimitrov was unfortunate to drop to 9th, however Bolger had a storming drive through to 10th, reminding everyone of how much he has progressed recently. Meanwhile, Bearman was making amends for his qualifying, as he made up 14 places to 12th. It wasn’t quite the same good news for Edgar, as he was awarded a 1 lap penalty for over taking under a yellow flag during the race.
In Heat 2, Alex Lloyd of DHR took the win, ahead of Lewis Thompson and Duhy. Once again Dimitrov didn’t have the greatest of races, as he slipped down the order to 11th, underlining just how difficult the racing in the UK can be, compared to the European scene that he is so used to. Edgar recovered well from his Heat 1 setback to finish just behind in 12th, whilst Bearman and Bolger both finished a respective 19th and 20th.
On Sunday, Dimitrov came out fighting, as he finished 3rd in Final 1, just behind Duhy (1st) and Thompson (2nd). Edgar (14th) made good ground to set up a hard charge in Final 2, however Bolger (17th) and Bearman (27th – awarded a penalty for gaining an unfair advantage) didn’t have the best of races, and were looking to bounce back in the final race of the day.
In Final 2, Dimitrov turned on the style, and as soon as he hit the front, not once did the win ever look in doubt. He crossed the line almost 2 seconds clear of runner up Caden McQueen and third place Lewis Gilbert, proving he is certainly one to watch come the World Finals race in 2 weeks time. Bearman had a fantastic final race of the year, making up 17 places to finish 10th, however Edgar (20th) and Bolger (22nd – 10 second nose cone penalty) both had disappointing ends to their British Championship.
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