Penalty not enough to stop Slater success

Freddie Slater continues his 100% winning record despite a five second time penalty at Silverstone. 

The R Racing driver had a lead of just over four seconds when the penalty was awarded for exceeding track limits too many times. However, with an intense battle for second place and some flying laps for Slater, he was able to extend his race lead to 5.575s by the chequered flag. 

The Silverstone Grand Prix circuit was slightly damp for the first racing action of the day, but conditions were much improved from the Saturday downfall.  

As on Saturday, Alisha Palmowski got the best start and managed to get into the race lead on the opening lap. Palmowski then found a damp patch and span out of the lead and into the grass, dropping down the order. 

Not far behind her there were a number of other spinners and a few cars made contact as they attempted to avoid. Holly Maill, Tom Spragg and Brea Angliss were left stranded at the side of the road while Harry Moss limped back to the its with damage to his Ginetta. 

The safety car was called out at the end of lap one, bringing Mikey Porter onto the tail of Slater for the race lead.  

The two were practically touching as Porter waited for Slater to restart the race, but Slater managed to get the jump on his R Racing team-mate when the track went green. 

Slater ran away at the front of the field while Porter was joined by Reza Seewooruthun and Hugo Schwarze in the battle for second. Schwarze managed to get ahead and was defending his position when he made contact with Porter, who was sent into a spin and almost collected Seewooruthun. Porter dropped back to ninth while Seewooruthun brought the battle to Schwarze. 

Schwarze and Seewooruthun spent the remainder of the race battling for position, most of the time going side by side.  

The battle briefly became the fight for the net lead when Slater was handed his five second penalty ahead, but the two managed to hold one another up and allowed Slater to extend his gap. 

The battle for fourth behind them was also able to close onto the back of the fight. In the closing laps it was five cars for second place while Slater cruised to a fifth consecutive victory. 

On the final lap, Schwarze was able to get to the front of the pack and began closing the gap slightly to Slater, but he could not get within five seconds. On the corrected times, he ended the race 0.575s behind. 

Seewooruthun set the fastest lap of the race on his way to third, ahead of Leo Robinson, who matched that lap time on the final lap. 

Palmowski passed Hart on the final lap to take fifth. 

There were close battles throughout the field. McKenzie Douglass and Finn Harrison were separated by just 0.008s at the chequered flag, with Douglass having gotten ahead of Harrison on the final lap. 

Porter held onto ninth ahead of Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Chase Fernandez. 

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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POS Driver Team Time/Gap
1* Freddie Slater R Racing 27m02.309s (9 Laps)
2 Hugo Schwarze Elite Motorsport +0.575s
3 Reza Seewooruthun R Racing +0.919s
4 Leo Robinson R Racing +1.682s
5 Alisha Palmowski Elite Motorsport +2.082s
6 Charlie Hart Elite Motorsport +2.403s
7 McKenzie Douglass Elite Motorsport +4.557s
8 Finn Harrison Assetto Racing +4.565s
9 Mikey Porter R Racing +6.858s
10 Chase Fernandez Assetto Racing +7.905s
11 Luca Hopkinson R Racing +8.435s
12 Edu Robinson R Racing +14.455s
13 Freddie Allum Elite Motorsport +21.466s
14* Felix Livesey Xentek Motorsport +28.353s
15 Henry Joslyn Preptech UK +33.310s
DNF Harry Moss Fox Motorsport +8 Laps
DNF Tom Spragg Preptech UK +9 Laps
DNF Brea Angliss Alastair Rushforth Motorsport +9 Laps
DNF Holly Miall Fox Motorsport +9 Laps

*5 Second penalty, exceeding track limits


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