Title set for three way tussle after Walkinshaw Anglesey double
17/09/12 - The Anglesey International Circuit has set up a three way battle to decide the inaugural F3 Cup champion.
17/09/12 - The Anglesey International Circuit has set up a three way battle to decide the inaugural F3 Cup champion following the latest rounds of the championship on September 8.
Rising single seater star Sean Walkinshaw dominated the event at the MSVR Races of Wales with a double victory, two pole positions and a new lap record to boot. While the 18-year-old proved to be the star of the meeting, the championship took another interesting twist with just four races of the season remaining.
Omicron Motorsport's Tristan Cliffe extended his championship lead to 13.5 points as he took advantage of an engine failure for title rival Chris Dittmann that ruled him out of the meeting before qualifying. Luckily for Dittmann, Cliffe was unable to make the most of the opportunity as he could only finish in fifth picking up 10 points in race one.
Despite stalling on the green flag lap, Walkinshaw made no mistake at the start and he quickly built up a healthy lead at the front. Grays Motorsport's Gino Ussi pushed hard but in the end had to settle for second securing a useful haul of points. The real battle was for third position and it was Chris Needham, who held his nerve to deny a hard charging James Abbott by a tenth. Title contender Mark Harrison had his championship hopes dented with an engine problem forcing him into retirement. There were no such problems for Walkinshaw at the front as he came through to take the flag from Ussi.
Walkinshaw made no mistakes at the start of race two keeping hold of his pole position advantage as the field headed into the first corner. Needham held off the hard charging Prajesh Shah, Ussi, Abbott and Cliffe but he could only hold on to second position for a lap. Drama struck on the following lap with Cliffe running wide at Church which resulted in him returning to the pits to retire. Ussi struggled and dropped down the order to fifth while the battle for second and third raged. In the end, it was Shah who produced a highly impressive drive to pass Needham and hold off Abbott for second. This was Shah's and Abbott's first podium finish of the season.
At the end of the weekend three drivers remain in contention for the F3 Cup title with Cliffe, Dittmann and Ussi split by just five points once dropped scores have been considered.
The F3 Cup heads to the famous Silverstone Grand Prix circuit on 21-22 September for the penultimate rounds of the 2012 season with the title set for a three way battle.
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