Mixed fortunes for podium regulars Craven and Hamilton-Smith

The podium places beside David Scott at Snetterton were filled by Alex Craven and Louis Hamilton-Smith, an unlikely pair given their mechanical gremlins both before and during race one of round seven.

The podium places beside David Scott at Snetterton were filled by Alex Craven and Louis Hamilton-Smith, an unlikely pair given their mechanical gremlins both before and during race one of round seven.

Alex Craven was the first man behind David Scott in second, but he appeared to be heading for yet another win with just two laps to go. His championship rivals, Alice Powell and Tristan Cliffe, had given him the lead when they clashed at Riches, but his own car was making it a hard task to even get to the finish line.

"I was very, very lucky. Very, very lucky indeed. I didn't think we were going to finish, I thought with three laps to go the car was going to be parked by the side of the road." He admitted once off the podium, his tenth of the season so far.

The same issue that reared its head at Silverstone and denied him there appears to have been the problem. But instead of following Silverstone's suit, he nursed the car home in second place.

"Lap after lap I was flicking the fuel pump switches, alternating the pumps and alternating the map. The car's missing, pulling back. It showed me on the dash the fuel pressure was low but I didn't it to tell me, I could feel it stuttering."

His podium was bittersweet having led so close to the end, but in championship terms it's undoubtedly a boost. "It should have been an easy win after the front two clashed. It's opened it back up a bit."

The final step was reserved for Louis Hamilton-Smith, who instead of worrying whether he'd make the finish, he wasn't sure he'd even make the grid. He and his team were working feverishly between qualifying and the race.

"You make your own luck but that was pretty fortunate. I was lucky to make the race to be honest." he said. "I changed the clutch just before [the start] and didn't think I'd make it. A bit of willpower and we got there with two or three minutes to spare. I had a slipping clutch on the formation lap and thought about pitting at the end of that lap but it came back to me. I just gave it a go."

The Red Bull Racing engineer took his seventh podium in just nine starts this year, and said he couldn't get his tyres warm early on to stay with the leaders.

"By the end of it I was keeping position. It was a bit different [to Silverstone] as I just couldn't get prepared. I had a slow start and lost a few places but to be honest, having the problem with the gearbox, it sets you back a bit."

Race two starts at 13:20, with Alex Craven starting third and Louis Hamilton-Smith fifth. Race one winner David Scott splits the pair.

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