King’s Lynn driver Sayell seals podium spots at Rockingham

Rob Sayell Rockingham 11/12 June
Rob Sayell Rockingham 11/12 June
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Lynn Formula Jedi racer Rob Sayell enjoyed another very successful weekend’s racing with a third place and another race win when the series moved to Rockingham Motor Speedway circuit for Rounds 5 and 6 of the championship.

Having missed Rounds 3 and 4 held at Silverstone whilst on holiday Rob was keen to make up lost points having dropped from first to fifth in the championship table.

Sayell qualified fourth on Saturday with a time of 1.2466 for the two-mile circuit just 0.027 seconds behind pole sitter and championship leader Dan Clowes.

Sayell made a good start, staying close to the front three, and the four began to pull away from the rest of the field. Clowes retired with oil pressure problems on lap four, moving Sayell up to third.

Sayell closed the gap to leaders Andrew Dunn and Paul Butcher further still, grabbing the fastest lap with a time of 1.25.1 averaging 86.7 mph. As the three crossed he was just 0.9 seconds behind the leader.

Sunday’s qualifying was very difficult with rain leaving the circuit greasy.

Sayell was very pleased therefore to qualify on the front row in second place behind former championship winner Lee Morgan.

Sayell moved into the lead as Morgan retired after just three laps. Sayell gradually pulled away with a comfortable 6.3 second lead at the flag, taking his second outright win in the series. Sayell missed the fastest lap which went to Morgan by just 0.10 seconds.

The excellent weekend results netted 52 points moving him back up to second in the championship, 27 points behind new points leader Paul Butcher.

Rob said: “I have had a fantastic start to the season with two wins, a second and a third in four races. After missing the May rounds I had not expected to be in second place in the championship at this stage. The engine overhauled in by Mike Smith Tuning has not missed a beat and the car handled perfectly.

“It’s a team effort with my dad (Harry) setting up the car brilliantly to suit the tricky conditions, my brother Dave giving me information on the pit wall as well as editing camera footage, mum feeding us all and my wife Trudy and son Jenson there cheering me on.

“JNC Recruitment support for the formula has enabled TV coverage at most rounds.”

Rounds 7 and 8 are at Brands Hatch in July which will be televised for Motors TV.

It will include a different format with only one qualifying session and four 15 minute races, at least one of which will include a reversed grid.