Two more Jedi podiums for Walpole Cross Key driver Sayell at Brands Hatch

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Rob Sayell from Walpole Cross Keys continued his Formula Jedi run of success with two more visits to the podium last weekend racing at Brands Hatch, including another win and a runner-up place.

The weekend included a qualifying round and two 15-minute races rather than one 20 minute race each day.

Rob qualified sixth for Race 1 on Saturday and made a lightning start to move up to third place by the first corner and into second place on the next corner. Lapping at 93mph Rob chased the leader Bradley Hobday closely but despite attempts eventually had to settle for second at the flag.

Race two’s grid was based on the reversal of race 1’s top eight results, putting Rob seventh on the grid. Another good start saw Rob move up to fifth by the end of lap one. A collision on lap four brought the race under caution closing the field up. This closed the field up and helped former champion Andrew Dunn to catch and pass Rob in the closing stages, who finished sixth.

Rob qualified third in Sunday’s session. Rob got away well moving up to second on lap one and stayed within half a second of leader Dunn hard whilst coming under pressure himself from former Champion, Lee Morgan. Dunn retired suddenly with a broken driveshaft on Lap 7 moving Rob into the lead. The safety car came out to remove Dunn’s car but after being unsuccessful the race was stopped early on lap 11, giving Rob his third win of the season.

Again the second race saw a reversed grid with Rob’s win in race one starting him in 8th place. Current championship leader Paul Butcher took an early lead from third on the grid which he held to take the win. Rob overtook three cars on lap one and moved up one more place on lap 8 to finish fourth.

Rob remains second in the championship to Butcher with a gap of just 25 points. He is now looking forward to the next round at Donington Park when the format will return to one 20 minute race and a qualifying round each day.

He said: “The car was just great all weekend and the set up helped me cope with some very close races and challenging track conditions. The reversed grids were a new challenge but I was pleased with my results in them, scoring some useful points. I was thrilled with my win and runner up place and I’d like to thank my Dad Harry and brother Dave who worked very hard this weekend, I couldn’t do it without them.”

The Brands Hatch rounds were filmed by Motors TV and are expected to be shown later this month.