Initially it was JHR’s Seb Priaulx who won the second race of the weekend at Knockhill but after multiple drivers were penalised the win was handed to his JHR teammate Geri Nicosia. Priaulx drove superbly to recover from a slow start to take the lead of the race and what he thought was his maiden victory. He started the race from third on the grid behind teammate Seb Perez and Douglas Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton. A slow getaway off the line saw him get surrounded on the way into Seat Curve by the chasing drivers. He emerged from the corner in seventh, Daniel Harper had taken third and it quickly became second place after he passed teammate Middleton on the exit of Clark. The latter hit back at the Hairpin on the following lap with a smart move around the outside of Harper. He got the race lead momentarily before Perez fought back as the pair headed down the start-finish straight.
The top two’s races took a turn for the worst as disasters struck, both Perez and Middleton were handed a drive through penalty for jumping the start of the race, the penalty did not stop them from battling on track. The two made contact as they exited Clark which sent Middleton bouncing over the grass. Perez maintained the lead before serving his penalty first. This saw Harper promoted into the lead of the race ahead of Will Tregurtha, Seb Priaulx and Stuart Middleton. Cameron Roberts was in the battle before he was spun round at Clark on the sixth lap of the race.
One Middleton had served his penalty Geri Nicosia had climbed into fourth place ahead of Dave Wooder and Tom Wood. Thos three went on to gain more ground in the closing stages of the race. A slight mistake by Harper on the exit of the chicane saw him lose his one second lead, the top three headed into the final two laps nose to tail. The first driver to make a move was Tregurtha as they entered the first corner, the two made contact which opened the door for Priaulx to storm past them both into the race lead. This dropped Harper down to third. On the last lap he attempted to get the position back from Tregurtha but the two made contact again with the latter being spun down the order. Priaulx took the flag and the provisional win. JHR had a one-two with Priaulx winning and Geri Nicosia taking second, this being Nicosia’s first overall podium in the championship.
Daniel Harper recovered to take third at the chequered flag ahead of Dave Wooder in fourth and Tom Wood in fifth. The latter took his best result of his rookie season so far. Tregurtha managed to bring the car home in sixth ahead of Connor Grady in seventh, Lewis Brown in eighth and Jordan Collard in ninth. This was the latter’s best finish of the season so far. Perez and Middleton fought through to complete the top eleven. Olli Caldwell finished the race in twelfth after surviving a slide at Scotsman during the opening lap of the race. This incident led to damage for Enzo Fittipaldi and Harry King. The same incident also led to Charlie Digby having a trip through the gravel.
Post-race Seb Priaulx and Dan Harper were penalised for false starts, this meaning they got handed thirty second penalties which handed JHR’s Geri Nicosia his maiden win in the championship. Following a ‘judge of fact’ report Perez was handed a penalty for the false start which was later found to be incorrect. The amended results saw Geri Nicosia take the win ahead of TCR’s Dave Wooder and Elite Motorsport’s Tom Wood. The top six were completed by HHC’s Will Tregurtha, TCR’s Connor Grady and HHC’s Lewis Brown. This gives Brown the race three pole for the reversed grid race.
©Fay Tilley 15th August 2016.