Caterham R300 Superlight
Championship 2012: Shaw takes championship lead at the Brands Hatch GP
Mark Shaw’s two 2nd place results in the Brands Hatch GP
round gives him the lead in the in the 2012 Caterham R300 Superlight
Fellow DPR team driver Paul Wilson recovered from a race one DNF to
claim fastest lap setting a new lap record and gaining 5th place in race two.
Wilson exits race one with a DNF at Paddock but gains 5th place in race
two including the fastest lap
Paul Wilson started race one in pole position followed by Ian Payne and his
championship rival Mark Shaw in third place. However with the need to
build his championship lead the pressure was on. A disaster at Paddock
resulted in Wilson’s race ending in the
Paddock gravel trap.
Starting at the back in race two, Wilson stormed through the field to
claim fastest lap setting a new lap record (1:38.191) on route to 5th place
and vital championship points.
Paul Wilson exits race one into the Paddock gravel trap
Shaw takes championship lead with two 2nd place wins
With the mid-race exit of Paul Wilson, Mark Shaw challenged race leader Ian
Payne for the lead with both drivers sharing the honours.
On the final lap Shaw challenged on the exit from Clearways but fell short
by just 0.038 seconds to take second place.
For most of race two the closing fight was between Mark Shaw and Terry
Langley for 2nd place with race one winner Ian Payne repeating his lead
position with a slightly increased margin. However Shaw succeeded in
keeping Langley at bay by just 0.058 seconds securing Shaw’s 2nd place and the all-important championship lead.
With the ability to drop two scores, the championship lead is close between
Mark Shaw, Paul Wilson and Ian Payne. However, with Ian Payne having
two zeros and Paul Wilson’s single DNF, Mark Shaw leaves Brands Hatch with
both the championship lead and a dropped-score advantage
Mark Shaw wins the battle for 2nd place
in both races
DPR strengthens the R300 Superlight Team Championship lead
With just three experienced drivers to gain vital championship points for DPR, the race one exit of Paul
Wilson required a good result from the third team member Magd Mohaffel who
did not disappoint with his 9th place. With Paul Wilson’s
drive from the back to gain 5th place and fastest lap in race
two, DPR gained the highest team score over both races.
R300 newcomer Stuart Leonard gained a creditable 16th place in his
first-ever R300 race and his debut race without a novice cross.
Magd Mohaffel’s 9th in race one secures
vital team points for DPR