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FPA: Williams wins Snetterton opener

Saturday, June 26 2010

Jordan Williams claimed victory in the opening FPA race of the Snetterton weekend after storming past pole-sitter Nigel Moore into turn one on the opening lap. The Devonshire driver hung on despite relentless race-long pressure from Moore and Maxime Jousse to take his first ever win in single seater racing.

The top three drivers were separated by less than a second for the majority of the race as the lead trio were evenly matched throughout. It wasn't until lap 14 that Williams seemed to hold a reletively comfortable margin, after Jousse made a major attack on Moore for second. The championship leading duo went side-by-side across the start/finish line and battled through Riches and Sear corner. The Frenchman's attempt ultimately failed however, as Moore defended well.

Despite the gap to Williams being reduced again in the final few laps, the Lanhydrock Golf Club-backed racer resisted the advances of Moore and Jousse to complete an impressive victory: "It's my first win in single seaters," said Jordan. "I'm really happy for myself and my family - especially my mum and my little brother who couldn't be here today. That was the longest race of my life - the pressure was relentless throughout but I am absolutely delighted."

While Moore and Jousse will be keen to push for victory later in the weekend, both drivers were happy to score solid points finishes: "You don't have to win them all to win the championship," said Moore.

"It is really good points for the championship," noted Jousse. "I need to work with the car to improve my pace but overall I am happy."

The top three drivers were in a class of their own throughout the 18-lap contest, but there were some eye-catching performances behind them. Vincent Beltoise took fourth after Howard Fuller ran wide at Riches in the early stages, and the Frenchman went on to maintain the position until the finish - setting the second fastest lap in the process.

Spanish duo Ramon Pineiro and Jose Alonso Liste finished fifth and sixth respectively after a lengthy battle for position. Alonso Liste made a number of attempts late in the race - the pair even going side-by-side on lap 15 - but Pineiro held on to take another important top five finish.

Melroy Heemskerk stormed from 11th on the grid to take seventh at the finish after some notable manoeuvres past Giuseppe Cipriani and James Thorp. The Dutchman also set the fastest lap of the race as he continues to acclimatise himself to the FPA car and Snetterton circuit.

British trio Kieran Vernon, Callum Holland and James Thorp rounded out the top ten, whilst fellow countryman Howard Fuller endured a challenging contest. He dropped to the back after running wide from fourth place early on, and then spun at Riches on lap six as he tried to make his way back up the order.

The second and final race of the day will take place at 2:30pm today. A further qualifying session will be followed by another double-header tomorrow.

Formula Palmer Audi Championship - Rounds 4, 5, 6 & 7 - Snetterton - Race One Provisional Classification:

1. Jordan Williams, 18 laps
2. Nigel Moore, +0.781s
3. Maxime Jousse, +1.996s
4. Vincent Beltoise, +6.332s
5. Ramon Pineiro, +7.797s
6. Jose Alonso Liste, +8.222s
7. Melroy Heemskerk, +11.262s
8. Kieran Vernon, +11.717s
9. Callum Holland, +17.776s
10. James Thorp, +18.500s

Tickets for Formula Palmer Audi and GT Cup at Snetterton on 26/27 June are available from £10 for adults with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click on the link below.