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Middlehurst secures Protyre FR title as Cao wins chaotic race

by Gruz David
Chris Middlehurst

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Chris Middlehurst has become the champion of the 2013 Protyre Formula Renault season after a race which saw nine drivers unable to finish, including Weiron Tan, Middlehurst’s closest rival.

The third race at Rockingham started and ended with accidents each causing four retirements. On the first lap Sam MacLeod, Henrique Baptista, Jake Cook and Matias Galetto were all forced to retire as the safety car came out, with Tan keeping his lead in front of Hong Wei Cao and Middlehurst.

After his good getaway, Tan started to build a comfortable gap, however, he was out of the race on the seventh lap thanks to engine failure, with Cao inheriting first place.

The Chinese driver was closely followed by Middlehurst and Jorge Cevallos, who gained seven positions at the start. The race was ended early by a red flag after an incident, with Wei Fung Thong, Matthew Rao, Leo Yee and Ed Brand all involved.

Although Cao clinched his first victory in the category, the man to celebrate was 18-year-old Chris Middlehurst, who was well-deservedly crowned as the Protyre Formula Renault champion.

Mexican Cevallos completed the podium, behind him Joe Ghanem, Matteo Ferrer, Pietro Fittipaldi, Tom Oliphant, Diego Menchaca?and Shahan Sarkissian were all separated by only five seconds at the finish line. Atte Lehtonen completed the top ten, and the people who were able to finish the race.

Race Three results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Hongwei Cao Fortec Motorsport 12 laps in 19:19.926
2 Chris Middlehurst MGR Motorsport + 0.597
3 Jorge Cevallos MGR Motorsport +?2.237
4 Joe Ghanem Mtech Lite +?3.926
5 Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport +?4.432
6 Pietro Fittipaldi Jamun Racing Services +?5.747
7 Tom Oliphant MGR Motorsport +?6.567
8 Diego Menchaca Jamun Racing Services +?6.980
9 Shahan Sarkissian Mtech Lite +?8.541
10 Atte Lehtonen SWB Motorsport +?13.994
Not classified
Wei Fung Thong Fortec Motorsport 12 laps
Matthew Rao Hillspeed 12 laps
Leo Yee Fortec Motorsport 12 laps
Edward Brand Mtech Lite 12 laps
Weiron Tan Fortec Motorsport 7 laps
Mat?as Galetto Mtech Lite 0 laps
Jake Cook Hillspeed 0 laps
Henrique Baptista Scorpio Motorsport 0 laps
Sam MacLeod Fortec Motorsport 0 laps