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Taylor regains GB4 lead with victory in eventful Silverstone opener

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Fortec Motosports’ Nikolas Taylor benefitted from a chaotic opening lap to win from fifth on the grid in GB4 race one at Silverstone.

Hillspeed’s pre-race points leader Max Marzorati started from pole after team-mate Megan Gilkes served a three-place grid drop for an incident at the previous round at Snetterton.

Marzorati remained in front at the start, but soon came under pressure from Elite Motorsport’s Jack Sherwood.

After getting a good run down the Hamilton Straight, Sherwood snatched the lead with a bold overtake around the outside of Abbey but his race ended one corner later after he was rearended by Kevin Mills Racing’s Jarrod Waberski, who launched himself on top of Sherwood’s car and also retired.

Taylor moved through the melee into the lead before the safety car was deployed, while both Gilkes and Marzorati were forced to pit with punctures.

That promoted KMR’s Tom Mills to second at the restart ahead of Logan Hannah, who climbed from seventh to third for Graham Brunton Racing.

Taylor controlled the remainder of the eight-lap contest to take victory by 2.647 seconds from Mills, while Hannah tried to fend off Fortec’s Jessica Edgar for the final podium spot.

Gilkes recovered from her unscheduled pitstop to join the battle, passing Edgar before taking third from Hannah into Abbey on the final lap. But contact between the pair resulted in Hannah spinning to seventh.

Edgar moved up to fourth ahead of Hillspeed’s debutant Marcus Short and Rosso Verde Racing’s Christian Lester.

Chloe Grant was eighth after a spin at Copse, while Marzorati trailed home a distant ninth and is now 14 points behind Taylor at the top of the championship standings.

Race result (8 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Nikolas Taylor Fortec Motorsports 19m32.043s
2 Tom Mills Kevin Mills Racing +2.647s
3 Megan Gilkes Hillspeed +8.164s
4 Jessica Edgar Fortec Motorsports +8.700s
5 Marcus Short Hillspeed +14.645s
6 Christian Lester Rossoverde Racing +14.948s
7 Logan Hannah Graham Brunton Racing +18.080s
8 Chloe Grant Graham Brunton Racing +25.752s
9 Max Marzorati Hillspeed +48.929s
Ret Jack Sherwood Elite Motorsport
Ret Jarrod Waberski Kevin Mills Racing
Fastest lap: Marzorati, 2m02.368s

Championship standings
Taylor 354   2 Marzorati 340   3 Waberski 298   4 Mills 285   5 Gilkes 271   6 Sherwood 268   7 Alex Walker 244   8 Hannah 175   9 Edgar 172   10 Elias Adestam 151