Watton and Morgan Close in on Championship Lead at Snetterton

Lee Morgan at Snetterton

Michael Watton and Lee Morgan again shared the race wins during the latest race meeting on the Snetterton 300 layout.

After setting pole and leading away at the start, Watton was largely unchallenged throughout race 1 and built up a lead of just over seven seconds to take a dominating win. Behind the winner Lee Morgan and Rob Sayell battled it out for the other two steps on the podium. After getting the jump on Morgan at the start, Sayell initially put himself into second, however as Morgan hit his stride he managed to catch and pass the current champion midway through the race to take the runner up spot, although with only a handful of laps left there was nothing he could do to reach Watton. Sayell finished third and took to the bottom step of the podium, a place that he would become familiar with over the weekend. Behind the leaders an epic race unfolded with Dan Clowes, Adam Walker and Bryony King all crossing the line with just under a second separating them!

The top three were again on the podium after race two but this time it was Morgan who was the victor. At the start of the ‘top eight’ reversed grid race, Sayell made a blinding start from sixth to gain himself the lead of the race by nearly two and a half seconds and looked to be in a strong position. However Morgan was rapidly closing with Watton in tow, and both were able to unseat the leader on consecutive laps at mid distance. Watton then turned his attention to Morgan and looked at closing the gap, but Morgan held on to take the win, a second ahead. A slightly dejected looking Sayell again took third ahead of Paul Butcher who was closing on the third place finisher in the closing stages. Butcher in turn also had his mirrors full with Kris Prosser for much of the race, who put in a great effort from starting eleventh during a troubled weekend. Dan Clowes, although getting up to third during the opening laps, seemed not to have the best race after falling down the order to finish sixth.

Watton, again on pole for race three, and having the edge over Morgan on the time sheets looked the favourite for race three honours and needed a good first lap. But this was not to be as contact at turn two spun him round, dropping him to the back of the pack. Prosser’s weekend didn’t get any better either as he found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, squeezed in traffic while trying to make a pass resulted in him being the driver that ran into the back of Watton, turning him around. Watton was able to get back in the race but Prosser had to retire with front wing damage.

Up at the front, Morgan was leading and took his second race win of the weekend, although he was shadowed by Butcher, who finished second, for the duration. Sayell again finished third. Watton put together a great recovery drive to finish in fourth place with Clowes and Adam Walker completing the top six.

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