July 16, 2019
With a full grid of drivers, the Senior Rotax grid had to complete their three heats each over the space of four different races. With a random grid draw Lewis would start seventeenth for his first race leaving him right down the back of the field.
After a steady first lap Lewis made very quick progress and in just five laps he was up to an impressive sixth place. Immediately it was into a battle for fifth and once there, nine laps in, he had a six tenth gap to chase to fourth. Lewis got straight to work and began to close that gap down, but behind event favourite Guy Cunnington was also closing in and in a last lap battle he did well to hold position despite losing a place to Cunnington.
For the second heat Lewis would start ninth with hopes of a top five or top three finish! Holding station at the start Lewis was right in the middle of a lead queue that had remained very close together, but that would change on lap two when he went into eighth losing 1.2 seconds to the group ahead.
Three laps later Lewis had closed down the group and quickly made two places in two laps. Going into the second half of the race Lewis had gone into fifth which is where he would go on to finish. But carrying a five second front fairing penalty he would drop to seventh post-race.
For the final heat Lewis would start up in seventh and it was crucial for his final grid to take advantage of it. Fired up he was quick off the line going up into second after just two laps with seven tenths to the race leader. Despite Lewis’ best attempts he was never quite able to catch Josh Pullen, but he was carrying a front fairing penalty which handed the win to Lewis post-race.
Starting third for the final Lewis held position at the start and sat in behind Cunnington and Luke Wooder with the trio quickly pulling away. There were minimal gaps in lap times between all three drivers but enough to slowly separate them. The same pattern formed for the majority of the race and although Wooder and Cunnington would battle at the end of the race it wasn’t enough to bring Halliday back in to play and he would take a deserved podium finish.
Considering Cunnington and Wooder are both in the top ten of the British Championship with Lewis down in 35th, it was a superb performance and a huge step forward for Lewis who has threatened to do similar things at national level. Back in action for round four at GYG this weekend this result would have given Lewis a lot of confidence and he will be one to watch for sure.
There was sadly not the same fortunes for Jordan Morris in Junior Max who suffered a broken arm in the opening heat of the weekend leaving him out of the seat for a minimum of six weeks.
The injury was sustained on the opening lap of the race when a spinning driver ahead, combined with some contact from behind, left Jordan a passenger resulting in a nasty incident. It leaves Jordan out for at least the next two rounds of the British Championship with a small chance he may be able to return for the final round at Forest Edge.
Having made great progress with each appearance it comes at a very bad time for Jordan, but his focus will now turn to preparing for next season with plenty of races still to do over the winter.