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Westie Mitchell wins Progression, Team USA’s Jeansonne out

Westie Mitchell took a convincing win in the Walter Hayes Trophy Progression race, in a tale of what could have been for Team America Scholarship driver Aaron Jeansonne.

Mitchell, who had to handle clutch issues in his Merlyn in Saturday’s heats, lined up 14th on the grid, but was up to fourth by the end of the first lap.

He moved up to third on the third lap, and took a further three to catch and overtake Advent Motorsport Lola driver Tim Crighton.

Once out front Mitchell was untouchable, and he finished the race almost five seconds ahead of Crighton.

Laurent Poncin finished a distant third in his Van Diemen RF91, although he made the most progression of anyone having started from 27th, ahead of Souley Motorsport man Chris Davison, Jon Davis and Davison’s team-mate James Harvey.

As the top six they qualify for the Last Chance race, something Jeansonne just missed out on.

The Cliff Dempsey Racing-run American was the quickest man on track, with his fastest lap being over a second quicker than anyone else.

The teenager started 22nd on the grid, and made quick progress to be battling for eighth by the end of the first lap.

His race unravelled two laps later, spinning at Brooklands just as Pascal Monbaron and Vincent Jay collided.

Monbaron lost a wheel, while Jay and Jeansonne slipped down the order.

From 18th Jeansonne didn’t give up though, and he finished the 10 lap race in seventh, just 0.425 seconds off the crucial sixth place spot.

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