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Gronkowski fights back to keep unbeaten run going at Knockhill

Jordan Gronkowski made it two Scottish FF1600 wins out of two for the second consecutive weekend with another comfortable victory at Knockhill.

The Van Diemen driver, who has won every race so far this season, beat Matt Chisholm to the line on the reverse layout by 7.145s, with Graham Brunton Racing’s Logan Hannah completing the podium.

A poor getaway from pole position meant that it was Hannah who seized the early advantage in the race, with the teenager leading the way into the Hairpin for the first time.

Gronkowski fought back and re-took the lead down the main straight following a better exit from Duffus on the second lap.

At the same time, Chisholm stuck the nose of his Van Diemen RF92 down the inside of Hannah as the pair turned into the Hairpin, with the former taking second place on exit.

From then on, the leading trio remained line astern with Gronkowski opening up a healthy margin over Chisholm, who in turn headed Hannah over the line by just over three seconds.

Behind Hannah, an increasingly raging battle for fourth place between Neil Broome, Steven Barlow and Kenny Cowie ended prematurely when two of the three were struck by mechanical issues.

Cowie, who had started from the back of the grid following his race one retirement, suddenly slowed on the run towards Clark’s on lap seven of 12, while Broome’s Ray started exhaling smoke going through the chicane, and ended his race a lap after Cowie.

This allowed Barlow to claim an impressive fourth ahead of GBR team-mate Cameron Thomson at the flag.

Gronkowski though, was untroubled en route to his second double of the season, taking a maximum points haul from the weekend.

“It’s amazing, it really is. You sometimes have to pinch yourself to believe this is really happening,” Gronkowski told FF1600website.

“I got another bad start and that’s the second time this season where that’s happened, so there’s still plenty of work to do before the next round.”

Race results

Pos Driver Car Gap
1 Jordan Gronkowski Van Diemen 12 laps
2 Matthew Chisholm Van Diemen +7.145
3 Logan Hannah Ray +10.515
4 Steve Barlow Ray +14.252
5 Cameron Thomson Ray +15.603
DNF Neil Broome Ray
DNF Kenny Cowie Mygale
Fastest lap: Gronkowski, 54.152

Championship standings
1 Gronkowski 104   2 Chisholm 58   3 Hannah 45   4 Barlow 44   5 Thomson 43   6 Broome 42   7 Jamie Thorburn 40   8 Cowie 32

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