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The race, contested over 56 very wet laps was eventually won by Hollis Graham, but not after much drama. There were two red flag periods, one for an accident involving Johnny Kingshark and Bradley Downton, and the other for the appalling weather, as well as the heartbreak of home favourite Jackie Chan crashing into the side of Williams' Butch Coolidge while fighting for the lead, eliminating both. Williams Ingram managed second, while Jamie Franklin acheived Lotuses first finish so far this season in third.
The first practice session was run under incredibly wet conditions in which wet weather specialist Butch Coolidge put Williams fastest. It wasn't all good news for Williams however as teammate Nic Morley was sidelined for most of the session with gearbox problems, not actually managing to complete a lap time. Tom Robson put his Mercedes second with Felipe Bomeny's Ferrari third. Championship leader William Ingram was 8th, Tea Kirkham shined for HRT in 11th but Johnny Kingshark could only manage 16th in the Red Bull.
Championship leader William Ingram took the fastest time in the second practice session, run in conditions completely different to the first. Just as first practice ended the rain stopped and the track dried sufficiently without further rainfall in time for FP2. The two Red Bull's and Lotuses followed up with Mathershaw's Ferrari 6th and home favourite Chan in 7th for Sauber. Bomeny could only manage 13th in the second Ferrari while the morning session's fastest men, Butch Coolidge and Tom Robson could only manage 15th and 17th respectively. Alfie Widger of McLaren struggled massively with handling problems during the session, only managing 20th place.
In a difficult session the usual contenders were the first to fall. Oli Peacock in particular was looking strong early on, until a mistake at the penultimate turn lost him over a second on his final run. Kevin Cucamest struggled to 21st for Toro Rosso while Johnny Kingshark took the fastest time for sister team Red Bull.
In a shocking turn of events, we see both Felipe Bomeny and Alfie Widger out in Q2. Bomeny looked confident in the early stages, but couldn’t quite improve enough to enable a top 10 result. Alfie seemed to struggle for the entirety of Q2, complaining of a lack of grip, caused by low temperatures in the tyres. Tom Robson narrowly misses out in Q3 once again, as the Force Indias improve upon their practice times to finish 13th and 14th.
Johnny Kingshark stormed to a fantastic pole position in a soaking wet Q3, snatching it by over a second from his teammate. Championship leader Ingram put his McLaren a strong third, ahead of Lotus teammate Franklin and Downton. Coolidge took a fantastic 6th on the grid for Williams.
FP1 Results (Wet)
FP2 Results (Dry)
Race Result (Wet)
Championship standings after the race
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