Force India Takes Pole Position At Leukaemia & Lymphoma

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7,000 triathletes took part in the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon, including relay entrants from three Formula One teams.

Situated just 25 miles from the Silverstone Circuit, in an area known as ‘Motorsport Valley', the World Heritage Site saw relay teams from Mercedes AMG Petronas, Red Bull and Force India battle it out to become Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Blenheim Palace Triathlon F1 Relay Champions.

From engineers to fabricators, trimmers to accountants, each F1 team had three relay teams representing them on race day. Setting off in the 10:55 wave, competitiveness and team rivalry were visible from the start with each team wanting to best their opponents, spurring on their teammates as they commenced the swim.

First out of the water was Mercedes AMG Petronas, with Senior Systems Engineer from Oxford, Matthew Storry, passing over the triathlon baton to his eager team back in transition.

Moving onto the bike section, it was Force India A's Kevin Dunkley who was first to finish, taking on the course in just 32 mins 48 secs, over 30secs ahead of his opponents.

With a clear head start for Antonia Fischer coming onto the run, Force India A sealed their victory with an incredible 1min 10 secs lead over Mercedes AMG Petronas A and the rest of the competitors.

Red Bull also took the ‘Championship Title', with 2 teams in the top five giving them a total of 35 points.

Overall Standings:

  • 1st:, Force India A, 1hour 10mins - 25 points
  • 2nd: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS A, 1 hour 11 mins 32 secs - 18 points
  • 3rd: Red Bull B, 1hr 12min 27 secs - 15 points
  • 4th: Red Bull A 1hr 16min 48 secs- 12 points
  • 5th: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS B, 1hr 18min 50sec - 10 points
  • 6th: Red Bull C - 1hour 20 mins 7 secs - 8 points
  • 7th: Force India B, 1 hour 25 mins 35 secs - 6 points
  • 8th: MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS C , 1hour 30 mins 36 secs - 4 points
  • 9th: Force India C, 1hr 32min 21sec- 2 points

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Story first published: Monday, June 15, 2015, 9:27 [IST]
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