Dave Wooder headed to Brands Hatch for the final weekend of the Ginetta Junior Championship, which was going to take place over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of October. The support races get to practice on the Friday before the race weekend. The race weekend was on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. The Ginetta Juniors were allocated two practice sessions on Friday. During the first practice session Dave was out front with Jamie Caroline and Senna Proctor. Dave was one of the few drivers who went out on new tyres for this practice session. At the end of the first session Dave was 6th on the live timing screens. In the second practice session on Friday Dave was again out with Jamie Caroline and Senna Proctor at the front of the field. He finished the session in 3rd on the live timing screen.

Saturday came around, this brought a free practice session and qualifying for Dave. He went out in free practice on a dry track to see what time he could post so he knew what to expect in qualifying. Dave managed to set a time that would sit him 3rd, behind Jamie Caroline and Senna Proctor.


Dave pushing hard during free practice (Credit: Tilley Photography)

Qualifying took place at 14:35, Dave went out knowing he could set times to start up the front of the field like he had in practice. Unfortunately he lost a bit of pace through not having a good tow off of anyone and only managed to qualify in fifth place for race one. Dave didn’t let qualifying get to him, he said “qualifying was okay, we start 5th on the grid for race one, we would have liked to have been a bit higher but we will see what we can do from 5th in race one.” He struggled to string a lap together but managed to qualify 5th, which meant he could get further up the field during the race.

Race one was scheduled to take place on Saturday at 17:30 but due to red flags in other races and barrier repairs needing to take place it was cancelled. The first race was rescheduled to take place first thing on Sunday morning. This meant both Ginetta Junior races would take place on Sunday. Sunday brought race day, Dave headed out to the grid at 10am. He lined up ready to start in 5th place. Dave got a pretty good start and managed to start working his way up, he was having a good battle with the 4th place driver. He managed to get past to take fourth. Then on the final lap of race one Dave had some contact with Dan Zelos which forced him to drop back down to 15th.


Dave battling hard during race one. (Credit: Tilley Photography)

Race two was scheduled to take place 13:00, Dave lined up 15th on the grid. He got a good start and began to fight through the pack. He had a lot of battles with very talented competitors, he managed to fight his way past 10 cars. He came through to being in 5th place by the time the red flag occurred which terminated the race. This meant Dave finished the race in 5th place. This showed how talented Dave Wooder really is and what he is capable of. He finished P2 rookie, so he got a podium after all his hard work throughout the race weekend


Dave heading out to the grid for race two. (Credit: Tilley Photography)

After the race Stuart Middleton, who had taken P1 rookie in the race, was penalized. Stuart was given a 30 second penalty, this meant Dave was promoted to top rookie from race two and fourth overall behind his team mate Matt Chapman. After a frustrating first race Dave went on to finish his race weekend and season on a high. Dave finished 13th in the overall championship and 6th in the rookie championship.

© Fay Tilley 13th October 2015.