The free practice sessions for the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior championship were very close as in the first free practice session it was JHR Development’s Cameron Roberts who topped the timing screens. He had been leading during the majority of the session with just over half a second advantage until it was cut down to just 0.008 seconds when the chequered flag was brought out. Stuart Middleton took second place during the first practice session of the day. Middleton lost the lead of the championship to rival Will Tregurtha at Oulton Park. This weekend will see Middleton hungry to take wins and retake the lead of the championship. Tregurtha was only able to take fifth in the first free practice session, although he was still within 0.863 seconds of the leader. TCR’s Dave Wooder and newbie Olli Caldwell completed the top five in his JHR Developments Ginetta. Caldwell posted his fastest lap on his final lap of the session to finish top rookie of free practice one. Fifth place was taken by HHC’s Will Tregurtha just 0.002 seconds behind fourth place. Charlie Fagg took sixth with Douglas Motorsport’s Daniel Harper in seventh. Eighth place was HHC Motorsport’s Lewis Brown and ninth went to JHR Development’s Kyle Hornby with HHC’s Tom Gamble rounding out the top ten. Seb Perez took eleventh with JHR teammate Seb Priaulx following in twelfth. Elite Motorsport’s Tom Wood was thirteenth, JHR driver Dhyllan Skiba took fourteenth with TCR’s Max Bird taking fifteenth and teammate Connor Grady took sixteenth. Douglas Motorsport’s Enzo Fittipaldi finished the session in seventeenth with Elite Motorsport’s Harry King taking eighteenth. Rounding out the top twenty were JHR Development’s Geri Nicosia after suffering technical issues forcing him to not be able to complete many laps during the practice session and Rob Boston Racing’s Greg Johnson.
In free practice two Douglas Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton finished on top of the timing screens with a lap time of 1:39.641. Teammate Harper finished the session as top rookie in second place, just 0.045 seconds behind Middleton. Third place was taken by Dave Wooder with Charlie Fagg and Will Tregurtha completing the top five competitors. Sixth place in the second session went to Elite Motorsport’s Tom Wood with TCR’s Connor Grady in seventh and HHC’s Tom Gamble in eighth. Rounding out the top ten of the session were JHR Developments Cameron Roberts and teammate Seb Priaulx. Eleventh was HHC’s Lewis Brown with JHR’s Seb Perez close behind in twelfth, teammate Kyle Hornby was next up in thirteenth. Fourteenth went to TCR’s Max Bird followed by Elite Motorsport’s Harry King in fifteenth and JHR’s Dhyllan Skiba in sixteenth. Newcomer Olli Caldwell finished the session in seventeenth with Enzo Fittipaldi taking eighteenth and Geri Nicosia taking nineteenth after continuing to struggle with technical and mechanical gremlins. Rounding out the top twenty was Greg Johnson.
©Fay Tilley 18th June 2016.