Seb Perez dominated the opening race of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior championship at Knockhill. The youngster dominated the race to storm to take his maiden win in the championship. He leapfrogged teammate Seb Priaulx off the line and did not look back. A fierce battle raged on for the final podium positions behind him but he was unaware. He was able to open up an advantage of over six seconds at one point during the race before he backed off when about to take the chequered flag.
The action began to arise behind as Priaulx and Douglas Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton battled for second place during the opening laps of the race. The rookie did some determined defending to keep Middleton behind. As the race came to the half way point their battle meant that another five cars formed a queue behind them with Daniel Harper leading the train after he passed Will Tregurtha on lap three. Priaulx’s defence was broken when Middleton dived down the inside of the rookie at Scotsman. The Douglas Motorsport driver held the position until the chequered flag. Priaulx finished in second but also too top rookie honours.
HHC’s Will Tregurtha briefly got ahead of Daniel Harper as they battled for fourth but the latter fought back as they headed to Clark on lap ten and managed to edge clear before holding the position until the flag. The championship leader battled with JHR’s Geri Nicosia to the flag, the two were separated by just two thousands of a second.
Connor Grady finished in seventh ahead of JHR’s Cameron Roberts in eighth and HHC’s Charlie Fagg in ninth. Douglas Motorsport’s Enzo Fittipaldi finishing in tenth. Enzo Fittipaldi also completed the rookie podium behind Priaulx and Harper. TCR’s Dave Wooder ran in sixth before a late drama saw him drop down to eleventh at the flag. Twelfth place was HHC’s Lewis Brown followed by the Elite dup of Tom Wood and Harry King in thirteenth and fourteenth.
©Fay Tilley 15th August 2016.