TCR’s Dave Wooder made his long awaited return to the top step of the podium with a win in the opening encounter of the Simpson Race Product Ginetta Junior championship races at Silverstone. This being his first win since Thruxton back in May, this race was hard fought as the chasing pack kept close behind the Kent based racer.
JHR Development’s Sebastian Priaulx started the race from pole position but Wooder was up alongside and in the lead by the time they exited Copse for the first time of the race. HHC’s Will Tregurtha moved up into third on the first lap. This happened as JHR’s Seb Perez lost places at Becketts, dropping back down to eleventh ahead of Douglas Motorsport duo of Daniel Harper and Stuart Middleton, both drivers did not have the first laps they would have hoped for.
HHC Motorsport’s Lewis Brown passed his teammate Charlie Fagg to take fourth, both quickly joined onto the tail of what became a five car battle for the lead. Priaulx slipped back to fourth on lap four but fought back to pass Brown and Tregurtha over the following few laps. Charlie Fagg followed him through to settle into third, which he held onto until the chequered flag to take his second podium of the year. Priaulx did everything he could to try and take the victory from Wooder but was unable to pass.
A late charge from Lewis Brown saw him recover from sixth to take fourth at the flag ahead of HHC teammate Will Tregurtha and Elite Motorsport’s Harry King. The pack between Tregurtha and his title rival Stuart Middleton included the impressive championship debutant Harry Dyson, who picked up seventh overall and a rookie podium in the opening encounter. More drivers that were in the pack between the two title contenders were Seb Perez, Kyle Hornby and Daniel Harper.
©Fay Tilley 18th September 2016.