JHR Developments’ Seb Priaulx fought off a late charge from Douglas Motorsport’s Daniel Harper to take the victory. After the opening race of day two of the 2016 Ginetta Junior Winter Series Seb Priaulx and Dave Wooder are tied in the lead. It was not an easy race for Priaulx as he battled the greasy indy circuit as Harper attacked for the lead.

Priaulx led from pole position and had a relatively easy first half of the race aboard his JHR entered G40. He built a lead of nearly one and a half seconds ahead of Harper. The gap was halved as the two started to lap the backmarkers. Harper closed the gap right down, opening an opportunity to attack for the win. The Douglas Motorsport driver’s best chance to attack was on lap thirteen as he came level alongside Priaulx as the two exited Druids but the latter held onto the position through Graham Hill Bend. The two traded fastest lap times on the next lap as a dry line appeared around the circuit. Priaulx held off Harper to take his first win of the weekend. Both Priaulx and Harper were handed five second penalties for not respecting track limits.

There was a race long battle for third place but no one was close enough to take advantage had anything happened. TCR’s Dave Wooder kept hold of third place after passing HHC’s Charlie Fagg on the opening lap of the race. Fagg lost any chance of getting onto the podium at Druids after being pushed down to tenth. As the race got underway Wooder was put under immense pressure by JHR Developments’ Tom Gamble, who eventually dived up the inside on lap eighth before JHR teammate Harry Dyson replicated the move on the next lap on the TCR man.

Dyson was the leading rookie, he briefly took third from teammate Gamble at Paddock Hill on lap eleven of the race but the latter made a forceful move to retake the position at Graham Hill Bend. The battle came to a fantastic end on the last lap of the race, as the two headed towards the flag Wooder got a perfect exit from Clearways and the three crossed the line side by side for a photo finish. It was Wooder who managed to get his nose ahead down the middle to take third after running in fifth. Harry Dyson finished in fourth with JHR teammate Gamble taking fifth, the three drivers were split by just one tenth of a second.

Connor Grady took sixth on the road but he received a track limits penalty which dropped him to seventh. Charlie Fagg finished the race in sixth. TCR’s Jordan Collard took eighth ahead of top rookie and teammate Morgan Quinn in ninth. Ruben Del Sarte completed the rookie podium and the overall top ten. Charlie Digby finished in eleventh after receiving a five second penalty for not respective track limits.

Jenson Dineen finished the race in twelfth ahead of Fox Motorsport’s Keaton Samra in thirteenth and Elite Motorsport’s Greg Johnson in fourteenth. Samra and Johnson enjoyed a good battle throughout the race. Katie Milner finished the race in fifteenth followed by Finley Green in sixteenth. Elite Motorsport’s Harry King was the only drive not to finish the race.

 

©Fay Tilley 13th November 2016.

 

 

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