Total Control Racing’s Dave Wooder has taken the overnight lead in the 2016 Ginetta Junior Winter Series after taking the second race victory of the day. He held off JHR Developments’ Seb Priaulx to take the win, making it two in a row.
With the results from race one setting the grid for race two it was Wooder starting from pole position with Priaulx alongside in second. Wooder suffered a slow start off the line which let Priaulx take the lead through Paddock Hill for the first time. Wooder slotted into second with Charlie Fagg in third. The advantage Priaulx had was short lived as Wooder had got past into the lead by the end of lap one. The leader was then met by a safety car as Connor Grady had gone off the circuit.
At the restart on lap three there was a six-car fight for the lead of the race. the top three were closely being pursued by Elite Motorsport’s Harry King, TCR’s Jordan Collard and Douglas Motorsport’s Daniel Harper. The six cars ran in that formation for a few laps before Harry King suffered a wide moment as he went through the Clark curve gravel trap which saw Collard lose momentum that allowed Harper through into fourth. Priaulx was beginning to put Wooder under immense pressure, the run into Paddock Hill Bend looking to be his best opportunity to pass. Despite the best efforts by Priaulx he was unable to pass and Wooder held on to the lead until the chequered flag. The flag came out early after Charlie Digby found himself beached in the Clark Curve gravel trap.
Priaulx took second place, a late move from Harper at Druids saw him take the final podium spot after passing Fagg on the last lap. Fagg finished in fourth after sitting in sixth at the end of lap one. Harry King recovered after his off-track excursion to finish in fifth place after passing Tom Gamble on the last lap of the race. Harry Dyson secured the Rookie class victory after finishing in seventh. He has the red flag to thank after spinning out of the lead rookie spot on the lap of the race that was removed. Morgan Quinn, the rookie winner from race one, went on to finish the second race in eighth ahead of Elite Motorsport’s Greg Johnson in ninth. Collard fell down the order as the race progressed, eventually finishing in tenth. Katie Milner finished the race in eleventh ahead of Fox Motorsport’s Keaton Samra in twelfth. Jenson Dineen finished in thirteenth ahead of Finley Green.
Charlie Digby and Connor Grady were joined on the retirements list by Ruben Del Sarte after he finished his race in the gravel at Druids.
The provisional points so far of the 2016 Ginetta Junior Winter Series after the first day are:
- Dave Wooder – 70 points
- Seb Priaulx – 60 points
- Daniel Harper – 49 points
- Charlie Fagg – 48 points
- Harry King – 40 points
- Morgan Quinn – 30 points
©Fay Tilley 13th November 2016.