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Caroline Snatches Junior Championship Lead With Dominant Croft

Caroline Snatches Junior Championship Lead With Dominant Croft

Two wins from two were enough to hand Jamie Caroline the KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship lead following the Croft Circuit encounter, with the teenage racer taking a 31 point lead heading into the summer break.

Sophia Floersch took pole position for the first of two Junior races in North Yorkshire, pipping her HHC teammates Jamie Caroline and Patrik Matthiesen to the pole position post by less than 0.2 seconds.

A lightening start from Caroline however, saw him take an early lead through turn one with Floresch slotting in behind, whilst Brown leapfrogged Matthieson for third before the pair traded places throughout lap two, with Matthieson ultimately reclaiming the place.

As the three HHC cars battled for the lead, Brown, Middleton, Monger and Hornby ran nose to tail to be best of the rest, until a safety car period to recover the stricken car of Wooder (with whom Zelos make unavoidable contact with on lap six) bunched the pack together once again.

With three racing laps left, the juniors provided their usual entertainment, with position-swapping throughout the 24 car grid. As Caroline and Floersch once again pulled out their advantage, it was a mad dash to the flag between Monger and Brown, with the former ultimately securing the final spot on the podium.

In the rookie class, Floersch took the win, with Matthieson settling for second in class and fifth overall after dropping behind Monger and Brown on the restart. Hornby rounded out the class podium, managing to defend his position from an incredibly racy Middleton in his Quinton Hazell-backed car.

Race two was a similarly exciting affair, albeit behind Caroline who took an unchallenged lights-to-flag victory as the excitement unfolded behind. Monger got the jump on Floersch at the start to take second place, whilst a spin for Bird left him stranded and in need of a safety car as he was recovered to a place of safety.

Racing recommenced on lap four, with Caroline breaking free from the melee behind, which saw Floersch and Monger tangle at the final hairpin, thus allowing Hornby and Brown to sneak into the final two podium spots.

Floersch managed to make a failed move from the lap prior stick on the next tour as she passed Brown to retake third and began to hunt down her rookie rival Kyle Hornby for second. Not one to miss a trick, Matthieson followed her through, whilst Middleton got into the mix in fifth place.

Alex Day meanwhile, was continuing to enjoy his strongest weekend yet as he followed the leading pack in seventh, although an unsuccessful attempt to pass Monger eventually dropped him down to tenth and out of the battle for a rookie podium.

On the final lap, Monger spun at the Complex and dropped to an eventual 15thbehind his teammate Seb Perez who had defended from Fagg, Nicosia and Wooder in the closing stages to enjoy his best weekend so far.

As the flag fell, Caroline took the win ahead of Hornby, who was impressive in keeping his head to take his first outright podium despite multiple challenges from eventual third placed driver, Floersch. With two rookies inside the top three, it was left to Matthieson to complete the class podium.

The drivers now enjoy a summer break before the next gathering at Snetterton in six weeks’ time, where the second half of the KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship will kick into high gear. Provisional top 10 is as follows;

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE

1 CAROLINE, Jamie 255

2 PROCTOR, Senna 224

3 FLOERSCH, Sophia 211

4 MONGER, Billy 180

5 ZELOS, Dan 176

6 HADFIELD, Jonathan 174

7 BROWN, Lewis 159

8 MATTHIESEN, Patrik 158

9 MIDDLETON, Stuart 147

10 HORNBY, Kyle 128