Billy Monger powered into from fourth to second in the KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship this weekend (08/09 August) after a win and runner’s up position in rounds 11 and 12 of the BTCC support series.
Qualifying on pole position, Monger made it six different pole sitters in as many meetings, but it was Jamie Caroline who made the best getaway in race one, taking the lead off the line, whilst Monger and Brown filed into second and third.
Contact at Montreal in the opening lap melee sent Chapman into a spin. The TCR car was collected by Stacey, DeFrancesco, Bailey and Hadfield and brought out the safety car. Whilst Chapman was forced to retire, a pit visit for Stacey, DeFrancesco and Bailey allowed them to lose bodywork and rejoin, whilst Hadfield stayed out - but later spun, collecting Nicosia along the way.
Racing recommenced on lap three with Caroline pulling out almost a second on Monger on their first real racing lap. With Brown hassling for second, Matthiesen was able to catch up and take the position in a drag race to the line on the penultimate tour.
In the rookie class, Matthiesen’s third place was enough to secure him the class victory, whilst Alex Day held off Senna Proctor to finish fifth overall and second in the rookie class – his best result of 2015 – with the class rounded out by Kyle Hornby in overall eighth.
Charlie Fagg and Geri Nicosia had a fantastic fight for 11thand 12th. Whilst behind them Ben Green raced Connor Grady for 14th, with the pair keeping Frank Bird at arm’s length to the line as the latter took his best finish to date and rounded out the top 15.
After the race, Caroline was penalised for a move on Matthiesen and given a five place grid penalty for round 12. Starting alongside rival Proctor at the start, the stage was set for an exciting race, and the teenagers delivered once again.
Monger stormed off the line to hold the lead into Richies for the first time, whilst Caroline jumped from sixth to third into the first corner. Plenty of spinning and off-roading down the order mixed the pack up, with Tregurtha the main beneficiary climbing from ninth to fourth.
As Monger pulled away in the lead, Proctor battled firstly with Caroline and later with Zelos for second, but managed to hold on to the line. After shaking off Caroline, it was left to Tregurtha to squabble with the championship leader.
In his enthusiasm to snatch crucial points, Caroline repeatedly flouted track limits and was handed a five second time penalty. His race was further hurt as he ran wide and lost more places when attempting to pass Tregurtha. The result handed Tregurtha a deserved fourth place and rookie cup win, his best result of the season so far.
Completing the rookie podium were Geri Nicosia in his career best finish of sixth overall, and Alex Day, who continued his best weekend to date with a seventh. With the ITV4 live on-board camera, Hadfield made the most of his TV time, picking off his rivals from a starting position of 17th, to move into an impressive ninth at the flag.
A spin for Matthiesen on the opening lap saw him playing catch up for much of the encounter, he managed to recover to 16that the flag, just behind Stuart Middleton who had started 23rdand made great progress in his Quinton Hazell backed Ginetta Junior Scholarship car.
Another exciting weekend of KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior racing means the championship is once again closing up, with Caroline, Proctor, Monger and Zelos certain to be reigniting their title fight when they head to Knockhill in a fortnight’s time.
Provisional KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship Top 10 after Round 12.
1. CAROLINE, Jamie 294
2. PROCTOR, Senna 272
3. MONGER, Billy 246
4. ZELOS, Dan 221
5. FLOERSCH, Sophia 211
6. BROWN, Lewis 201
7. HADFIELD, Jonathan 190
8. MATTHIESEN, Patrik 184
9. MIDDLETON, Stuart 153
10. TREGURTHA, Will 151