Tom Emson claimed his maiden Ginetta Junior victory in a photo finish at Brands Hatch.
The Elite Motorsport snatched the lead Lorcan Hanafin in the closing stages of the race, but was kept under pressure until the chequered flag.
On the final lap, Emson, Hanafin, and James Hedley were running side by side. Hanafin looked as if he might have the advantage but Emson kept his foot down to take the win just 0.073s ahead of Hedley, with Hanafin a further 0.06s back.
The race started in typical Ginetta Junior carniage. Hedley collided with Gus Burton on the opening lap, which bunched up the cars behind him a triggered a number of incidents further out. Burton was forced into the pits and out of the race, as was Joel Pearson, but Hedley managed to continue at the back of the field.
The safety car had already been called when Zak O’Sullivan and Theo Edgerton collided, O’Sullivan running into Edgerton as he tried to return to the track after running wide.
By the time the order had settled behind the safety car, six drivers had retired.
Will Martin was second when racing resumed and immediately began to challenge Hanafin for the lead, but ran wide as he tried to get alongside the Douglas Motorsport driver and dropped back to fourth. He continued to fight at the front of the field until he ran straight on at Paddock Hill Bend with an apparent steering problem in the closing stages of the race.
Race one winner James Taylor spent most of the race at the front of the field and had been running third, just behind the battling Emson and Hanafin on the final lap, but ran off into the gravel, hitting the barriers and bringing an early end to his race.
Despite the early chaos, Edgerton was able to recover to finish fourth and top rookie, ahead of Ethan Hawkey and Harry Dyson.
Josh Rattican, Martin, O’Sullivan, and Frankie Taylor rounded out the top 10.
|1||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||20m07.262s (17 laps)|
|2||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+0.073s|
|3||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+0.133s|
|4||Theo Edgerton||54||Total Control Racing||+5.351s|
|5||Ethan Hawkey||40||Total Control Racing||+10.128s|
|6||Harry Dyson||20||Premiership Academy||+12.296s|
|7||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing/In2Racing||+14.473s|
|8||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||+14.724s|
|9||Zak O’Sullivan||51||Douglas Motorsport||+14.979s|
|10||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+15.142s|
|12||Charlie McLeod||37||Premiership Academy||+30.485s|
|13||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+35.340s|
|14||Daniel Gale||68||Total Control Racing||+39.059s|
|16||Will Rochford||11||Total Control Racing||+54.439s|
|17||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+1m01.670s|
|18||Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+1m11.662ss|
|DNF||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+16 Laps|
|DNF||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+17 Laps|
|DNF||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+17 Laps|
|DNF||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+17 Laps|
|DNF||Ben Kasperczak||35||In2Racing||+17 Laps|
|DNF||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+17 Laps|