Will Martin took a dominant victory in the opening Ginetta Junior race at Thruxton.
The Richardson Racing driver spent the first half of the race battling the fast starting Ethan Hawkey. Hawkey, who started seventh, put up a good defence, but Martin found a way through and quickly pulled away from the Total Control Racing driver as Hawkey was pulled into a battle for second.
Martin would be unchallenged throughout the second half of the race and finish more than six seconds ahead of the battle for P2.
At least five drivers occupied second throughout the race. Hawkey initially came under pressure from James Taylor, but was soon joined by Lorcan Hanafin and Zak O’Sullivan. The four drivers swapped place on numerous occasions, with Hawkey, O’Sullivan, and Hanafin eventually breaking away to make it a three-way fight.
With positions changing on every lap, it came down to who had the advantage on the final circuit. Zak O’Sullivan slipped ahead of Hawkey to take second at the chequered flag, just eight tenths of a second ahead of the man who led much of the race.
Pole sitter James Hedley fell back to eighth on the end of lap one, and spent the rest of the race in the train of cars battling for the mid-top-10, with championship rival Taylor often at the lead of the train.
Hedley slowly climbed back up the order, picking off drivers until he could get to the front of the train. Once in clear air, Hedley rapidly closed the gap to the battle for the podium positions, putting Lorcan Hanafin under pressure in the closing stages of the race.
With the fastest lap of the race, Hedley took fourth, ahead of Gus Burton and Lorcan Hanafin.
Tom Emson finished seventh, with Josh Rattican, Harry Dyson and Casper Stevenson rounding out the top 10.
Taylor fell back to 12th after a mistake in the closing stages of the race.
|1||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||18m45.179s (12 Laps)|
|2||Zak O’Sullivan||51||Douglas Motorsport||+6.398s|
|3||Ethan Hawkey||40||Total Control Racing||+7.209s|
|4||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+9.509s|
|5||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+9.857s|
|6||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+10.066s|
|7||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+10.476s|
|8||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing/In2Racing||+12.637s|
|9||Harry Dyson||20||Premiership Academy||+12.784s|
|10||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+13.141s|
|11||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+13.420s|
|12||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+15.523s|
|14||Theo Edgerton||54||Total Control Racing||+22.751s|
|15||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+32.934s|
|16||Daniel Gale||68||Total Control Racing||+35.256s|
|17||Will Rochford||11||Total Control Racing||+35.702s|
|18||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+37.162s|
|19||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+54.874s|
|20||HaythamQarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+56.467s|
|23||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Freddie Tomlinson||62||In2Racing||+2 laps|