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Hedley: I couldn’t ask for anything better

by Bethonie Waring

Ginetta Junior championship leader James Hedley described his race two win as fantastic, after he converted pole to victory for the first time this season.

The Elite Motorsport driver topped the qualifying order for the first time this year at Thruxton, claiming pole for races one and two in Hampshire.

After a disappointing race one, in which he finished fourth, Hedley led from lights-to-flag in race three to take his third win of the season.

“It feels good,” Hedley told Ginetta Junior Update. “To win at Thruxton is amazing.

“Obviously, I was a bit disappointed I didn’t get on the podium in race one, but to win – I don’t think I could ask for anything better.

“This is the first time I’ve done it from pole to win. That’s what I want to keep doing.”

Race one at Thruxton was the first time this year Hedley, who leads the championship by 43 points, didn’t finish on the podium.

A mistake on the opening lap meant he fell back to eighth, at the back of a battling train of drivers. He picked his way back through the order to finish fourth, setting the fastest lap of the race in the process.

“Sadly, race one didn’t go my way,” he said. “I think I made some contact, went onto the grass, and dropped to eighth.

“So I worked my way back to fourth. That was alright. And obviously winning race two was just fantastic.”

With seven rounds still to go, including another visit to Thruxton in August, the title fight is still wide open, but Hedley described the early lead as a relief.

“It puts pressure on other people to do well,” he said. “[The lead] is definitely a relief.”

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