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O’Sullivan storms to maiden Ginetta Junior victory

by Bethonie Waring

Zak O’Sullivan claimed his maiden Ginetta Junior victory with a commanding drive around the Snetterton 300 circuit.

O’Sullivan led from lights to flag and, after a strong opening lap, was unchallenged throughout the race.

The R Racing driver continued to set fast laps throughout the race, eventually pulling more than five seconds ahead of Casper Stevenson in second.

O’Sullivan had already claimed six podiums, including a string of second place finishes between DOnington Park and Thruxton, and a number of rookie victories, but this was the first time the 14-year-old stood on the top step of the overall podium.

Championship leader James Hedley faced a difficult race when a poor qualifying and five place grid penalty put him 17th on the 25 car grid.

A fast starter, Hedley was already inside the top 10 by the end of the opening lap. A spin for Tom Emson, who had been battling for third, promoted him to fifth, behind R Racing’s Josh Rattican.

Rattican defended well, but Hedley soon found a way past and rapidly closed the gap to Gus Burton and Roman Bilinski. Burton and Bilinski were running nose to tail when Hedley reached the duo. A wide moment at Bomb Hole allowed Hedley to snatch fourth from Bilisnki, before a move around the outside at the end of the Bently straight put him on the podium.

With only a handful of laps left, Hedley had no opportunity to close the gap to Stevenson, settling for third.

The battle continued behind him, with Burton, Bilisnki, Rattican, and Will Martin fighting for position. A five second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped Bilinski out of the fight, putting him seventh on the corrected timings.

Burton finished fourth, ahead of Martin, who started from 18th on the grid, and Rattican.

Ben Kasperczak took his best result of the season in P9, with scholarship winner Ethan Brooks completing the top 10.

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Position Name Number Team Time/Gap
1 Zak O’Sullivan 51 R Racing 21m16.164s (9 Laps)
2 Casper Stevenson 25 Richardson Racing +5.438s
3 James Hedley 67 Elite Motorsport +10.851s
4 Gus Burton 57 Douglas Motorsport +12.855s
5 Will Martin 10 Richardson Racing +13.254s
6 Josh Rattican 21 R Racing +15.168s
7 Roman Bilinski 55 Alastair Rushford Motorsport +19.321s
8 Ben Kasperczak 35 BK Racing +21.381s
9 James Taylor 66 Richardson Racing +29.426s
10 Ethan Brooks 86 Total Control Racing +30.065s
11 Ethan Hawkey 40 Richardson Racing +30.133s
12 Ben O’Hare 95 Premiership Academy +40.015s
13 Tom Emson 27 Elite Motorsport +41.057s
14 Joel Pearson 29 Elite Motorsport +44.324s
15 Tom Ward 17 Elite Motorsport +48.620s
16 Frankie Taylor 32 SVG Motorsport +49.704s
17 Freddie Tomlinson 62 Douglas Motorsport +50.282s
18 Bailey Vosin 22 Douglas Motorsport +55.959s
19 Haytham Qarajouli 75 Total Control Racing +1m06.210s
20 Molly Dodd 47 Premiership Academy +1m10.834s
DNF Aston Millar 70 R Racing +7 Laps
DNF Lorcan Hanafin 23 Douglas Motorsport +7 Laps
DNF William Aspin 16 Elite Motorsport +7 Laps

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