Zak O’Sullivan claimed win number two ahead of championship leader James Hedley in the final Ginetta Junior race of the weekend.
After taking his first win of the season in the morning, O’Sullivan started from pole for race four at Snetterton, but soon fell behind Richardson Racing’s Casper Stevenson. The pole-sitter stayed on Stevenson’s tail and retook the lead the following lap as Will Martin joined the battle at the front of the field.
Contact with Martin sent Stevenson into a spin at the final turn of lap three and the Richardson Racing driver plummeted down the order, rejoining the field in 22nd.
Martin chased after O’Sullivan and was only a handful of seconds behind the race leader when he was hit with a five second penalty for exceeding track limits two laps before the chequered flag.
With Martin dropping back to fourth on the times, O’Sullivan was more than five seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Elite Motorsport’s Hedley. The championship leader couldn’t close the gap on the final lap, and O’Sullivan finished almost six seconds clear of the rest of the field.
Roman Bilinski, who had climbed up from seventh on the grid, took the final podium position as Martin dropped back to fourth on the corrected times.
The win puts O’Sullivan 20 points clear of Martin in the championship standings, but still more than 70 points behind Hedley.
Josh Rattican ended the race fifth ahead of a three-car fight for sixth.
Ethan Hawkey, Gus Burton, and Ben Kasperczak spent the closing stages of the race running nose to tail for position. Hawkey was leading the battle heading into the final lap but, with wingmirrors only bumped a few times, Burton managed to find a way through to take sixth.
Hawkey held onto seventh, with Kasperczak taking his second eighth place finish of the weekend.
Tom Emson was briefly part of the battle for sixth, but dropped to the back of the fight and came under pressure from Joel Pearson. The Elite Motorsport driver ran over the kerbs after going side by side with Pearson and was forced to pit with a mechanical problem.
Pearson and Lorcan Hanafin completed the top 10.
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|1||Zak O’Sullivan||51||R Racing||21m20.039s (9 Laps)|
|2||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+5.922|
|3||Roman Bilinski||55||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+6.746|
|4||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||+9.230|
|5||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+15.976|
|6||Ethan Hawkey||40||Richardson Racing||+18.340|
|7||Ben Kasperczak||35||BK Racing||+18.473|
|8||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+19.451|
|9||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+20.334|
|10||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+20.521|
|11||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+24.645|
|12||Aston Millar||70||R Racing||+24.713|
|13||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+24.893|
|14||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+27.228|
|15||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+33.369|
|16||Tom Ward||17||Elite Motorsport||+33.995|
|17||Freddie Tomlinson||62||Douglas Motorsport||+44.872|
|18||William Aspin||16||Elite Motorsport||+45.569|
|19||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+54.359|
|20||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+56.542|
|21||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+1m33.118|
|DNF||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+3 Laps|
|DNF||Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+3 Laps|