Home 2019 Ginetta Junior Championship O’Sullivan takes win number two at Snetterton

O’Sullivan takes win number two at Snetterton

by Bethonie Waring

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.


PR available: Ginetta Junior Update writer Bethonie Waring is available to supply PR and communications services to Ginetta Junior drivers and racers in other selected series. Visit the PR Opportunities tab for more details

Position Name Number Team Time/Gap
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

 

You may also like

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: