Elite Motorsport’s James Hedley was left frustrated by a penalty that cut into his Ginetta Junior championship lead.
The points leader was handed a five-place grid penalty after the second race of the weekend at Snetterton, where he finished a close second behind title rival Will Martin.
The penalty was accompanied by a deduction of nine championship points.
With his title rivals each winning two races at the Norfolk track, Hedley’s championship lead was cut from 95 points to 74 in just one weekend.
“In race two, Will [Martin] just had one of those starts where it’s unbelievable,” he explained to Ginetta Junior Update. “He was so quick it was a struggle to catch up with him, let alone overtake him. I settled for second.
“And I was really angry that I got a penalty in that race as well.
“[Zak O’Sullivan and Martin] are closing in [in the championship fight] a little bit, which was why I was frustrated about the penalty as well, because it meant I got nine championship points deducted.
“I still have a good lead, but there’s a lot to play for.”
After a poor qualifying, and with the five place grid penalty, Martin started the third race of the weekend from 17th on the grid, but put in a stunning performance to finish on the podium.
Race winner O’Sullivan wasn’t surprised to see his title rival on the podium with him, but Hedley admitted he hadn’t expected the result.
“My aim was to get into the top five and when I saw P5 on the board I thought ‘yes, this is going to be a good result’,” he said.
“The guys were quite far in front and I didn’t think I was going to catch them. Then they started battling and I caught them. When I overtook them, the gap between me and second place was just huge.
“I was never going to catch them, so I thought I’d try to get some clean air and settle for third.
“It was a super good race, P17 to third. I could be happier but, given the circumstances, it’s a brilliant result.”
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