Zak O’Sullivan took victory from a red flag disrupted second Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Thruxton.
The race was halted after a multi-car crash on the opening lap, in which Lorcan Hanafin, who started second, span and was collected by a number of drivers. Five cars, including Hanafin’s, retired on the spot.
The field reformed with the original grid, Hedley on pole with O’Sullivan and James Martin making up the second row of the grid.
O’Sullivan jumped into the lead off the line, with Martin following him past Hedley. The trio ran nose to tail for a number of laps, but Martin fell backwards after a trip over the grass at the chicane.
Hedley briefly moved back into the lead, before O’Sullivan retook the position. As the championship leader fell back into the battle with Martin for second, O’Sullivan was allowed to pull away and finished 1.796s clear.
Martin took second from Hedley on the final lap to take his first non-win podium of the season.
Gus Burton and Casper Stevenson spent most of the race at the tail end of the battle for the lead. They both briefly were able to slot into the podium paying positions but fell back into a battle between themselves for fourth in the closing stages of the race.
A moment for Burton on the final lap dropped him down the order, and Stevenson finished fourth, four seconds ahead of Joel Pearson and Josh Rattican.
Ben Kasperczak finished sixth on track, ahead of Rattican, but was handed a 10 second penalty for a false start, dropping him back to 11th.
Ethan Brooks was promoted to seventh, ahead of Burton, Bailey Voisin, and James Taylor.
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|1||Zak O’Sullivan||51||R Racing||14m09.322s (9 Laps)|
|2||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||+1.796s|
|3||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+1.846s|
|4||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+2.303s|
|5||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+4.012s|
|6||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+9.438s|
|7||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+9.817s|
|8||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+10.376s|
|9||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+15.058s|
|10||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+17.574s|
|11||Ben Kasperczak||35||BK Racing||+19.079s|
|12||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+23.614s|
|13||Freddie Tomlinson||62||Douglas Motorsport||+24.500s|
|14||Ethan Hawkey||40||Richardson Racing||+26.394s|
|15||Zak Taylor||99||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+39.815s|
|16||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+48.575s|
|DNF||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+9 Laps|
|DNF||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+9 Laps|
|DNF||Roman Bilinski||55||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+9 Laps|
|DNF||Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+9 Laps|
|DNF||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+9 Laps|