James Hedley emerged victorious after a chaotic opening race at Thruxton.
The championship leader, who hadn’t won since the Ginetta Junior’s first visit to Thruxton in May, moved into the race lead in the closing stages of the race and immediately pulled away from the rest of the field after contact took those running second and third out of contention.
Hedley started from pole, but a por get away dropped the Elite Motorsport driver to third before an early safety car bunched up the field. On the restart, Hedley was caught in the battle with Will Martin behind him and couldn’t follow Gus Burton past early race leader Lorcan Hanafin.
A small mistake from Hanafin dropped the Douglas Motorsport driver down the order and Hedley closed in on race leader Gus Burton.
Hedley found a way past Burton to take the race lead, and was able to break the tow from those behind him as Burton and Martin battled for P2. Contact between the pair knocked them both out of the race and Hedley finished almost three seconds ahead of Zak O’Sullivan in second.
Hanafin completed the podium ahead of Joel Pearson.
The safety car was called out on the second lap after James Taylor ran into trouble. The Elite Motorsport driver was left stranded sideways at the Club Chicane, partially blocking the track. As the field closed in on the incident, the field hit the brakes, catching out a number of drivers including Ben Kasperczak and Roman Bilinski.
Premiership Academy Racing’s Ben O’Hare enjoyed his best race of the season. After qualifying 11th, O’Hare took advantage of the early chaos to move up through the order. He led a train of drivers across the line, finishing 0.483s ahead of Casper Stevenson and taking his first top 10 finish of the season in P5.
Bailey Voisin and Ethan Brooks took seventh and eighth, as Ethan Hawkey and Tom Emson completed the top 10.
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|1||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||20m11.155 (11 Laps)|
|2||Zak O’Sullivan||51||R Racing||+2.803s|
|3||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+4.323s|
|4||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+5.809s|
|5||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+9.272s|
|6||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+9.755s|
|7||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+10.062s|
|8||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+10.593s|
|9||Ethan Hawkey||40||Richardson Racing||+11.114s|
|10||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+11.774s|
|11||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+11.885s|
|12||Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+13.073s|
|13||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+18.567s|
|14||Freddie Tomlinson||62||Douglas Motorsport||+19.901s|
|15||Zak Taylor||99||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+25.772s|
|16||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||+1 Lap|
|17||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+8 Laps|
|DNF||Ben Kasperczak||35||BK Racing||+10 Laps|
|DNF||Roman Bilinski||55||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+10 Laps|
|DNF||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+10 Laps|