Will Martin beats Zak O’Sullivan to victory after a close battle in the final Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Thruxton.
The pair ran side by side on a number of occasions, swapping places almost every lap in the second half of the race.
O’Sullivan had the advantage off the line, leading Martin and championship leader James Hedley in the three-way battle for the lead. Hedley pulled off with an apparently mechanical problem early in the race, leaving his title rivals to battle for the win as he scored his first retirement of the year.
Martin kept the pressure on O’Sullivan, pulling alongside the R Racing driver. The pair made contact as they battled for position, with Martin briefly taking to the grass, but both were able to continue without any significant damage.
The pair were still side by side as they started the final lap, but Martin was just able to pull ahead of O’Sullivan to take the chequered flag 0.242s ahead.
It was an equally close battle for third, with Gus Burton and Lorcan Hanafin side-by-side on the final lap. Burton edged ahead of Hanafin to take third, with Casper Stevenson close behind in fifth.
Josh Rattican took sixth, ahead of Tom Emson and Ethan Hawkey, who had been battling at the sharp end of the field early in the race.
James Taylor and Bailey Voisin completed the top 10.
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|1||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||18m52.153s (12 Laps)|
|2||Zak O’Sullivan||51||R Racing||+0.242s|
|3||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||+2.848s|
|4||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+3.604s|
|5||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+3.707s|
|6||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+6.314s|
|7||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+8.505s|
|8||Ethan Hawkey||40||Richardson Racing||+8.972s|
|9||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+9.444s|
|10||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+24.514s|
|11||Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||+25.005s|
|12||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+27.927s|
|13||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+32.193s|
|14||Ben Kasperczak||35||BK Racing||+33.608s|
|15||Freddie Tomlinson||62||Douglas Motorsport||+34.234s|
|16||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+36.316s|
|17||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+42.383s|
|DNF||Zak Taylor||99||Alastair Rushford Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|DNF||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+8 Laps|