Hedley wins Knockhill race one as Martin retires

Championship leader James Hedley won the opening Ginetta Junior race at Knockhill after a mechanical problem brought an end to Will Martin’s race.

After briefly losing the lead  to Hedley at the opening corner, Martin reclaimed the lead before the end of the lap. For the next few laps, the Richardson Racing driver was untouchable, extending a gap over the rest of the field while Hedley battled with Zak O’Sullivan for second.

But a mechanical problem meant Hedley lost control of his car and he ran into the gravel at Clarks.

O’Sullivan kept Hedley under pressure, pulling alongside the championship leader multiple times before a lock up at the hairpin dropped him backwards. Casper Stevenson slipped through and immedietly took the fight to Hedley while O’Sullivan joined Gus Burton and James Taylor in the battle for third.

Hedley held off Stevenson and managed to pulla way to finish 1.480 s ahead of the rookie.

Burton crossed the line third, but dropped back down the order after a 10 second penalty for a jump start. O’Sullivan was promoted to the podium ahead of Taylor.

Ben Kasperczak took fifth after a close battle with Lorcan Hanafin and Joel Pearson, picking up his first rookie podium of the championship.

Ethan Brooks, Josh Rattican, and Burton completed the top 10.

Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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Position Name Number Team Time/Gap
1 James Hedley 67 Elite Motorsport 12m31.158s
2 Casper Stevenson 25 Richardson Racing +1.480s
3 Zak O’Sullivan 51 R Racing +3.120s
4 James Taylor 66 Richardson Racing +3.377s
5 Ben Kasperczak 35 BK Racing +9.224s
6 Joel Pearson 29 R Racing +9.281s
7 Lorcan Hanafin 23 Douglas Motorsport +9.330s
8 Ethan Brooks 86 Total Control Racing +12.314s
9 Josh Rattican 21 R Racing +12.502s
10 Gus Burton 57 Douglas Motorsport +12.838s
11 Bailey Vosin 22 Douglas Motorsport +16.750s
12 Haytham Qarajouli 75 Total Control Racing +19.122s
13 Frankie Taylor 32 SVG Motorsport +22.750s
14 Tom Emson 27 Elite Motorsport +30.275s
15 Freddie Tomlinson 62 Douglas Motorsport +30.793s
16 Ben O’Hare 95 Premiership Academy +40.030s
17 Molly Dodd 47 Premiership Academy +50.019s
DNF Ethan Hawkey 40 Richardson Racing +2 Laps
DNF Will Martin 10 Richardson Racing +7 Laps


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