James Hedley converted pole to victory to take a hat-trick of Ginetta Junior wins at Knockhill.
The championship leader spent most of the race defending against Zak O’Sullivan, running alongside the R Racing driver on a number of occasions. O’Sulliavn was forced onto the gravel more than once, but stayed in control of his car and kept the pressure on Hedley.
Lorcan Hanafin, who enjoyed a storming race from 12th on the grid, managed to snatch second from O’Sullivan in the closing stages of the race. He kept the pressure on Hedley while O’Sullivan battled with Gus Burton for the final podium position, but Hedley didn’t put a wheel wrong.
The championship leader finished 0.199s ahead of Hanafin, with O’Sulliavn a further 2.5s behind.
Title contender Will Martin suffered another disappointing race. The Richardson Racing driver had been making up positions before he span into the gravel late on. He managed to keep the car moving and pitted, returning to the track a lap down at the back of the order.
The result moves Hedley 78 points ahead of O’Sullivan with just two rounds remaining, with Martin a further 104 points back.
Gus Burton took fourth ahead of Ethan Hawkey.
James Taylor spent the early stages of the race leading a five way fight for what was at the time fourth. Burton and Hanafin both found a way past the Elite Motorsport driver, but he managed to keep Joel Pearson and Ethan Hawkey behind him to take sixth.
Tom Emson recovered to seventh after a wide moment over the gravel early in the race, finishing just ahead of Pearson and Ben Kasperczak, who pipped Casper Stevenson to ninth on the final lap.
Stevenson, who had been battling at the sharp end of the field early on, dropped back to 10th to brind an end to a disappointing weekend.
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|1||Lorcan Hanafin||23||Douglas Motorsport||16m44.022s (16 Laps)|
|2||Zak O’Sullivan||51||R Racing||+2.520s|
|3*||James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||+2.601s|
|4||Gus Burton||57||Douglas Motorsport||+2.886s|
|5||Ethan Hawkey||40||Richardson Racing||+3.164s|
|6||James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||+3.896s|
|7||Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||+4.459s|
|8||Joel Pearson||29||R Racing||+5.549s|
|9||Ben Kasperczak||35||BK Racing||+6.151s|
|10||Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||+7.871s|
|11||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+19.220s|
|12||Bailey Vosin||22||Douglas Motorsport||+19.489s|
|13||Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||+26.930s|
|14||Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||+27.266s|
|15||Ben O’Hare||95||Premiership Academy||+31.785s|
|16||Freddie Tomlinson||62||Douglas Motorsport||+41.902s|
|17||Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||+47.456s|
|18||Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||+50.638s|
|19||Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||+1 Lap|
*Hedley was later handed a 2.8s penalty, dropping him behind O’Sullivan