Georgi Dimitrov became the first double winner of the 2020 Ginetta Junior season after a frantic battle with Joel Pearson in race three at Donington Park.
Dimitrov was kept under pressure throughout the race, first from fellow front row started Tom Lebbon and later from R Racing’s Pearson.
Pearson took the lead a little before the midpoint of the race, with team-mates Aston Millar and Freddie Tomlinson close behind and battling to follow him through.
Dimitrov managed to shut the door and stuck close to Pearson. As Zak Taylor battled through to P3, Pearson and Dimitrov were able to pull a small gap to the rest of the field and were free to swap positions at the top of the order.
The race lead swapped hands multiple times but Dimitrov was finally able to get ahead in the closing stages of the race.
As another gaggle of cars joined Pearson in the battle for the podium positions, Dimitrov was given a little breathing room and finished 2 seconds ahead of Pearson.
Pearson held off attacks from Bailey Voisin and Taylor to take second.
Voisin had a stunning drive from the back of the grid after a technical problem brought an early end to his second race of the season. By the closing stages of the race, he had climbed up into the lead battle and passed Taylor for a spot on the podium.
As Voisin and Taylor battled for position, a wide moment sent the R Racing driver throught the gravel and Taylor came home to finish P3.
Aston Millar led a train of cars in the second half of the race but managed to shake them off. The R Racing rookie set the fastest lap of the race in an effort to close in on the battle for the final podium position, but a five second penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him to fifth.
Tommy Pintos was promoted into fourth, ahead of Millar, Voisin, and Tomlinson.
A safety car period disrupted running early in the race when Rowan Vincent ran into the gravel. He managed to get back to the pits with help from marshals and rejoined the race to finish a lap down.
Tom Edgar steered clear of most of the drama to finish eighth ahead of Lebbon, who also dropped back due to a five second penalty. William Aspin completed the top 10.
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|1||Georgi Dimitrov||23||Richardson Racing||19m49.102s (13 Laps)|
|2||Joel Pearson||29||R Racing||+2.045s|
|3||Zak Taylor||99||Alastair Rushforth Motorsport||+2.930s|
|4||Tommy Pintos||77||Elite Motorsport||+4.851s|
|5||Aston Millar||70||R Racing||+8.631s|
|6||Bailey Voisin||22||R Racing||+10.288s|
|7||Freddie Tomlinson||62||R Racing||+10.564s|
|8||Tom Edgar||52||Total Control Racing||+11.296s|
|9||Tom Lebbon||34||Elite Motorsport||+12.584s|
|10||William Aspin||16||Elite Motorsport||+16.692s|
|11||Seb Hopkins||18||Elite Motorsport||+16.801s|
|12||Liam McNeilly||48||Fox Motorsport||+17.010s|
|14||Trennon Bettany||41||Richardson Racing||+17.913s|
|15||Josh Rattican||21||R Racing||+21.273s|
|16||Joe Wheeler||88||Assetto Motorsport||+33.279s|
|17||William Vincent||46||Elite Motorsport||+41.420s|
|18||Rowan Vincent||19||Richardson Racing||+1 Lap|
|DNF||Josh Miller||14||Elite Motorsport||+6 Laps|
|DNF||William Rochford||11||Total Control Racing||+8 Laps|