Dimitrov wins frantic Donington finale ahead of Pearson

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.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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Position Name Number Team Time/Gap
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
13 Will Jenkins 30 Privateer +17.279s
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

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