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Voisin victorious in Brands opener

by Bethonie Waring
Bailey Voisin

Bailey Voisin claimed his second Ginetta Junior victory of the season after holding off rookie Tom Lebbon in the opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

The R Racing driver passed the pole sitter off the line but couldn’t shake Lebbon in the opening laps. Lebbon remained on Voisin’s tail, trying to pressure Voisin into a mistake on the opening lap.

A brief safety car period, brought out by an incident for Will Rochford, neutralised the action and brought Josh Rattican and Zak Taylor back onto the tail of the race leders, but neither would but up much of a challenge on the restart.

The top four broke away from the rest of the field before splitting into two battles as Taylor tried to get into the podium positions. Lebbon and Voisin both set fastest laps as they pulled wa from the P3 battle in the closing stages of the race.

Lebbon didn’t let off Voisin and attempted a lunge on the final lap but couldn’t make a way past.

Voisin took the victory 0.173s ahead of Lebbon, as Rattican held on to the final podium position.

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Championship leader heading into the weekend Georgi Dimitrov had suffered a difficult qualifying session, which put him seventh on the grid. He made up a position on the opening lap when Aston Millar ran wide and dropped back, but was stuck behind Freddie Tomlinson after the safety car period.

Dimitrov, William Vincent, and Tommy Pintos kept the pressure on Tomlinson on the restart, before Dimitrov was finally able to find a way through. Vincent followed him, dropping Tomlinson back to seventh.

Dimitrov spent the remainder of the race closing onto the back of the race leaders, and was able to challenge Taylor late in the race. He finished just 0.247s behind the Alistair Rushforth Racing driver and climaed P5.

Vincent took sixth ahead of Tomlinson, who held off late attacks from Pintos.

Seb Hopkins and Joel Pearson completed the top 10.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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Position Name Number Team Time/Gap
1 Bailey Voisin 22 R Racing 20m10.999s (10 Laps)
2 Tom Lebbon 34 Elite Motorsport +0.173s
3 Josh Rattican 21 R Racing +2.102s
4 Zak Taylor 99 Alastair Rushforth Motorsport +3.344s
5 Georgi Dimitrov 23 Richardson Racing +3.591s
6 William Vincent 46 Elite Motorsport +4.984s
7 Freddie Tomlinson 62 R Racing +6.806s
8 Tommy Pintos 77 Elite Motorsport +7.223s
9 Seb Hopkins 18 Elite Motorsport +10.325s
10 Joel Pearson 29 R Racing +10.490s
11 Aston Millar 70 R Racing +13.641s
12 Tom Edgar 52 Total Control Racing +14.070s
13 William Aspin 16 Elite Motorsport +14.203s
14 Josh Miller 14 Elite Motorsport +14.695s
15 Liam McNeilly 48 Fox Motorsport +25.203s
16 Will Jenkins 30 Privateer +25.375s
17 Rowan Vincent 19 Richardson Racing +28.279s
18 Trennon Bettany 41 Richardson Racing +32.234s
19 Joe Wheeler 88 Assetto Motorsport +32.986s
DNF William Rochford 11 Total Control Racing +10 laps

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