October 30, 2020

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Lebbon victorious in frantic Silverstone opener

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Tom Lebbon snatched the victory a frantic opening Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Lebbon started from third but, in typical Ginetta Junior fashion, was immediately challenging Georgi Dimitrov and Bailey Voisin for the race lead.

An incident dropped Voisin back down the order and Lebbon fell to fifth by the end of the opening lap, though he quickly rejoined the battle at the front of the field.

Dimitrov, who had had the strongest start of the field, took the race lead, but had the R Racing trio of Joel Pearson, Freddie Tomlinson and Aston Millar on his tail. Lebbon rejoined the leaders to make it a three way fight for the lead.

Pearson briefly snatched the race lead, only to run wide a few corners later and drop down the order. At the same time, contact between Lebbon and Dimitrov knocked them both out of the lead fight and Dimitrov was forced to pit with heavy damage.

William Vincent managed to avoid the drama to emerge in the race lead ahead of Tomlinson and Millar, and put up a good defence against the two R Racing drivers. Before they could put up much of a fight, though, the two team-mates made contact with one another, falling backwards.

Lebbon recovered to take third from Sebastian Hopkins and quickly closed in on Vincent as Bailey Voisin recovered after his earlier incident.

The Scholarship winner quickly took the race lead from Vincent and built a small gap to the rest of the field as Vincent defended against Voisin and Rattican.

Vincent, Voisin and Rattican ran three wide in the battle for second, with Vincent squeezed between the two R Racing drivers. He lost both positions as Voisin took second and closed the gap to Lebbon.

Lebbon held onto the lead to extend his gap at the front of the order.

Voisin finished 0.834s back in second, while Rattican picked up the final step on the podium and Vincent picked up his best result of the season in fourth.

Hopkins also made the most of the drama to finish fifth ahead of Zak Taylor, who enjoyed a strong drive up through the order after starting 17th.

Josh Miller finished seventh ahead of William Aspin and Tom Edgar, who was handed an eight place grid penalty for track limits infringements at Thruxton and during qualifying.

Millar recovered from the earlier incident to complete the top 10.

UPDATE: Tom Lebbon was handed a 10 second penalty post-race, dropping him to 11th in the overall standings and promoting Bailey Voisin to the victory.

Image courtesy of Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

Silverstone 2020 Race 1


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