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McNeilly takes championship lead with Oulton Park victory

by Bethonie Waring

Liam McNeilly moves into the championship lead with his second Ginetta Junior win of the season at Oulton Park.

The Fox Motorsport driver came up from eighth on the grid to take the victory in a disrupted race, which was paused halfway through due to an incident further back in the pack.

Pole sitter Josh Rowledge got a good get away as Max Dodds climbed up to second. Dodds wouldn’t have the position for long, though, as Voisin managed to squeeze past and Aston Millar and Josh Miller followed through.

As the three R Racing drivers battled for position, Rowledge had a bit of breathing room at the front of the order. Before he could build up a gap, and off for Zak Meakin further down the order brought out the safety car. Meakin was able to walk away from the crash but barrier repairs meant the race was red flagged.

The field lined up on the grid once more. McNeilly had mde a strong start to climb up to sixth in the first half of the opening lap, then slipped past Millar and Harri Reynolds just before the safety car was brought out.

The Fox Motorsport driver was immedietly on the move when racing resumed with four laps remaining. He swept past Miller into third and closed onto the back of Voisin, who had retained P2.

A small mistake allowed McNeilly to get alongside Voisin and with the R Racing driver off line McNeilly was able to lead Miller and Millar back through.

There was little Rowledge could do to stop McNeilly’s charge and he tumbled down to fourth, though closed the door before Freddie Tomlinson could come through.

Miller and Millar kept the pressure on McNeilly in the closing stages of the race. McNeilly defended well, and any attempted move from Miller would allow Millar to get alongside.

McNeilly finished 0.223s ahead of Miller, who himself was just 0.146s ahead of Millar.

Rowledge had attempted to find a way past Millar late on but had to settle for fourth, ahead of Tomlinson and Reynolds.

Voisin struggled to keep the pace in the second half of the race and a wide moment dropped him further down the order. He fell back to ninth on the final lap, behind championship contenders Will Jenkins and Seb Hopkins.

After his strong start of the race, a spin for Dodds dropped him down to the back of the field. Robert De Haan and Jacob Hodkiss had also been on for a strong finish only for an incident to send them both spinning to the back of the pack.

Jamie Osbourne would come through to take 10th, while Maurice Henry put in a strong recovery drive to finish P11.

Image credit: Fox Motorsport /Jakob Ebrey Photography

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Oulton Park 2021 Race 1

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