De Haan storms to maiden win at Knockhill

Robert de Haan stormed to his maiden Ginetta Junior victory at Knockhill.

The scholarship winner withheld pressure from Aston Millar to take the win in the third race of the weekend.

An initial strong start for de Haan, in which he jumped up from P3 to challenge for the race lead, was ultimately for nought as an accident further back brought out the red flags. Zak Meakin and Josh Miller had a heavy crash at Hislop’s, but both drivers were able to walk away afterwards.

The race was reset to the original grid, minus the two casualties. This time Millar would be able to hold off de Haan for a while and claim the race lead from pole sitter Liam McNeilly himself, but he soon had the Richardson Racing run driver back on his tail.

The two ran nose to tail until de Haan was just able to edge u the inside of Millar. Millar tried to fight back and briefly reclaimed position, only to find himself on the wrong side of the racing line and lose the position at the next corner.

There would be no breathing room for de Haan, but Millar was left with no opportunity to retake P1 and had to settle for second, 0.097s off de Haan.

De Haan would be handed a 10 second time penalty for a jump start

It was an equally intense battle for P3. Seb Hopkins managed to climb up past Callum Voisin to lead the fight for the final podium position. He had to drive defensively throughout the closing stages of the race but clung to position to finish P3.

Voisin took fourth ahead of McNeilly and Freddie Tomlinson, who joined the fight for P3 late on.

Josh Rowledge climbed up through the order to take seventh, with a relatively comfortable gap back to Joe Wheeler and James Higgins.

After a difficult race one, Maurice Henry managed to climb up to take his best result of the season in P10.

Image credit: Richardson Racing/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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