Robert de Haan claimed his maiden Ginetta Junior victory from the opening race of the weekend at Thruxton.
The Richardson Racing driver charged through from seventh on the grid to take the win, battling wheel to wheel with proven race winner Callum Voisin on his way to the front of the order.
De Haan had only managed to take one position on the opening lap, but was soon up to speed and picking off drivers as he charged forward.
Voisin, who had started on pole, had no chance to break away from the rest of the field before de Haan was on his tail and then alongside him.
De Haan made the move stick to take the race lead and would not be dethroned from then on. He also wouldn’t be able to escape down the road, though, as the top seven were all running together, with positions further back swapping hands every corner.
An incident further back took Voisin and Freddie Tomlinson out of the fight, leaving de Haan to defend against Liam McNeilly, Will Jenkins, Aston Millar and Seb Hopkins.
None would make it past, though Jenkins pushed hard after passing McNeilly on the final lap. He would finish just 0.286s behind the Scholarship winner.
McNeilly took third ahead of Hopkins and Millar, who was briefly overtaken by Aqil Alibhai, but managed to get the position back.
Joe Warhurst took his best finish of the season in P7, ahead of Joe Wheeler.
Voisin and Max Dodds completed the top 10. Voisin would later be handed a 21 second penalty for gaining an unfair advantage earlier in the race. He dropped to P22 and Fergus Chalmers was promoted into the top 10.
Image credit: Richardson Racing/Jakob Ebrey Photography
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