De Haan wins Silverstone opener

Robert de Haan takes his second consecutive win with a victory in the opening Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Silverstone.

De Haan came under pressure from Will Jenkins on the final lap, but held onto the position to pick up his third win of the season.

Sebastian Hopkins took the race lead from pole sitter Aston Millar off the line, with de Haan close behind. Millar attempted to attack and defend at the same time, but couldn’t hold onto the position as de Haan stormed through to the lead of the group.

While an off track moment sent Millar tumbling down the order, de Haan was able to build a comfortable gap to the rest of the group.

Five drivers were in the pack battling for P2 while de Haan extended a lead of almost 1.5s.

Jenkins held the lead of the battle for second, and was briefly able to edge away from his rivals, only to be reeled back in.

On the final lap, Jenkins led the charge to close the gap to de Haan. He attempted a lunge past the race leader but couldn’t quite make the move stick.

De Haan took the victory 0.153s ahead of Jenkins with Hopkins in P3.

Jamie Osbourne was on for his best result of the season. He spent most of the race inside the top five and was fighting for position when a spin at the last corner on the final lap dropped him down the order.

Fox Motorsport’s Maurice Henry also had a strong first half to the race but faded backwards late on.

Millar recovered from the wide moment early on to take fourth, ahead of Joe Warhurst, who picked up his first top five finish of the season.

Liam McNeilly dropped back to sixth after a good start, finishing just ahead of Josh Miller and Harri Reynolds.

Freddie Tomlinson took the fastest lap of the race on his way to P9, while Ian Aguilera rounded out the top 10.

Image credit: Richardson Racing/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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