Harri Reynolds becomes the first double Ginetta Junior race winner of the season after a lights-to-flag victory at Donington Park.
The Assetto Motorsport driver got a storming drive off the line but was reeled in by Joe Warhurst in the closing stages of the race. Reynolds managed to hold off a late challenge from Warhurst to take his second win of the season.
Reynolds held the lead from Josh Rowledge off the line and was able to pull away a small gap when Rowledge was joined in battle by Warhurst.
Warhurst made quick work of Rowledge and briefly pulled away from the R Racing driver to challenge for the lead, but was soon pulled back into the fight with Rowledge.
While Warhurst led a train of half a dozen cars, Reynolds gradually built a gap of more than four seconds at the front of the field.
Rowledge was shuffled further back, and eventually Warhurst and Will Macintyre were able to break free from the pack.
Through the second half of the race, Warhurst gradually closed in on Reynolds until they were racing nose to tail with less than a minute on the clock. Warhurst tried multiple times to get alongside Reynolds. An attempted move around the outside on the final lap almost put Warhurst into the race lead, but Reynolds was able to fight back up on the inside and took the win just 0.478s ahead.
Macintyre finished third on track, but a five second penalty for track limits dropped him back to P4.
Rowledge put up a good defence in fourth for much of the race. A seven car queue formed behind the race one winner, lead by Liam McNeilly and Aqil Alibhai. Rowledge and McNeilly were able to break away slightly while Alibhai battled with Chalmers. The two made some ground towards the race leaders before battling again, but McNeilly was not able to find a way through and Rowledge finished fourth on track, promoted to third by Macintyre’s penalty.
McNeilly took fifth, ahead of Fergus Chalmers, who spent the latter stages of the race battling for position with Sonny Smith. Smith started from the tail end of the grid after a difficult race two to finish seventh overall.
It was a relatively incident free race for the most part, with only local yellows disrupting running. A spin for Luke Watts left him in the gravel and took him out of the race early on. Akshay Bohra and Alisha Palmowski also ran into trouble when contact sent them into the gravel on the penultimate lap. Bohra was able to get going again and returned to the pits, but Palmowski was left stranded on at the side of the track.
The final incident came just outside the top 10 when Adam Brown ran wide on the final lap while battling with Jacob Hodgkiss and James Wyres. He hit one of the track markers and was sent into a spin.
Just ahead of them, Kanto Le came home to take eighth, ahead of Maurice Henry and Ian Aguleria.
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