Rowledge holds off Macintyre for Thruxton win

Josh Rowledge held off Will Macintyre to win the opening Ginetta Junior race of the weekend by just a tenth of a second.

The pair had spent the entire race battling for the victory. Rowledge had briefly held the lead in the first half of the race only for Macintyre to come back the following corner and reclaim the position.

The R Racing driver again moved into the lead after a mid-race safety car but was unable to shake the pole sitter. Macintyre fought hard to1 find a way back past Rowledge and they were almost side by side for much of the final lap. 1

Macintyre was almost able to get his nose ahead at the final chicane but Rowledge held on to finish exactly 0.100s ahead of the Elite Motorsport driver.

Championship leader Harri Reynolds climbed up to fourth, just missing out on a podium position.

The top two had a good gap at the front of the order after multiple incidents in the battle for P3.

Joe Warhurst had held the position in the first part of the race, with Aqil Alibhai and Ian Aguilera close behind. Aguilera was trying to make a move past Alibhai when he made slight contact with the back of Warhurst’s car, sending Warhurst into a spin. Kanto Le was collected in the incident and suffered significant damage to the front of his Ginetta.

The safety car was brought out for the incident, bringing Alibhai and Aguilera onto the race leaders’ tail. That wouldn’t last long as the two made contact and Aguilera was sent into a spin. The fight for P3 wouldn’t be close to the leaders for the remainder of the race.

A changign Harri Reynolds joined the fight for third. For most of the second half of the race, it was a three way battle for position between Reynolds, Alibhai and Sonny Smith. The trio swapped positions multiple times but it was Alibhai in the lead of the battle when the chequered flag fell. Reynolds took fourth ahead of Sonny Smith, who climbed up from the tail end of the grid.

Luke Watts picked up sixth ahead of Mckenzie Douglass.

Liam McNeilly had been on for a strong result and was running close to the battle for third when an incident forced him to pit with damage to the front end of his car. Instead, the leading Fox Motorsport driver would be Maurice Henry, who came home to finish eighth ahead of team-mate Jacob Hodgkiss and Preptech’s Fergus Chalmers.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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