Macintyre holds off Rowledge for Croft win

Will Macintyre wins the final Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Croft.

The Elite Motorsport driver passed pole sitter Harri Reynolds off the line and controlled the race throughout the nine lap encounter.

Josh Rowledge and Reynolds kept the pressure on Macintyre, Rowledge climbing up from fifth on the grid to second. However, Macintyre didn’t put a wheel wrong and took the chequered flag in P1.

There as drama early in the race for Joe Warhurst, who had been battling Aqil Alibhai at the tail end of the top 10. Warhurst suffered a puncture, forcing him into the pits. He came out just ahead of the leaders and spent most of the race there. Team-mate Macintyre was able to lap Warhurst late on, and Warhurst moved out of the way to let the rest of the lead battle through.

The only retirement came from Adam Brown, who ran into the barriers at the first corner late in the race. The incident was covered by double yellow flags and didn’t disrupt the race too much.

Kanto Le and Sonny Smith came home fourth and fifth after a close battle. At one point, the pair made it five for the race lead. Le spent as much time battling to keep Smith behind him as he did challenging Reynolds ahead, though, allowing the top three to slip away. Le and Smith were side by side as they entered the start finish straight for the final time, but Le just had his nose ahead and finished 0.174s ahead of Smith.

After a disappointing end to race one, Maurice Henry looked set for a strong result in race two. He qualified sixth and managed to get past Smith early on, only to lose the position later in the race. He spent the second half of the race battling to keep Luke Watts, Ian Agulera and Liam McNeilly behind him. The four drivers shuffled positions throughout the race, and it was Henry’s Fox Motorsport team-mate Liam McNeilly who came out on top. Aguilera picked up seventh ahead of Watts and Henry.

Akshay Bohra held off Zac Meakin to complete the top 10.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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