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Smith converts pole to maiden win in Croft opener

by Bethonie Waring
Side view of Sonny Smith on track

Sonny Smith takes his maiden Ginetta Junior victory in an incident filled opening race at Croft.

The race ended with a dramatic collision for Josh Rowledge after he was forced wide.

Smith, who started on pole, was shuffled backwards early in the race as Will Macintyre, Rowledge, and Harri Reynolds came through.

Joe Warhurst and Maurice Henry soon joined the fight, but Warhurst was shuffled backwards. That drop down the order was only made worse when Henry made contact with Smith, tipping Smith into Warhurst, but all drivers were able to continue.

Through much of the second half of the race it was a four-way fight for the lead. Macintyre moved into the top spot as Rowledge, Reynolds and Henry fought for the remainder of the top three positions.

Earlier contact had left Henry with a damaged bonnet and he lost pace, allowing Smith to join the fight. Henry was eventually shuffled back and Smith took his place in the fight.

Macintyre was reeled back in in the final laps. Rowledge attempted a move up the inside, with Smith and Reynolds following him through, but the positions didn’t stay static for long. Rowledge was forced wide and came spinning back onto the track at the end of the final lap. Henry was caught up in the incident, taking them both out of the race.

Smith came through to take the victory, 0.919s ahead of Macintyre with Reynolds completing the podium.

Luke Watts spent much of the race battling to stay at the front of the second pack. He and Aqil Alibahi briefly changed position but Watts came through to take fourth just 0.051s ahead of Liam McNeilly.

Alibai beat Ian Aguilera to seventh ahead of Kanto Le who was fighting at the front early on but dropped backwards after a wide moment.

Akshay Bohra and a recovering Warhurst completed the top 10.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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Croft 2022 - Race 1

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