Josh Rowledge holds off a late charge from Joe Warhurst to win the second Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Knockhill.
The R Racing driver at one point had a lead of almost three seconds, but Warhurst was able to gradually close that gap down to 0.3s by the chequered flag.
Most of Rowledge’s gap was built as Warhurst battled at the lead of a three-car battle for second. Maurice Henry and Sonny Smith were both on Warhurst’s tail and fighting for a way past. Warhurst put up a good defence, allowing Rowledge to pull away at the front of the field.
Zac Meakin, Liam McNeilly and Will Macintyre were all able to close in onto the back of the battle for second.
The squabble between Henry and Smith for third eventually allowed Warhurst to break away from the pair. He spent the second half of the race rapidly closing the gap to Rowledge, but ran out of laps before he was close enough to attack the race leader.
Rowledge took the chequered flag 0.290s ahead of Warhurst to take his third victory of the season.
Behind them, an incident for Henry caused bodywork damage to the Fox Motorsport driver. He was forced into the pits and out of the race.
Smith was also taken out of the lead battle when a wide moment dropped him down the order.
Liam McNeilly managed to climb up into third, but he could do nothing about the gap ahead of him and would make no further progress up through the order.
Meakin took fourth ahead of Macintyre, who climbed up from 11th on the grid to led a train of drivers behind him in the closing stages of the race.
Harri Reynolds had been leading the fight for fifth, with Macintyre, Aqil Alibhai and Ian Aguilera all looking for a way past. Macintyre managed to find a way through before Reynolds was shuffled back out of the top 10. Alibhai kept the pressure on Macintyre but couldn’t find a way past his team-mate and had to settle for sixth.
Aguilera picked up seventh ahead of Luke Watts and Alisha Palmowski.
McKenzie Douglass had a dramatic race, with a few trips through the gravel, and was handed a five second penalty for exceeding track limits. However, the penalty didn’t cost the Elite Motorsport driver a position and he finished P10.
Full results to follow
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