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Rowledge holds off McNeilly for Knockhill win

by Bethonie Waring
A field of Ginetta Junior cars on track, with Josh Rowledge leading

Josh Rowledge holds off Liam McNeilly to win his second Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Knockhill.

Rowledge converted pole position into the victory, but was kept under pressure from McNeilly throughout the race.

Joe Warhurst held onto second off the line. He couldn’t stick with Roweledge and the pole sitter started to build a gap as McNeilly tried to find a way through. A small mistake for Warhurst allowed McNeilly to come through and snatch second.

The Fox Motorsport driver made quick qork of closing back onto the tail of Rowledge. Throughout the second half of the race, they were seperated by just a few tenths of a second. McNeilly kept the pressure on, but Rowledge would not make a mistake.

Late in the race, McNeilly was almost able to get alongside Rowledge. The two made slight contact and McNeilly was sent wide over the grass. He did not lose position but dropped off the back of the race leader.

McNeilly had closed back in by the chequered flag but didn’t get the opportunity to challenge for the victory.

Behind them was an equally close battle for third.

Will Macintyre and Zac Meakin had passed Warhurst for the position and were separated by just a few tenths of a second. The fight allowed Warhurst and Aqil Alibhai to close back in on them late on, making it a four way fight for the final podium position. Macintyre and Warhurst were side by side as they took the chequered flag, but it was Macintyre who just had his nose ahead.

Alibhai was fifth on track, but earned a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits which dropped him down the order behind Meakin.

Ian Aguilera also earned a time penalty but did not lose a position and finished P7.

It was a disappointing race for championship challenger Harri Reynolds, who was caught in the midfield battle. He made contact with Luca Hopkinson on the opening lap. Both cars were forced to come into the pits to retire.

Luke Watts and Kanto Le had also been involved in the battle at the sharp end of the field early on, only for contact between the pair to drop them backwards. Le then found himself leading a battle at the tail end of the top 10, with Sonny Smith, Maurice Henry, Adam Brown and Ella Lloyd all looking for a way through.

Smith made quick work of Le and came through to finish eighth. Henry eventually found a way past, recovering from the back of the grid to take ninth.

McKenzie Douglass rounded out the top 10 while Le finished P11.

Full results to follow

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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