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Macintyre holds off McNeilly in Snetterton photo finish

by Bethonie Waring
Macintyre and McNeilly are side by side in their Ginetta Junior cars as they pass under a man waving the chequered flag

Will Macintyre closed the gap to Josh Rowledge in the championship standings with a victory in the opening Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Snetterton.

Macintyre just managed to hold off pole sitter Liam McNeilly to take his third victory of the season.

They were joined on the podium by Harri Reynolds.

McNeilly held the lead off the line while Macintyre swept past Sonny Smith for second. Kanato Le followed him through to make it a three-way battle for the lead.

Macintyre found a way past McNeilly not long after. When McNeilly tried to find a way back past, Le took advantage of him being out of position to come through and snatch second.

Smith and Reynolds made it a five way fight for position. Le and Reyndolds both briefly held the race lead before Macintyre came back through. McNeilly, who at one point dropped down to fifth after a bad exit at the final corner, stormed back through to second while an incident between Le and Smith sent them plummeting down the grid.

Macintyre, Reynolds and McNeilly continued to battle for position until the final lap. Macintyre seemed to have the race won as they approached the start-finish line, but McNeilly was able to pull alongside him on the race to the chequered flag. They were separated by just 0.042s as they crossed the line, but it was Macintyre ahead.

Reynolds had to settle for third ahead of Joe Warhurst and Aqil Alibi, who were promoted up to fourth and fifth after the incident for Le and Smith.

Championship leader Josh Rowledge came through to take sixth.

It was an up and down race for championship newcomer Freddie Slater. He jumped up to sixth on the opening lap, then fell backwards as the race got underway. He managed to climb back up to finish seventh and second in the rookie standings.

McKenzie Douglass took eighth ahead of the recovering Le and Zac Meakin.

Maurice Henry and Adam Brown had been battling at the tail end of the top 10, but an incident on the final lap knocked both drivers and Luke Watts out of the race.

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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