Josh Rowledge emerges on top after a frantic final Ginetta Junior race of the weekend at Snetterton.
Rowledge was one of five drives to hold the race lead in the 20 minute race, but was able to break away from the rest of the pack in the closing laps and finished 1.891s ahead.
Kenato Le was the first driver to lead the race, holding onto P1 after starting from pole position. He had Liam McNeilly, Sonny Smith and Rowledge all close behind. Le managed to hold off McNeilly, but when Rowledge was shuffled to the lead of the chasing pack there was little he could do to hold him off.
Rowledge managed to force Le onto the outside line and Le was shuffled to the back of the pack.
Rowledge now had team-mate Sonny Smith on his tail. Like Le, he managed to hold onto P1 for a few laps, but Smith was able to force his way past and Rowledge was shuffled to the back of the group.
McNeilly briefly took a turn at the front of the order before being overtaken by the charging Will Macintyre, who had climbed up from 10th on the grid. Rowledge remained with the lead pack though and in the closing stages of the race stormed past to take P1 once more.
Now in the lead for the second time, Rowledge managed to break free from the rest of the group. Rowledge had a car-length’s gap at first, but as the battle for P2 continued he was able to break away and take his fifth win of the season.
Behind him, Macintyre managed to shake off Le, who now had a train of drivers behind him in the battle for third. He finished a comfortable P2.
Harri Reynolds, who hadn’t been in the lead fight for much of the race, came through to take third. Reynolds had been in the second pack of cars for much of the race but was able to close in on the battling leaders later on. He carefully picked his way forward and took P3 on the final lap.
McNeilly and Smith both passed Le once more late on to relegate the pole sitter to P6 by the chequered flag.
Maurice Henry was on the tail end of the leading pack for much of the race but fell away at the end as he defended against Joe Warhurst. He had a string of drivers behind him as he took the chequered flag, but held onto P7 ahead of Warhurst, Alisha Palmowski and Aqil Alibhai.
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