Slater speeds to Silverstone victory

Freddie Slater claimed his fourth victory of the 2023 Ginetta Junior Championship in wet conditions at Silverstone. 

Ginetta Junior’s first race on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit was cut short as wet conditions made the track undrivable.  

Two safety cars disrupted running in the first race of the weekend, with the second ending in a red flag. 

The win means Slater continues his unbeaten streak and extends his lead at the top of the championship standings. 

This win didn’t come without a fight, though. Second place started Alisha Palmowski got the best start and jumped past Slater on the opening lap. Slater managed to fight back, though, and was leading the race by the end of lap one. 

Before Palmowski could fight back, the safety car was brought out for an incident furhter back. Leo Robinson, Chase Fernandez and Finn Harrison had all been caught in an incident at Stowe corner. Robinson would get going again but Fernandez and Harrison were left stranded. The tricky conditions also caught out Luca Hopkinson, who suffered a spin while running by himself. 

There were 14 minutes left on the clock when the safety car was brought in.  

Slater got a good get away and held off Palmowski. Again, there was little time for a battle to take place though before the safety car was brought out again, this time as Edu Robinson became beached at Copse. 

With the wet weather conditions worsening, the race would not be resumed. 

Slater picked up the win ahead of Palmowski and Reza Seewooruthun, who had passed Charlie Hart early in the race. 

McKenzie Douglass picked up fifth ahead of Hugo Schwarze and Charlie Spragg, who climbed up from 13th on the grid. 

Mikey Porter had a difficult first half of the race, dropping down the order to finish eighth, as Henry Joslin and Freddie Allum charged up the order to complete the top 10. 

Image credit: Ginetta/Jakob Ebrey Photography

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POS Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Freddie Slater R Racing 10m45.451s (3 Laps)
2 Alisha Palmowski Elite Motorsport +0.304s
3 Charlie Hart Elite Motorsport +0.622s
4 Reza Seewooruthun R Racing +0.789s
5 McKenzie Douglass Elite Motorsport +0.973s
6 Mikey Porter R Racing +1.613s
7 Tom Spragg Preptech UK +1.984s
8* Hugo Schwarze Elite Motorsport  
9 Henry Joslyn Preptech UK +2.253s
10 Freddie Allum Elite Motorsport +3.175s
11 Felix Livesey Xentek Motorsport +3.777s
12 Harry Moss Fox Motorsport +4.694s
13 Holly Maill Fox Motorsport +5.838s
14 Leo Robinson R Racing +5.865s
15 Brea Angliss Allastair Rushforth Motorsport +1 Lap
DNF Edu Robinson R Racing +2.944
DNF Finn Harrison Assetto Racing +3 Laps
DNF Chase Fernandez Assetto Racing +3 Laps
DSQ Luca Hopkinson R Racing  

*2 Place Penalty, gaining an unfair advantage


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