Mid­dle­ton on top af­ter fran­tic con­tests

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“It’s been an awe­some week­end – the sec­ond race was one of the most in­tense races I’ve ever com­peted in,” en­thused Stu­art Mid­dle­ton af­ter he emerged from a typ­i­cally fran­tic Ginetta Ju­nior meet­ing with the points lead.

The Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport driver fol­lowed up his sec­ond place in race one with vic­tory in the fi­nal event, but the two con­tests con­tained markedly dif­fer­ent bat­tles for first place.

In race one, Mid­dle­ton, Dave Wooder and Wil­liam Tre­gurtha en­gaged in a three-way fight for the win through­out the 15-lap en­counter. Mid­dle­ton se­cured pole but briefly lost out to Tre­gurtha.

But the HHC Mo­tor­sport driver was de­moted to third just two laps later as Mid­dle­ton slipped back into the lead at Pad­dock and Wooder got past at Druids.

Wooder grabbed the lead with a bold move at Clear­ways that shuf­fled Mid­dle­ton back­wards just be­fore a safety car to re­cover Char­lie Fagg from the gravel.

At the restart, Tre­gurtha seized the lead with a dra­matic lunge on Wooder at Druids and held on to win from Mid­dle­ton, who edged Wooder into third at Pad­dock on lap 12.

In the sec­ond con­test, Mid­dle­ton took the lead from sec­ond on the grid and mounted a race-long rear-guard ac­tion that forced him to “do about six things at once”.

Wooder, who had also passed pole­sit­ter Tre­gurtha on lap one, made sev­eral at­tempts to over­take but had to set­tle for sec­ond.

On the last lap, Lewis Brown grabbed the fi­nal podium spot, hav­ing risen from 14th on the grid, as he seized his chance at the last cor­ner when Tre­gurtha pushed Cameron Roberts wide and held on dur­ing the run to the line.

1 Cam­mish 40; 2 Zam­par­elli 40; 3 Sharp 28; 4 Jel­ley 26; 5 Oliphant 26; 6 East­wood 24.

1 Wil­liam Tre­gurtha (HHC Mo­tor­sport) 15m47.629s (68.83mph); 2 Stu­art Mid­dle­ton (Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport) +0.767s; 3 Dave Wooder (TCR); 4 Max Bird (TCR); 5 Tom Gam­ble (HHC Mo­tor­sport); 6 Cameron Roberts (JHR De­vel­op­ments). FL Mid­dle­ton 56.610s (76.81mph). P Mid­dle­ton. S 22.

1 Mid­dle­ton 13m35.244s (74.67mph); 2 Wooder +0.133s; 3 Lewis Brown (HHC Mo­tor­sport); 4 Roberts; 5 Tre­gurtha; 6 Daniel Harper (Dou­glas). FL Brown 56.838s (76.50mph). P Tre­gurtha. S 22.

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