Middleton wins opener before Wooder clash in race two
The two Ginetta Junior races at Thruxton both featured tight battles for the victory, but championship leader Stuart Middleton suffered contrasting fortunes in each.
In race one, Middleton grabbed the lead from polesitter Seb Perez, who was relegated to third by Will Tregurtha at the start of lap two before being hit with a drivethrough penalty for a jump start.
Middleton and Tregurtha escaped at the front as the chasing pack squabbled over third, with Dave Wooder seizing the place on lap six and staying there until the finish.
Up front, Middleton and Tregurtha regularly switched places and, on the final tour, they raced side-by-side from Church to Club. Perfect judgment from both prevented disaster, with Middleton emerging victorious.
In race two, Tregurtha briefly took the lead from Middleton before a crash that eliminated Perez and Max Bird brought out the safety car.
After the restart on lap four, Wooder and Lewis Brown clashed at Cobb as they fought over third, while Tregurtha bested Middleton at Goodwood. Wooder then joined that fight and he passed Middleton for second on the exit of Church a lap later.
The lead changed hands several times before Middleton attempted to go around the outside of Wooder for second at Goodwood. Middleton was aggressively forced wide and onto the grass by the TCR driver, who was later given five points on his licence and docked 15 championship points for the move, and the clash with Brown.
Wooder passed Tregurtha for a final time at Cobb on lap eight and held on to take his first win in the series. Sebastian Priaulx claimed his first podium in third after some fine defensive driving on the final lap.
When asked for his response to the incident with Middleton, Wooder merely replied: “All the competitors gave me a tough race and well done to them.”
Despite finishing ninth in race two, Middleton maintains the championship lead by 15 points. His closest rival is Tregurtha as Wooder’s penalty dropped the TCR man to third.
Middleton and Tregurtha battled hard for race one win Wooder won race two after incident- filled weekend