Mid­dle­ton wins opener be­fore Wooder clash in race two

Ginetta Ju­nior

Motor Sport News - - BTCC Report: Thruxton - By Alex Kalin­auckas

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

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