Tre­gurtha dou­ble closes ti­tle race

Motor Sport News - - Rounds - By Lewis Larkam

Wil­liam Tre­gurtha as­serted his Ginetta Ju­nior ti­tle cre­den­tials with a pair of wins at Oul­ton Park to move into a one-point cham­pi­onship lead over ri­val Stu­art Mid­dle­ton.

Tre­gurtha be­came the 13th dif­fer­ent pole­sit­ter in the last 14 qual­i­fy­ing ses­sions by claim­ing his first pole po­si­tion in the series. The HHC Mo­tor­sport driver was dom­i­nant through­out Satur­day’s open­ing race de­spite ini­tially los­ing out to Se­bas­tian Pri­aulx and Seb Perez on lap one.

Fast-starter Pri­aulx tried to jump Tre­gurtha at Old Hall but ended up on the grass and plum­meted down the order. Perez then gained the lead but a mis­take at Druids al­lowed Tre­gurtha to re­cover first and charge clear. Char­lie Fagg made it an HHC one-two with his maiden podium as Mid­dle­ton edged out Perez for third.

Tre­gurtha rounded off the week­end with a mea­sured drive in a dis­rupted sec­ond race. The con­test con­cluded be­hind the safety car af­ter Daniel Harper’s Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport Ginetta G40 came to a fiery stop fol­low­ing con­tact with Kyle Hornby at Is­land on lap four.

Record­ing a dou­ble vic­tory at the Cheshire cir­cuit has served as a good omen in pre­vi­ous sea­sons, with Seb Mor­ris (2011), Harry Wood­head (2013), Jack Mitchell (2014) and Jamie Caro­line (2015) all go­ing on to win the ti­tle.

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