Rook­ies are Kings of the Ju­niors in Norfolk

Motor Sport News - - Rounds - By Tom Er­ring­ton

With a sea­son fixed on the ti­tle bat­tle be­tween Stu­art Mid­dle­ton and Wil­liam Tre­gurtha, there were two sur­prise vic­tors at Snetterton in rook­ies Harry King and Daniel Harper.

Mid­dle­ton was never in con­tention for vic­tory, with brake prob­lems rel­e­gat­ing him to eighth on the grid be­fore mus­ter­ing a best fin­ish of sev­enth.

Tre­gurtha en­joyed much the bet­ter week­end of the ti­tle ri­vals with two podi­ums, but he couldn’t match ei­ther of the rook­ies.

In a scrappy fi­nale, Harper went from pole po­si­tion to third place at Riches as ri­vals Dave Wooder flew past on the out­side and Tre­gurtha squeezed through the in­side for the lead.

It looked like Tre­gurtha’s race to lose, but Harper re­sponded brilliantly. He was ini­tially held up when Kyle Hornby went wide from the mid­field and joined out of posi­ton in the lead bat­tle.

From there Harper hounded the race leader, and the bat­tle for po­si­tion took a phys­i­cal turn with both bang­ing doors re­peat­edly.

While Harper dis­patched Tre­gurtha as he fell to third, the race’s phys­i­cal turn con­tin­ued.

Wooder had made an ex­cel­lent move on Tre­gurtha for sec­ond af­ter the lead bat­tle ended, but he fol­lowed it with an overly op­ti­mistic dive down the in­side at Agos­tini and col­lided with Harper.

Wooder fell away from con­tention af­ter that, but Harper held on to win on the road. But the overly phys­i­cal race kept the stew­ards busy, pe­nal­is­ing Harper down to third and warn­ing Tre­gurtha.

The post-race fall­out worked well for King, his late move up the or­der re­warded with the over­all win ahead of Tre­gurtha and Harper.

While he lost that win, Harper did score big in the week­end’s first out­ing af­ter a su­perb bat­tle. Tre­gurtha had held pole, but Harper and Wooder joined to run three wide at turn three, be­fore Harper made a move stick for the lead.

Wooder fol­lowed in sec­ond, rel­e­gat­ing Tre­gurtha to third at the flag. De­spite fail­ing to beat the rook­ies, Tre­gurtha now leads the cham­pi­onship by 25 points over Mid­dle­ton af­ter his woes.

Ginetta Ju­nior

Harper,wooder and Tre­gurtha bat­tled all week­end King se­cured maiden win af­ter Harper’s penalty

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