PRIAULX JR CLAIMS GINETTA JR TI­TLE

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Se­bas­tian Priaulx swept aside ti­tle ri­val and early points leader Dave Wooder with a brace of wins at Brands Hatch last Sun­day to clinch the Ginetta Ju­nior Win­ter Series crown.

Priaulx was thwarted by Wooder’s back-to-back vic­to­ries on the Satur­day, and was only able to fol­low him across the line twice as he ended the first day be­hind in the points.

Wooder starred in the opener to win ahead of Priaulx af­ter ad­vanc­ing from fourth and re­peated that feat in race two. He started from pole the sec­ond time and was in­stead forced to de­fend con­tin­u­ally from Priaulx (who briefly led on the open­ing lap) un­til a red flag, for a beached Char­lie Digby at Clark Curve, sealed the re­sult.

But what a dif­fer­ence a day makes. Wooder’s ti­tle ri­val ar­rived on the Sun­day and stormed to pole, which proved to be cru­cial. Priaulx led from lights to flag in race three, while Wooder’s sec­ond row start meant he was em­broiled in a mid­field bat­tle and even­tu­ally came home third.

That left the pair level on points go­ing into the fi­nal race, but a re­peat of their race three fin­ish­ing po­si­tions – with Priaulx again lead­ing from start to fin­ish and Wooder third – handed JHR man Priaulx the ti­tle.

Dark­ness then fell on the Indy cir­cuit as the Brit­car En­durance field came out for the head­lin­ing three-hour race to close the Brands Hatch sea­son su­perbly. A chaotic event fea­tured sev­eral safety cars and offs for the driv­ers, re­ward­ing those who stayed clear of in­ci­dents – in­clud­ing Phil Han­son and Nigel Moore, who sealed the ti­tle in their Audi R8 by one point.

It could have been even sweeter af­ter Moore stepped into the Audi and hounded Javier Mor­cillo’s Mosler across the fi­nal min­utes, but he fell short of mak­ing a pass. Mor­cillo in­stead sealed vic­tory for him­self and Manuel Cin­trano ahead of the Tock­with Audi, with Ian Law­son and Kevin Clarke (BMW Z4) a lonely third.

The Brit­car GT & Pro­duc­tion fi­nale took place in the first hour of the En­duro, but with most of its grid opt­ing to do the full three hours, there were few con­tenders. Peter Row­bot­tom (Fer­rari 458 Chal­lenge) won, top­ping Rob Young/neil Garn­ham and Ol­lie Withing­ton and Martin Par­sons.

Satur­day’s opener was more en­gross­ing, with Bon­amy Grimes and Johnny Mowlem’s Fer­rari 458 Chal­lenge bat­tling hard against the sim­i­lar GT3 ma­chine of Calum Lockie and David Ma­son. That duel ended when Ma­son stalled his Fer­rari in the pits, al­low­ing Grimes to run to the flag un­chal­lenged ahead of the Cin­trano/ Mor­cillo Mosler, with Dan Stringfel­low third.

Ear­lier, Rod Bir­ley sealed a brace of wins in the MSVR All­com­ers to claim a 599th ca­reer vic­tory – de­spite fears of a forced re­tire­ment as for some time the lights on his Ford Es­cort WRC re­fused to turn on.

There was also a dou­ble win­ner in the Cham­pion of Brands with Chase Owen crowned de­spite a con­tro­ver­sial opener. Owen made a su­perb get­away to grab the lead in his Ray, but was then ad­judged to have jumped the start.

De­spite cross­ing the line in first, a 10-sec­ond penalty post-race dropped him to third – al­though an ap­peal was suc­cess­ful and re­in­stated Owen as the vic­tor, mean­ing Luke Cooper (Swift SC16) was sec­ond ahead of the Ray of Jake Byrne. Owen then made it two from two af­ter again see­ing off Cooper and Byrne.

The pop­u­lar MSVT Track­day Cham­pi­onship had an event­ful mini-en­durance out­ing with Si­mon Clark’s Porsche Boxster com­ing out on top af­ter a late move on Dy­lan Brychta, with Kester Cook tak­ing third in his Ford Fi­esta.

The fol­low­ing Track­day Tro­phy race was won by Gary Burstow. His BMW de­feated Mark Penny’s Vaux­hall VX220 and Nick White’s Re­nault Clio.

Priaulx was never off the podium at Brands

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