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Foster Sweeps Sunday's Junior Races at Knockhill

26th August 2018 • Stephen Kilbey

Louis Foster proved to be the man to beat on a rain-soaked Sunday at Knockhill, the Rookie from Hampshire winning both Ginetta Junior races in Scotland. Adam Smalley meanwhile, will head into the next round of the season at Silverstone with a 32-point championship lead over Foster, after scoring two podium finishes.

In the first race, Foster made his move for the lead on the opening lap, by sneaking past pole-sitter James Hedley round the outside, just before the field was neutralised for an incident in the opening scramble involving the #44 and #11 G40s of Fin Green and Luke Browning respectively.

Whilst Green was unable to continue, Browning got going again and went on to complete a head-turning drive.

The field went green again on the third lap, and immediately Foster kept his cool and began to create a comfortable lead while many of the other drivers scrapped over the places behind.

Hedley was unable to hold onto second for long, the Dorset native falling to third on the sixth tour of the circuit after a bold move from championship leader Adam Smalley. From there, Smalley pushed hard to try and catch Foster, but he couldn’t match his pace and crossed the line second, 5.2 seconds behind. It was a faultless drive from rookie driver Foster.

The fight for the final podium place meanwhile, was fierce during the second half of the race, James Taylor eventually securing the place on the penultimate lap after a flurry of position changes which saw Jonny Wilkinson drop from third to fifth, behind Taylor, and Browning.

Browning, who fell to the back off the pack after his Lap 1 clash, produced an impressive recovery drive in the race, climbing from 15th to fourth after the Safety Car, coming close to taking a podium place on the final lap.

Behind Wilkinson in sixth was Johnson, who managed to get the better of Hedley at the very end, demoting the pole-sitter to seventh.

In the second race, Foster started from pole and led all 17 laps. Like Race 1, it was interrupted by two Safety Car periods for cars getting beached in gravel traps.

Because most of the race was neutralised, there weren’t many chances for the front-runners to improve on their positions. The key move in the race came before the first Safety Car, when Luke Browning forced his way past Adam Smalley to take second at the final corner.

In the final laps after the second Safety Car period, Foster, Browning and Smalley all ran nose-to-tail for the top three spots, but despite trying, nobody made a move stick and Foster took a narrow victory with a margin of just four tenths. With his second win of the day Foster is now second in the title race and 32 points back from Smalley, with Browning third a further 15 points adrift.

Just outside the top three in fourth, was Hedley, who finished second of the Rookies as a result, and ahead of Taylor who climbed from ninth to fifth during the race and was classified third of the rookies.

The penultimate round of the season a Silverstone is next on the schedule, on September 15-16.