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Proctor Maintains Junior Championship lead After Oulton Outing

7th June 2015 • Ginetta Cars

Snatching the lead into Old Hall for the first time, Caroline swept into a lead that no one could touch, pulling out an impressive advantage over Dan Zelos – who leapfrogged from fourth to second at the start – during lap one.

Dave Wooder took his maiden pole position start in the ultra-competitive KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship after topping the timing sheets at Oulton Park. However, it was Jamie Caroline who benefited most from his grid position, having started alongside on the grid. With the two leaders enjoying a lonely race throughout the eight lap encounter, it was left to the 20 teenagers behind to provide the entertainment. Senna Proctor was on a charge having started in eighth on the grid and climbing to third by the end of lap one, whilst QH-backed Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Stuart Middleton passed Thruxton double race winner Sophia Floersch for fifth before closing the gap to Proctor ahead. A spin for Middleton on lap four dropped him off the back of the fight for the final spot on the podium, but he made much progress during the remainder of the encounter to recover to a spot in the top 10. At the halfway point - and with Caroline and Zelos nine seconds up the road – Proctor, Floersch and Hadfield began to trade places, with Lewis Brown joining in on the action towards the end of the race as Hadfield span during a move on Floersch. The result meant the championship top three occupied the three top spots as the final race of the weekend commenced, and another textbook start for Caroline saw him dash into the lead at Old Hall for the first time, this time taking Proctor with him as Zelos followed. Impressing once again, Floersch passed Brown to claim fourth after a handful of laps, with Zelos next in her sights as she looked to take another podium from the JHR Developments teammates, whilst race one poleman Dave Wooder made up for a retirement in the weekend opener climbing to ninth over the opening four laps. Middleton also found himself in the thick of the action, muscling his way around a number of competitors from tenth on the grid, whilst Stacey powered to 11th overall, having started in 18th. The incredible action was cut short however, when Rowan Bailey made heavy impact with the barrier at Deer Leap with three laps left to run. Testament to the strength of the cars, Bailey walked away from the accident, but the work left for the marshals to move the G40 to a place of safety meant the race was forced to end under safety car, handing Caroline his second win of the weekend, from Proctor and Zelos, with Floersch taking the rookie honours. The KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship reconvenes at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire on Sat 27/Sun 28 June. Provisional standings are below. PROCTOR, Senna 204CAROLINE, Jamie 183ZELOS, Dan 176FLOERSCH, Sophia 163MONGER, Billy 148HADFIELD, Jonathan 144BROWN, Lewis 119MIDDLETON, Stuart 117MATTHIESEN, Patrik 115TREGURTHA, Will 104