Championship leader Tom Ingram has pulled further away from his title rivals with victory in Round 15 of the 2010 Ginetta Junior Championship at Knockhill. The unique Scottish track produced superb racing, with the Hillspeed driver coming out on top for his third consecutive win, in the process stretching his championship lead to 44 points over closest rival Louise Richardson.
Ingram dominated the weekends practice and qualifying sessions, so started the race on pole position, joined on the front row by fellow championship rival, Tollbar Racing's Jake Hill. Richardson began the race third, ahead of Adam Bonham, with Tom Howard and David Moore on row three.
The front two made an even getaway, with Ingram holding the lead into Duffus Dip for the first time. The leaders were able to quickly pull out a lead at the front, helped by fighting between Richardson and Bonham for third. Richardson held her place early on, but Bonham made his move at the Hairpin to take the position.
Richardson fought back as they entered lap two, with their close racing ending in contact between the pair while running side by side at Clark's. Richardson ended up worst off, sent spinning across the front of Bonham's car and off onto the grass, dropping her to the back of the pack.
At the front, the leading duo had pulled over two seconds clear, though were still fighting hard, with Hill taking the lead at Duffus Dip on lap three. Ingram was quickly on the offensive though, putting Hill under immense pressure as they headed on to lap four. His pressure soon paid off, with Hill running wide into the gravel at the Chicane, allowing Ingram through, as well as Tollbar team mate Howard, dropping Hill to third.
Hill and Howard switched places on the next lap, though by this time, Ingram was already making a gap at the front and was not to be caught again. He took the line 5.4 seconds clear to record his fourth win of the season, in the process setting a new lap record for the G40 racer around Knockhill. Hill followed in second, ahead of team mate Howard, the pair recording their ninth and fourth podiums of the season respectively.
Fourth place went the way of 14 year old Seb Morris, a superb drive by the youngster on his debut at the circuit. After working his way through the field from seventh on the grid, the Hillspeed driver got past David Moore on lap eight to secure fourth, and ended it just a couple of seconds away from a podium finish. Moore followed in fifth, with Bonham, Maverick Domene, Jody Fannin, Jake Giddings and Alex Austin rounding out the top ten. A recovering Richardson finished eleventh.