The 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship returned with a bang at Snetterton after the summer break with an action-packed Round Eleven seeing Pepe Massot secure his first ever victory in the series.
Oliver Chadwick and Charlie Robertson had both led at points early on before contact between the two gave Massot the win, the Hillspeed driver leading home Douglas Motorsport’s Irish duo Andrew Watson and Niall Murray, the latter having fought back after first lap contact with Sennan Fielding.
JHR Development’s Chadwick started from pole after a stunning qualifying session, but fellow front-row starter Robertson got the better start to storm into the lead. As the field ran down the Revett straight for the first time, Fielding and Murray got alongside Chadwick, but contact at Brundle spun them both round, dropping them to the back of the field.
Chadwick emerged unscathed in second and quickly got on to the tail of Robertson, regaining the lead with a slick move at Agostini on lap three. Their battling allowed Massot to join them, making it a three way battle for the lead.
On lap five, Robertson re-took the lead around the outside at Brundle, but Chadwick fought back and a hugely optimistic move into Murrays saw him jump the kerb and make contact with Robertson, spinning both drivers round.
This promoted Massot into the lead and the Spaniard saw out the final two laps to secure his first victory in the series. A fantastic drive for Watson saw him work his way through into second, having got up from ninth to sixth over the opening few corners, before gaining places as those ahead had incidents.
Murray recovered to finish third and with Fielding fourth, the Irishman moved back into the championship lead. Robertson set a new lap record on his way back to fifth. Reigning Scholarship winner Oliver Basey-Fisher was next up, with Chadwick eventually finishing seventh ahead of Harry Woodhead. Keith Donegan took ninth on his first outing with Hillspeed, with new team-mate Freddie Lee one place behind on his debut in the championship.