Woodhead Continues Streak With Hard-Fought Croft Win


Harry Woodhead has extended his winning streak in the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship to nine races after fighting to victory in Round Nine at Croft.

Woodhead started on pole position for the eighth time this season, however a slow getaway for the pole-sitter meant he was lying in third by the first corner, with Tom Jackson and Ollie Chadwick sweeping past on the run to Clervaux.

The championship leader was quick to fight back though, passing Chadwick at Tower on the opening lap for second, before challenging Jackson at the start of lap two. Woodhead dived down the inside at Clervaux, forcing them both wide, allowing Chadwick to storm down the inside of both to take the lead.

Woodhead briefly regained the advantage by cutting the chicane, but he handed the place back to Chadwick on the run to Tower. The HHC Motorsport driver slotted back into second ahead of Jackson and Jack Mitchell as the safety car emerged on track to allow for the retrieval of Jamie Chadwick and Josh White’s cars after the two came to blows at the Esses on lap one.

Chadwick managed the restart on lap five well to lead through the first half of the lap, however Woodhead was on his tail through Sunny, going on to make a fantastic move around the outside of a defensive leader at the second part of the Complex.

Woodhead was instantly able to forge a gap at the front as Chadwick got left behind to defend from Jackson, setting the fastest lap of the race on his way to a 2.3 second victory. In the battle for second, a great move at the Complex on the penultimate lap gave Jackson second, matching his best finish of the season so far, with Chadwick left to settle for third.

Mitchell finished as the top rookie in fourth overall, just holding off Keith Donegan to the line. Will Palmer took sixth meanwhile, the HHC Motorsport driver battling back through the field after an early excursion dropped him to the back. Rookies James Kellett, Ben Pearson, Jack Rawles and Ryan Hadfield completed the ten finishers.

Full race results can be found here:  http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/132503gij.pdf