Woodhead Tames Croft Rain For Tenth Win


Harry Woodhead made it ten wins out of ten in the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship after a superb victory in horrendous conditions at Croft.

Under a deluge of rain, it was Ollie Chadwick who produced the best start of the line, storming through from third on the grid to take the lead from Woodhead.

Chadwick’s charge was halted by the introduction of the safety car after a first lap incident for Josh White. At the restart on lap four, Chadwick was caught out by standing water at Clervaux, the JHR Developments racer aquaplaning off the road into the gravel trap and out of the race.

This gave Woodhead the lead, with Jack Mitchell briefly holding second before he was passed by Keith Donegan, the Irishman having got up from seventh on the grid to fourth before the safety car.

The front two quickly broke away from the pack behind, however despite his best efforts, Donegan was unable to challenge the leader. Woodhead went on to win by 1.7 seconds to further extend his lead in the championship, with Donegan matching his best finish of the season so far.

Behind them, a rookie battle developed between Mitchell and James Kellett for third. Their fight came to a head on the final lap, with Kellett dropping to the rear of the field, while Mitchell slipped to fourth at the flag behind Will Palmer.

Jack Rawles produced a superb drive in the tough conditions to come through from eleventh on the grid to fifth at the finish, just ahead of Tom Jackson, the podium finisher earlier in the weekend having fought back after a problem on the opening lap dropped him to the rear of the field.

Ben Pearson and Ryan Hadfield were next up, while taking a disappointing ninth was Jamie Chadwick, the reigning Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner having been battling for a top six finish until a spin at the high-speed Jim Clark Esses. Kellett rounded out the finishers in tenth.

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