Mitchell Reasserts Authority With Oulton Poles


Jack Mitchell returned to the top of the Ginetta Junior Championship order with a double pole position in qualifying at Oulton Park, leading a JHR Developments lock-out of the front row for race one with Jamie Chadwick.

Mitchell had dominated the early proceedings with four consecutive wins in the first four races of the year, but was dethroned last time out at Thruxton by rookie winners Dan Zelos and Jamie Caroline.

It was Caroline who set the early pace on a wet Oulton circuit, however his challenge came to an end when he span at Old Hall and came into contact with James Kellett. While Kellett could continue, Caroline came round to the pits and remained there until the session’s end.

Mitchell quickly usurped him at the top of the times, but with the order being shuffled every time around, at least ten drivers looked in contention to snatch the top spot.

The championship leader wouldn’t be beaten though, his best lap of 2m 09.396s being enough to secure him pole for Round Seven, and his second best time of 2m 09.515s making it a double.

Chadwick finished up 0.145 seconds off her team-mate at the top of the times, while Kellett recovered well from his earlier off to take third on the grid.

Producing a superb last gasp lap to snatch fourth meanwhile was Alex Sedgwick, the reigning Ginetta Scholarship winner making it three JHR cars in the top four.

Ryan Hadfield took fifth, the top five separated by 0.611 seconds, with Lando Norris rounding out the top six. Senna Proctor produced his most impressive display of the season so far to secure seventh ahead of Jonathan Hadfield, Jack Rawles, William Taylforth and Zelos.

For Round Eight, Mitchell starts on pole, with Ryan Hadfield an improved second. Kellett will line-up third again, with Chadwick fourth ahead of Rawles and Jonathan Hadfield. Sedgwick, Norris, Taylforth and Matt Chapman will complete the top ten.

Caroline meanwhile has a lot to do in the races, having slipped to sixteenth for both races, as does Ben Pearson who finished an uncharacteristic fifteenth for both.

Full qualifying results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2014/142303gij.pdf