Lando Norris continued his fantastic run of recent form in the Ginetta Junior Championship with his third win in the last five races in the opener at Knockhill, a race in which JHR Developments locked out the remaining places in the top four.
Norris headed into his first outing in Scotland with two wins and two second places from his last four races under his belt and the 14 year old carried that momentum into the opening race around the undulating Fife circuit.
The HHC Motorsport racer started the thirteen lap encounter from pole position and held onto his advantage off the line, before maintaining it after an early safety car period.
While Norris did come under pressure from championship leader Jack Mitchell, he fended him off to compete a lights-to-flag success. Second for Mitchell meanwhile moves him ever closer to the title.
Behind the front two, a title battle for the final podium place between JHR team-mates Senna Proctor and Alex Sedgwick went down to the last lap. After holding the place for the first eleven laps, Proctor lost out to reigning Ginetta Scholarship winner Sedgwick on the penultimate lap.
On the last trip round though, Proctor snatched it back for his maiden Junior podium, with Sedgwick taking his seasons best finish in fourth to make it a two-three-four finish for the JHR outfit.
It wasn’t all plain-sailing for the team though. Jamie Chadwick saw her race ended early with an unfortunate visit to the gravel trap on lap two after running fifth at the end of the opening lap, her incident causing the early safety car period.
Stablemate Dan Zelos was in contention for a top five finish too meanwhile, but a battle with birthday boy Jack Rawles ended with contact at the hairpin on lap seven, resulting in Zelos eventually finishing fifteenth, two places behind Rawles.
That incident promoted Ryan Hadfield to fifth, with the R&J Motorsport racer holding it to the finish ahead of Jamie Caroline and a frustrated James Kellett, the latter having headed into the weekend hoping to gain ground on Mitchell in the title race.
Ben Pearson, Billy Monger and William Taylforth completed the top ten, with Jonathan Hadfield and Lewis Brown next up ahead of Rawles. Matt Chapman took fourteenth in front of Zelos, with Flashman Finneran completing the finishers on his first outing with Tollbar Racing.