Kellett And Norris Resume HHC Domination


James Kellett and Lando Norris bounced back from a tough opening race to collect their fifth one-two finish in the last eight Ginetta Junior Championship races in the second race of the weekend at Rockingham.

Kellett started the race from pole position, while Norris was left to start from sixth after earning a three place grid penalty for his last corner contact in the opener with Jamie Caroline.

Caroline started second meanwhile and ran side-by-side with Kellett around the banking for the first time, but Kellett fended him off to maintain the lead around the opening lap.

Norris meanwhile lost ground with a slow getaway, but a clever move around the outside into Deene saw him claw himself into fourth, before he passed Jamie Chadwick at the next corner for third, with Dan Zelos following him through.

Caroline ran second until he slowed coming out of Pif Paf on lap three allowing Norris and Zelos though, with the TCR racer able to recover in fourth ahead of the battling Chadwick and Ryan Hadfield.

Behind them, a gaggle of Ginetta’s were squabbling over seventh, with championship leader Jack Mitchell just able to break clear in the position before contact at Deene sent Billy Monger and Jonathan Hadfield spinning around.

Having no such drama was Kellett, the reigning Winter Series champion maintaining a clear gap over Norris behind to take his fourth win of the season, with Norris eventually crossing the line 2.9 seconds behind.

Zelos was a comfortable third, giving the JHR Developments a seventh podium finish of the season to add to his race one victory, with Caroline left to settle for his first top four finish since Oulton Park in June.

After trading the place with Chadwick a couple of times on lap three, Ryan Hadfield went on to take fifth with relative ease as Chadwick defended her top six position from JHR team-mate Mitchell.

Ben Pearson took eighth, while a fierce battle for ninth between Jack Rawles and Alex Sedgwick was decided in the stewards room after Rawles was given a 0.5 second penalty post-race to move him back a spot after gaining the place on the last lap through contact.

In close pursuit were Matt Chapman and Lewis Brown, while recovering from his spin in thirteenth was Jonathan Hadfield, a frustrating result after he had risen from fourteenth to eighth on the opener lap. Harry Mailer, Monger, Esmee Hawkey and Flashman Finneran completed the finishers.

Full race results can be found here.