Four In Four Crowns Caroline Winter Champion


A dominant double victory on the second day of the 2014 Kick Start Energy Ginetta Junior Winter Series secured Jamie Caroline the title with four wins in four races at Snetterton.

Caroline was the class of the field throughout the weekend, with two wins on the opening day the foundation for a stunning Sunday in Norfolk, a comprehensive victory in Round Three giving him the title with a race to spare.

The third race of the weekend proved to be a race of two halves, with the first attempt being red flagged on the third lap when a big accident ended the races of top five starters Lewis Brown and Benjamin Wallace, as well as Billy Monger and Connor Grady.

At the restart of a shortened three-lap race, original pole-sitter Caroline once again led away and despite the short duration, a sensational drive saw him streak away to win by nearly ten seconds to crown himself champion.

Dan Zelos took the runner-up spot once again, as he did in the first race of the weekend, thanks to a battling drive. A poor qualifying session for the local racer saw him originally line-up sixth, but starting third at the restart he quickly despatched Patrik Matthiessen to take second.

A spin on lap two dropped Matthiessen down to eleventh, with Proctor coming through to take a third consecutive podium ahead of Geri Nicosia and Alex Day. Matthiessen meanwhile fought back superbly on the final lap to move up to sixth.

Charlie Fagg was next up, with Jonathan Hadfield, Harry Mailer and Flashman Finneran rounding out the top ten ahead of Ben Green and Sebastian Perez. Matt Chapman meanwhile sat out the second day of racing following an incident in Round Two.

Zelos, Caroline And Proctor Share The Round Three Podium - Credit: AS Autosport Photography
Zelos, Caroline And Proctor Share The Round Three Podium – Credit: AS Autosport Photography

With the title wrapped up, in true Ginetta Junior style the final race of the weekend proved to be an action-packed affair, though certainly not for Caroline. Once again, the HHC racer led from lights-to-flag for a 5.3 second success.

Zelos was a comfortable second throughout, with Proctor once again running in a podium position early on before hitting trouble on lap four, fellow podium contender Mathiessen having retired a lap earlier.

That meant it became an R&J Motorsport battle for the final podium position between Nicosia and Hadfield. Climbing from his eighth place grid start into contention, Hadfield passed his team-mate on lap three, but the impressive Nicosia fought back a lap later to eventually take his first Ginetta podium.

Hadfield finished up fourth, while Brown bounced back in style from his race one incident with a superb drive from last on the grid to fifth at the finish. Proctor recovered to sixth, with Mailer and Perez next up, the latter taking his highest finish of the weekend.

Day and Green completed the top ten, both having run in the top six at points before having issues, while another to have trouble Finneran was the last of the finishers in a distant eleventh.

Joining his HHC team-mate Matthiessen on the retirements list was Fagg after an off on the opening lap that brought out the safety car, while failing to make the start at all with the damage sustained in their race one incident was Monger, Wallace and Grady.

Full race results can be found here.

 

Provisional 2014 Ginetta Junior Winter Series Championship Standings:

1. Jamie Caroline – 144pts

2. Senna Proctor – 100pts

3. Dan Zelos – 98pts

4. Geri Nicosia – 80pts

5. Patrik Matthiessen – 64pts

6= Jonathan Hadfield – 58pts

6= Harry Mailer – 58pts

8. Lewis Brown – 54pts

9. Alex Day – 42pts

10. Sebastian Perez – 41pts

11= Flashman Finneran – 33pts

11= Ben Green – 33pts

13. Billy Monger – 32pt

14. Charlie Fagg – 31pt

15. Matt Chapman – 22pts

16= Benjamin Wallace – 20pts

16= Connor Grady – 20pts