Senna Proctor withstood race long pressure from Lewis Brown to take victory at Knockhill and move back to the top of the Ginetta Junior Championship standings.
A long-awaited third win of the campaign for Proctor came in an action-packed race around the tight Scottish circuit, with erstwhile championship leader Jamie Caroline amongst the early victims.
Caroline had started the race from pole position courtesy of his win in the opening race of the weekend, however a really slow getaway put him right in the pack as they headed through the first corner.
A sideways moment heading down Duffus Dip ended with Caroline snapping across the track and hitting his team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco, before bouncing back on track and collecting Will Tregurtha.
While Caroline and Tregurtha were left to make visits to the pitlane to repair damage, DeFrancesco was able to retain a top six position – though only until lap four when an incident at Scotsman with Geri Nicosia and Kyle Hornby lost them all ground.
Ahead, Brown passed Dan Zelos into the first corner on lap two for second place, and quickly began a race long attack on Proctor as he targeted a maiden Junior victory, while Zelos was left defending his podium position from Jonathan Hadfield and Matt Chapman.
Brown’s main opportunity seemed to come heading into the first corner, and the R&J Motorsport man attempted a move on multiple occasions, but Proctor was able to position his JHR Developments machine in the right places to hold him off.
The lead battle went down to the wire and a fantastic run out of the final hairpin on the last lap saw Brown draw alongside Proctor as they headed to the chequered flag, with Proctor just holding on to victory by eight hundredths of a second.
A fantastic drive from Zelos saw him hold off the threat behind to complete the podium, his fifth top three finish of the season, while Chapman briefly passed Hadfield for fourth at Butchers on lap four, but a run wide at the next corner gave Hadfield the position back, which he maintained to the finish.
Patrik Matthiesen had finished sixth on the road, however a post-race penalty for exceeding track limits dropped him behind Billy Monger and Stuart Middleton, who produced storming drives up from 20th and 21st on the grid respectively, the latter setting the race’s fastest lap.
Hornby and Charlie Fagg rounded out the top ten, the latter securing his second top ten finish in three races, while DeFrancesco nursed his G40J home in eleventh ahead of Sebastian Perez, Rowan Bailey and Frank Bird.
Ben Green had finished ahead of those three in twelfth, but was another to be handed a five second penalty for track limits, demoting him to sixteenth behind Connor Grady. Nicosia was the last runner on the lead lap, with Caroline and Tregurtha a lap down after their pitstops.
Caroline’s troubles mean Proctor has regained the championship lead, holding a three point advantage with six races remaining, while Zelos has overtaken his team-mate Monger for third in the standings.
Full race results can be found here.