Caroline Wins Again In Silverstone Junior Opener


Jamie Caroline took his ninth win of the 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship season with a lights-to-flag victory in the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Caroline launched into the lead from the front row into Copse for the first time, with first time pole-sitter Kyle Hornby holding second for the first three laps until he was shuffled down the order.

Caroline’s chief title rival Senna Proctor rose to second on lap four ahead of his JHR Developments team-mate Dan Zelos, but battles between the two allowed the leader to crucially break the tow.

As the HHC Motorsport man went on to take the win by over two seconds, Proctor lost second place to Zelos on lap six with a run wide at Copse, slipping back to fifth.

The Team BMR-backed driver fought back well though, taking just one lap to move back up to third before regaining second into Maggotts on lap nine for his eleventh podium finish of the campaign.

As Zelos completed the podium for his sixth visit of the campaign, there was titanic battle behind for fourth, with positions changing at almost every corner in the closing stages.

Dave Wooder, who had set the outright pace in Friday practice, eventually took a seasons best fourth place and the Rookie Cup win, while Patrik Matthiesen returned to form in fifth.

Cameron Roberts took a maiden top six finish behind ahead of Lewis Brown, who was in the thick of the action throughout as he saw his run of ten consecutive top six finishes come to an end.

Alex Day rose through the order from fifteenth on the grid to take eighth ahead of Hornby, while Stuart Middleton completed the top ten ahead of Devlin DeFrancesco, Jonathan Hadfield and Geri Nicosia.

Esmee Hawkey had looked on course for a maiden top ten finish, however a spin after contact with Matt Chapman on lap eight dropped her to an eventual finish of fifteenth behind Will Tregurtha.

Chapman had taken fifteenth in the road, however a five second penalty for exceeding track limits left him 21st ahead of Billy Monger, who had been an early top ten runner himself before an issue on lap four dropped him down the field.

Full race results can be found here.