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Ginetta Junior

Fielding Secures Maiden Ginetta Win

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Fielding On The Top Step Of Ginetta Podium For The First Time - Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

 

Sennan Fielding secured his first ever Ginetta Junior Championship win during Round Nineteen at Silverstone, the TJ Motorsport driver coming out on top of a superb late race battle with Niall Murray and the 2011 champion Seb Morris.

It was Fielding's team-mate Brad Bailey who started the race from pole position, but a poor opening lap saw him drop to the back of the field, with Murray storming into the lead ahead of Jake Giddings, Morris and Fielding.

Ginetta Scholarship winner Fielding was straight on the offensive, passing Morris on lap two with a robust move at Brooklands, but Morris got back ahead with on the run down the pit straight, before going on the attack himself, passing Giddings on lap three, with Fielding getting by the FML driver a lap later.

Behind, an immense battle for fifth was taking place, between Tom Howard, Max Coates, Charlie Robertson and George Gamble, the latter enjoying a strong few opening laps as he battled his way through from a lowly starting position of fourteenth. The first to lose out was Howard, a tap from Robertson sending him off the track and into retirement, before Giddings ran wide from fourth, dropping him to seventh behind the fighting trio.

At the front, Murray's lead was in danger as Hillspeed's Morris challenged the Beacon Racing driver on lap seven, getting ahead shortly before Murray fought back through, the fighting allowing Fielding to make it a three way fight for the lead. Morris attacked for the lead again and slight contact with Murray sent them both wide, allowing Fielding to dive past into the lead, the trio continuing to fight hard as the race reached its conclusion.

In the battle behind, Robertson worked his way up to fourth, while TJ Motorsport's Gamble got past Coates for fifth, the latter then dropping further ground after contact, with one driver to work his way past being a recovering Bailey, working his way back into the top six after his earlier woes.

Ahead, the lead battle went down to the final lap and despite running three abreast at one point, Fielding held on for the win, while Murray took second for his fifth consecutive podium. Morris took third, with Gamble fourth, while Bailey worked his way up to fifth ahead of HHC Motorsport's Robertson. Struan Moore took seventh for Hillspeed, ahead of William Foster and Coates. William Palmer took his best result of the season in tenth, while in eleventh on his Ginetta Junior debut was Andrew Watson, the Ginetta Junior Ireland frontrunner finishing ahead of Giddings, who dropped down the field after a drive through penalty.

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