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Fleming Strengthens Title Hopes With Mondello Double

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James Fleming Led The Way At Mondello Park - Photo Credit: Con Connolly

 

After a slightly disappointing start to the 2012 Ginetta Junior Ireland season, James Fleming kick-started his championship charge with a stunning double victory in Rounds Three and Four at Mondello Park.

After showing quick pace in pre-race testing, Fleming headed into qualifying in confident mood. Fleming and championship rival Jake Byrne traded the top spot throughout the session, with Byrne ending up taking pole position, Fleming in second only a minimal 0.2s behind.

The opening race saw Fleming follow race leader Byrne for the opening few laps, waiting patiently for the perfect opportunity to pass. This came at the end of lap six when Byrne out-braked himself into Dunlop corner, allowing Fleming to slide through to take the lead. Despite intense pressure from Byrne, James held on for the remainder of the race to take his maiden Ginetta Junior victory.

Fleming lined up second for the final race, having got the second fastest lap time during race one. Fleming nailed his start, however missed second gear, allowing Byrne to lead into the first corner. He made amends on lap two though, getting into the lead at Dunlop corner, however Byrne forced his way back past with a move around the outside of turn one on lap six. After holding off Andrew Clarke for third, Fleming began to reel in the leader one again and another great move at Dunlop saw him re-gain the place, holding it until the end to complete a perfect weekend.

Fleming, who is now tied with Byrne at the top of the standings, said: “I was in need of a good result here to stop Jake's momentum. I am delighted with how we achieved our goal and managed to draw level on points with him. A double win is a real dream come true so early in the season.”

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