Ginetta Junior

Fielding Cruises To Opening Croft Win

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Sennan Fielding led from lights to flag to take victory season in Round Nine of the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship at Croft, the JHR Developments driver benefitting from battling behind to take his second win of the season.

A dominant performance in qualifying meant Fielding started the race from pole, with his championship rivals Niall Murray and Charlie Robertson third and fourth on the grid respectively behind rookie Pepe Massot.

Equal starts from the top four meant Fielding led Massot into Clervaux for the first time, while behind a quick starting Harry Woodhead challenged for third around the outside. Murray just managed to hold the place, despite being squeezed onto the grass, with Woodhead briefly holding fourth before being passed by Robertson later in the lap.

HHC Motorsport's Robertson got ahead of Murray on the second lap and began to close down the front two, with Murray sticking with him. The front four were soon running nose to tail and it all changed on lap six.

Robertson dived past Massot into Clervaux, however a big hit on the kerb sent him wide, with Murray capitalising to quickly squeeze past both, before Spaniard Massot snuck back ahead at the exit to keep second, with Murray moving to third ahead of Robertson.

The fighting allowed Fielding to build a gap at the front for the first time in the race and he maintained it for the remainder of the race to take the win, while Massot got some slight breathing room which allowed him to bring the Hillspeed car across the line in second.

Behind, Murray and Robertson continued fighting for third. On the penultimate lap, Robertson got in the inside out of the Tower, with the two running side by side superbly through the Esses and Barcroft before Robertson made it stick at Sunny In. Murray fought back on the final lap though and made a move at the last corner, forcing his way past to take third on the line, with a furious Robertson giving him a nudge after the flag. Post-race, the stewards deemed Murray's move to be unfair, switching the places back to give Robertson his fifth podium of the season.

Woodhead finished fifth ahead of Andrew Watson, while a great drive for Tom Jackson saw him force his way through the field from eleventh to take seventh, matching his best result of the season. Oliver Chadwick recovered from an opening lap spin to take eighth ahead of Keith Donegan and Elliot Paterson, while the race's only retirement was Oliver Basey-Fisher after an off.


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