Woodhead Continues Winning Streak In Donington Opener

Harry Woodhead continued his perfect start to the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship with his third win of the season in the opening race at Donington Park.

The reigning Winter Series champion started Round Three from pole position, with Ollie Chadwick slotting into second in pursuit. Despite Chadwick’s best efforts, Woodhead led the race from lights to flag, stretching out his lead over the final few laps to win by just over a second.

Chadwick took his second podium of the season in second, while William Palmer completed the rostrum after running a relatively lonely third throughout, with the main action in the race coming outside the top three.

Rookie James Kellett held fourth on the opening lap, before fellow newcomer Jack Mitchell found his way past at Redgate, with Keith Donegan seizing on the opportunity to slide up the inside of Kellett too on the run down the Craner Curves.

Privateer Mitchell went on to hold fourth for the remainder of the race to finish up as the top rookie, with Kellett following him home in fifth. Jamie Chadwick made it three rookies in the top six, with Donegan having slipped to seventh after he ran wide at Old Hairpin on lap four and lost multiple places.

Chadwick and Donegan were lucky however not to get caught up in an accident at the final chicane on lap four, with Tom Jackson, Ryan Hadfield and Elliot Paterson coming to blows. While Jackson was able to continue and finish tenth, Hadfield and Paterson were forced into retirement.

Benefitting from the chaos to take top ten finishes were Josh White and Connor Mills, while completing the finishers behind Jackson were Jack Rawles and Ben Pearson.

The full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/131603gij.pdf