Ginetta Junior

Woodhead In Seventh Heaven With Oulton Win

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Harry Woodhead continued his perfect start to the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship with a comfortable win in Round 7 at Oulton Park.

A first lap collision in the battle for second gave Woodhead the chance to break away from the pack and the 15 year old never looked back, romping away to win by over twelve seconds.

Woodhead didn’t get the best of getaways from pole position, allowing a fast-starting Ollie Chadwick to burst through from the second row to draw alongside, with Will Palmer joining them to make it three abreast into the first corner.

A misjudgement from Palmer heading round Old Hall saw him clip the rear of Chadwick’s car, sending himself into the air and into the barriers, the HHC Motorsport driver recovering to the back of the field, eventually finishing eleventh.

The contact slowed Chadwick down, allowing Keith Donegan to move into second. The incident gave Woodhead a chance to break the tow and forge a gap, with the championship leader already three seconds ahead at the end of the opening lap.

The battle for second intensified on lap three. Chadwick challenged Donegan around the outside at Cascades, but found himself forced out onto the grass. The excursion caused a puncture, forcing the JHR Developments star to pit for a replacement, leaving him to settle for a twelfth place finish.

Woodhead meanwhile was streaking away. Ten seconds clear by the end of lap five, the reigning Winter Series champion went on to pick up his seventh consecutive win by 12.2s, with his fastest lap being over a second faster than any of his rivals.

Donegan remained second for the duration of the race to secure his third podium of the campaign, while securing his first ever Ginetta podium was rookie Jack Mitchell. Tom Jackson took fourth ahead of a pack of rookies, James Kellet and Ben Pearson leading them to complete the top six.

Full race results can be found here:

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