Ollie Chadwick took a long-awaited Ginetta Junior Championship win during the penultimate race of the season at Brands Hatch, the JHR Developments ace leading from lights-to-flag for his first victory in thirteen months.
In an uncharacteristically sedate start to a Junior encounter, Chadwick was able to lead unchallenged into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, with the top three maintaining their positions over the opening lap.
The early mover was Keith Donegan, the double race-winner last time out at Silverstone passing Jack Mitchell off the line for fifth, before gaining another place by dispatching Tom Jackson at Graham Hill Bend.
As Donegan latched onto the rear of an early battle between Will Palmer and James Kellett, Chadwick was able to forge a small advantage at the front of the field, that was until the safety car emerged at the end of lap three.
The cause was a hit into the Paddock Hill barriers for Jack Rawles, the privateer having enjoyed a feisty early battle with fellow rookies Jamie Chadwick and Mitchell in his newly-liveried Ginetta G40J.
With the stricken car removed from the gravel, the action resumed with a textbook restart from Chadwick. That was the catalyst to a comfortable run to the line for the 17 year old, who brought his car home with a winning margin of 1.1 seconds.
“It’s brilliant, absolutely fantastic,” said a delighted Chadwick. “The car was phenomenal, so we were able to control the pace all the way through. It was definitely a drivers win, to convert pole into the win on a phenomenal track like this, it’s phenomenal.”
Palmer ran second throughout, taking his ninth podium of the campaign. It wasn’t enough to keep him in the hunt for second in the points however, with Donegan making a superb last lap move at Hawthorns to join him on the podium and secure the vice-champion position.
Kellett was therefore left to settle for fourth, though the result was enough to confirm him as the Rookie champion. Jackson took fifth ahead of the rookie battle between Mitchell and Jamie Chadwick, with fellow rookies Ben Pearson, Ryan Hadfield and Josh White completing the top ten.
Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/toca/2013/134103gij.pdf