Kellett Picks Up Opening Snetterton Victory

by Simon Paice

James Kellett made it two wins in three Ginetta Junior Championship races with a lights-to-flag win in a truncated Round Eleven at Snetterton.

Kellett’s HHC Motorsport team-mate Lando Norris started the race from pole position, but a fast start from Kellett saw him take the lead heading into Riches for the first time.

Norris went on to trail Kellett for the remainder of the race, with Kellett setting the fastest lap of the race as he built a lead of 0.451 seconds when the safety car was introduced on lap four.

That ended the race as a contest, with Kellett just following the safety car through to the chequered flag two laps later.

The interlude came after an incident in a fierce battle around the bottom of the top six, which featured Jamie Caroline, Jack Rawles, Jamie Chadwick, Jonathan Hadfield and a recovering Jack Mitchell.

Championship leader Mitchell had slipped from third on the grid to ninth on the opening lap, but was soon back into the top six and on lap four he moved up to fifth.

Behind, an incident involving Thruxton race-winner Caroline, Hadfield and Rawles over seventh ended with Hadfield dropping to the back of the field and Rawles being left stranded at the side of the track, bringing out the safety car.

Just making a decisive move prior to the stoppage of racing was Dan Zelos, the JHR Developments ace passing Ryan Hadfield for third place, his fourth podium finish of an impressive maiden Junior campaign so far.

Mitchell ended proceedings in fifth ahead of JHR team-mates Alex Sedgwick and Chadwick, with Senna Proctor finishing tenth behind Ben Pearson and Caroline to make it five JHR cars in the top ten.

Billy Monger, Matt Chapman and Lewis Brown were next up, while William Taylforth took fourteenth on his first appearance with Total Control Racing since making a mid-season switch from HHC. Jonathan Hadfield ended a lowly eighteenth meanwhile after his contact with Mitchell.

*Update: Post-race, Jamie Caroline was excluded from the results. This promoted Proctor into ninth and earned Monger a top ten finish.

Full race results can be found here:

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