Senna Proctor took his second Ginetta Junior Championship victory of the season following an enthralling duel with Jonathan Hadfield in Round Four at Donington Park.
Hadfield, who had won the weekend’s earlier race, and Brands Hatch victor Proctor started the race from the front row and would go on to battle for the lead from the first corner to the last.
Proctor got the jump on the pole-sitter off the line to seize the early advantage, but a great run out of the Old Hairpin on lap two gave Hadfield the lead for the first time.
Next time round Proctor briefly squeezed ahead into Redgate, before Hadfield cutback at the exit of the corner to regain his lead – a scenario that played out almost identically a lap later as well.
Their battling meant that at one stage it became a six car scrap for the lead, however Dan Zelos and Sophia Floersch soon fell away as they defended from the pack behind, leaving Billy Monger and Lewis Brown to take the fight to the top two.
Their presence was felt on the final lap, as a strong move from Proctor heading out of Redgate left Hadfield hung out to dry on the outside, with Monger and Brown briefly demoting him to fourth.
Hadfield fought back superbly though, passing Brown at McLeans and then Monger one corner later at Coppice, but he couldn’t get back to deny Proctor the victory at the final corner.
“It was a mega close race,” said Proctor. “We got the jump off the line but Jonny [Hadfield] had immense pace in the race and was keeping me on my toes.
“My move throughout the race was into the first corner, though it seemed every time I got him he got the switchback down the Craners, but I got it nailed on the final lap. It was a great race.”
Monger had snatched third on the road by just 0.031 seconds after a drag race to the line, however a five second penalty for exceeding track limits demoted him to tenth, securing Brown a maiden Ginetta podium finish.
The fight for fourth ended up coming down to battle between the two returning race-winners from 2014, Zelos and Jamie Caroline – the latter taking the position to cap off a remarkable drive from 20th on the grid.
Kyle Hornby worked his way through to sixth at the finish to take the Rookie Cup honours, with Will Tregurtha and Floersch lucky to complete the top eight behind him after contact on the penultimate lap left them heading sideways on the grass down the main straight.
Patrik Matthiesen ended an action-packed race in ninth ahead of TCR duo Matt Chapman and Cameron Roberts on the road, the close nature of the Ginetta Juniors being shown by just 1.6 seconds covering those nine cars at the chequered flag.
A fantastic race saw action throughout the order, with Dave Wooder just holding off William Stacey at the line for thirteenth ahead of Harry Mailer and Ben Green.
Stuart Middleton ended up 17th after a moment through the Old Hairpin through the gravel trap, with other drivers in the wars including Frankie Bird and Seb Perez, who were 18th and 20th respectively after spins at the final chicane.
Full race results can be found here.