Ginetta Junior

Proctor Steals Maiden Win After Last Lap Brands Drama

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Senna Proctor snatched his maiden Ginetta Junior Championship victory at the final corner of an action-packed second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch.

Long-time leader Billy Monger was shuffled wide at Clearways by Jamie Caroline in a dramatic conclusion to the eleven lap race, with Proctor pouncing to out-drag Caroline to the flag.

Monger had started the race from pole position courtesy of his win in race one, and maintained his advantage through Paddock Hill Bend for the first time despite pressure from Patrick Matthiesen and Stuart Middleton.

Middleton dropped back to fourth after being pushed off track on the exit of Druids, though his challenge back for a podium spot ended with a McLaren a couple of laps later.

As Monger lead, the podium spots switched hands on lap two when Proctor squeezed past Matthiesen at Paddock Hill Bend – the scene of a spin a lap later for the latter’s team-mate Sophia Floersch.

Another spinner was Dave Wooder, the Total Control Racing ace being narrowly avoided by his team-mate Matt Chapman as he ended up beached in the Paddock gravel trap to bring out the safety car.

Two laps of racing remained when the green flag dropped, with a strong restart seeing Monger edge a gap from Caroline. That didn’t last though and by the final lap he was right on the leader’s bootlid, leading to their incident and Proctor’s success.

“Anything can happen in Ginetta Juniors so I was pushing all the way,” Proctor told TCF. “The safety car helped me get on Jamie’s tail and they ran wide so I stole the win at the end. It’s a massive result for me for the rest of the season.”

Caroline held on to second at the flag, just edging out Matthiesen by 0.075s at the flag. Lewis Brown took a career best fourth place ahead of Dan Zelos, with Will Tregurtha and Kyle Hornby next up to complete the Rookie class podium alongside Matthiesen.

Geri Nicosia, Cameron Roberts and Will Stacey completed the top ten, with Monger left to settle for fourteenth behind Jonathan Hadfield, Harry Mailer and Seb Perez, while Middleton took fifteenth after his early spin.

The race had initially been red-flagged and restarted after a big incident in the first running saw a spinning Rowan Bailey collected by his team-mate Esmee Hawkey at Paddock Hill Bend, causing extensive damage to both G40’s.

Full race results can be found here.

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