Caroline Completes Perfect Croft Weekend With Second Win

Jamie Caroline continued to assert his dominance on the 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship with his fourth victory in a row at Croft, completing a perfect weekend in Yorkshire in which he topped practice and qualifying before winning both races.

His victory in the weekend’s earlier race gave Caroline pole position for the eight lap encounter and the HHC Motorsport man stormed away in the lead, while his team-mate Sophia Floersch slipped back to third behind Billy Monger.

The safety car was almost instantly introduced however after contact coming out of the chicane led to the retirement of Frank Bird. The restart came on lap four, with Caroline overcoming a lock-up at the complex to lead the field through the green flag.

As Caroline led away, Floersch made an early move to regain second at the hairpin. An over exuberant lunge forced both herself and Monger wide across the grass though, allowing the quick-starting Kyle Hornby into second ahead of Lewis Brown, with Floersch fourth and Monger down in seventh.

With that move allowing Caroline to break away from the pack, the main action came as a six car train formed behind Hornby. Brown headed the queue for a couple of laps until another robust move from Floersch into the hairpin dropped him back to ninth.

Hornby had Floersch hot on his heels for the final two laps, however he fended off her challenge to secure his maiden outright Ginetta Junior podium finish with second. Neither could get near Caroline though, who had gone on to win by over twelve seconds, the largest winning margin of the season so far.

Patrik Matthiesen and Stuart Middleton survived contact at the Complex on the penultimate lap to take fourth and fifth respectively, those two and sixth place finisher Brown just avoiding some last lap drama in the battle for seventh behind.

Monger saw himself spun around at the Complex, with former championship leader Senna Proctor making contact as he tried to squeeze past Jonathan Hadfield. It was Hadfield who recovered in seventh, with Proctor in ninth behind Ben Green, who secured his best result of the season so far.

Alex Day completed the top ten ahead of Will Tregurtha and Will Stacey, with a JHR Developments trio next up in Rowan Bailey, Sebastian Perez and the unfortunate Monger.

Charlie Fagg was the top finishing newcomer meanwhile in sixteenth, while title contender Dan Zelos’ nightmare weekend ended with a nineteenth place finish as he continued to battle unknown engine issues.

Full race results can be found here.

The championship standings after the weekend are here.