Dave Wooder made a long-awaited return to the top step of the Ginetta Junior Championship podium with victory in the opening race at Silverstone.
Wooder’s first victory since Thruxton in May came in near lights-to-flag fashion, but it was far from easy for the Total Control Racing ace with a chasing pack close behind.
Seb Priaulx started proceedings from pole position, but Wooder was in front by the time the time they exited Copse for the first time, while Will Tregurtha moved up to third.
That came as Seb Perez lost ground at Becketts, dropping back to eleventh ahead of Daniel Harper and Stuart Middleton, both of whom didn’t have the first laps they’d have hoped for.
An early change for fourth saw Lewis Brown pass his HHC Motorsport team-mate Charlie Fagg, though both drivers quickly joined the tail of what became a five car battle for the lead.
Priaulx slipped back from second to fourth on lap four, but the JHR Developments ace fought back well to pass both Brown and Tregurtha back over the next few laps.
Impressively following him through was Charlie Fagg, who dispatched both his HHC stablemates to settle into third position – a position he held to the finish for his second podium of the year.
Ahead, Priaulx did everything he could to deprive Wooder of victory, but the Total Control Racing star held on to secure a second victory of the campaign.
Outside the podium positions, a late charge from Brown saw him recover from falling back to sixth to pick up fourth at the finish ahead of Tregurtha and King.
For Tregurtha, that result was another step towards the championship title after chief rival Middleton could only muster eleventh at the finish.
The pack between them included the impressive debutant Harry Dyson, who picked up seventh overall and a Rookie podium in his first race, Perez, Kyle Hornby and Harper.
Full race results can be found here.