Points Leader Gamble Battles To Vital Croft Win

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Tom Gamble has extended his points lead in the Ginetta Junior Championship after fighting through to victory in the final race of the weekend at Croft.

Sebastian Priaulx led the field through the early stages of the race from pole position as he sought to make series history as the first driver to take a victory hat-trick in the same meeting.

The JHR Developments ace built a 1.4 second advantage at the front, though that was wiped out by the emergence of the safety car following an off into the Clervaux gravel for Greg Johnson.

At the restart Priaulx would find himself at the head of a four car train at the front, with his mirrors filled by team-mate Gamble’s car, a Kiern Jewiss and Tom Wood battled behind.

Gamble made a decisive move into Tower bend on the penultimate lap, with Priaulx shoved down to third behind Jewiss as a six car battle formed for a nail-biting final lap.

Despite some close racing, the order would not change and Gamble came through for his fifth win of the season so far, a success that puts him 52 points clear atop the standings.

Jewiss’ stunning run of form continued in second – a sixth consecutive outright podium finish and Rookie Cup victory for the Douglas Motorsport ace.

Priaulx completed the podium, his fifth in a row, while Wood just missed out on the rostrum again on a weekend in which he has moved into second in the points.

Adam Smalley and Harry King were the two men to latch onto the rear of the lead battle in the closing stages as they rounded out the top six ahead of Connor Grady.

A frustrated eighth was Daniel Harper, who lost ground on lap one after first receiving contact from Harry Dyson, before then taking to the grass to avoid Dyson’s spinning G40.

While Harper could recover from fifteenth to the top eight, Dyson himself would finish a lowly fifteenth, with Jordan Collard and Rookie podium finisher Matt Luff completing the top ten.

Full race results can be found here: http://tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2017/172303gij.pdf