Foster victorious as Smalley spins out


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Louis Foster won a shortened Ginetta Junior race at Silverstone as a spin for Adam Smalley brought out the red flags.

Smalley was amongst a gaggle of drivers fighting at the front of the field when he span, coming to a stop with his Ginetta crossing the track. At least four other cars collided with Smalley, leaving bits of Ginettas strewn across the track. The safety car was initially called out before the decision to red flag the race brought the cars back into the pits.

After a strong start from fourth on the grid, Foster lined up in pole position for the restarted race, with initial pole sitter Ruben del Sarte alongside him.

For the second time in the race, del Sarte fell backwards at the start, with Luke Browning and Finley Green both passing the TCR run car to battle with Foster for the lead. The trio ran side by side, but Foster retained the lead.

James Hedley snatched second but had to defend against Green and couldn’t keep the pressure on his team-mate. Foster was able to build a small gap to the battle for second, eventually finishing just over a second ahead of the rest of the field.

Green briefly managed to pass Hedley before losing the rear of his Ginetta and running wide, dropping back to sixth. Hedley was promoted to second and spent the closing stages of the race with Browning on his tail. He managed to hold onto second – his joint best result of the season – to finish just 0.3s ahead of the championship contender.

Del Sarte eventually finished fourth ahead of team-mate Patrik Kibble and a three car battle for sixth.

After his trip through the grass, Green had James Taylor and Lorcan Hanafin on his tail. The trop ran three wide as they fought for position, but Green just managed to stay ahead to take sixth, with Taylor following him across the line just 0.350s back.

Gus Burton and Tom Emson completed the top 10.