Will Martin takes his second victory of the weekend at Oulton Park

by Charlotte Hardy

Richardson Racing secured a double-podium finish in round eleven of the Ginetta Junior Championship at Oulton Park with Will Martin securing the top step ahead of James Hedley and rookie Casper Stevenson.

For the last Ginetta Junior race of the OultonPark, race weekend, Will Martin, James Hedley, Casper Stevensonand Lorcan Hanafin lined up in the top four places. 

As the pulled off the start line Martin stayed in first place but it wasn’t without competition from Hedley, these two led going into the first corner. Meanwhile behind the lead two Hanafin was battling with Stevenson for third. Coming out of the first corner it was Hanafin who came out on top of the battle.

As with the first race of the weekend, not even a lap into the race and the safety car was required. There was a four car incident coming out of Old Hall corner. The drivers involved were James Taylor, Frankie Taylor, Daniel Gale and Will Rochford. For all the drivers this concluded their race weekend. James Taylor has had an unfortunate weekend as he also failed to finish the earlier race. 

After three laps behind the safety car the safety car pulled away back into the pits. Martin lead followed by Hanafin, Hedley and Stevenson. Hanafin was challenging Martin, the two drivers were side by side until Hanafin got elbowed off and was forced to rejoin in fourth. This allowed Hedley and Stevenson to move up. 

Only two laps later another safety car was required. This time it was needed as Freddie Tomlinson crashed into the safety barriers. This ended his race as he was forced to retire. The safety car remained out until the checkered flag was waved. Due to the safety car it meant that ninety-five percent of the race was raced behind the safety car. The cars only raced two laps which were sandwiched in between the safety car periods. 

Crossing the line in pole was Richardson Racings Will Martin, in second was championship leader James Hedley. Hedleys second place means his championship lead grows by ninety-five points. Rookie Casper Stevenson took third overall and a first in the rookie class. Second in the rookie class was Joel Pearson and third was Josh Rattican. The fastest lap was set by double race winner Will Martin with a time of 1:46.33s. 

Race two of the weekend, round 11 overall classification looks like:

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1Will Martin Richardson Racing 715:51.380
2James Hedley Elite Motorsport 715:51.726
3Casper Stevenson (R) Richardson Racing 715:52.761
4Lorcan Hanafin Douglas Motorsport 715:53.121
5Joel Pearson (R)Elite Motorsport 715:53.897
6Josh Rattican (R) R-Racing/ In2Racing 715:54.194
7Zak O.Sullivan (R)Douglas Motorsport 715:54.737
8Theo Edgerton (R)TCR715:55.474
9Gus Burton (R)Douglas Motorsport 715:55.911
10Ethan Hawkey TCR 715:56.666
11Ben Kasperczak (R)Privateer 715:56.973
12Bailey Voisin (R)Douglas Motorsport 715:57.524
13Tom Emerson Elite Motorsport 715:57.933
14Ben O’Hare Premiership Academy 715:58.596
15Ethan Brooks (R)TCR715:59.292
16Molly Dodd (R)Premiership Academy 716:00.100
17Haytham Qarajouli (R)TCR716:00.697
DNFFreddie Tomlinson (R)Douglas Motorsport 37:12.324
DNFJames Taylor Richardson Racing 0
DNF Frankie Taylor (R)SVG Motorsport 0
DNF Will Rochford (R)TCR0
DNF Daniel Gale (R)TCR0

The championship now breaks for summer but will return in August at Snetterton. 

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