Dino Zamparelli regained control of the Ginetta Junior Championship at Silverstone after easing to a dominant victory the opening race of the weekend.
Tom Carnaby arrived at the 1.64-mile Northamptonshire track leading the driver standings but after being forced to retire from the race on the opening lap, he has now slipped 24 points behind his rival with just five rounds remaining.
“That was a good race, I'm really happy and I want to say a big thank you to the Muzz Race team and all of my sponsors – credit to all of them,” Zamparelli said. “I want the same again tomorrow, hopefully I'll be able to get away and put in those good laps on the way to another win.”
At the start of the eleven lap encounter, Zamparelli led away comfortably from the front of the grid with surprising second placed qualifier Aaron Williamson maintaining his position on the run through Copse for the first time.
Into the second turn, Maggotts, Carnaby saw his hopes of a seventh podium in as many races quickly ended when an incident involving Fergus Walkinshaw resulted in the then series leader being forced to retire.
As Zamparelli scampered away at the front leaving second placed Williamson, third placed George Richardson and fourth placed Dominic Pettit in his wake, Josh Hill crashed out on entry to Brooklands as he lost the car under braking.
This gave Daniel Lloyd the potential opportunity to close down Hill's third place in the driver standings but the former saw his bid for a fine podium ended on lap seven following contact from Pettit at Luffield.
Having made an excellent getaway from an uncharacteristic ninth on the grid Lloyd – competing this weekend with a fractured metacarpal bone in his right hand – quickly climbed into the top five after avoiding the aforementioned lap one chaos at Becketts.
After grabbing fourth place from Williamson – who had earlier slipped behind Richardson and Pettit – on lap five at Maggotts, Lloyd went on to produce the move of the race into Brooklands a couple of laps later when he sliced past Richardson and Pettit to take second position.