Dino Zamparelli has extended his lead in the Ginetta Junior Championship to 39 points after doubling up with victory in the second race of the weekend at Silverstone.
Claiming his second win of the weekend, added to a double pole position and also the fastest lap of the race during the wet race, Zamparelli enjoyed a near perfect weekend while several of the other front-runners encountered problems.
“I got off the line pretty badly, George Richardson and Daniel Lloyd both came past me but I managed to keep my nose clean for the first lap as others made mistakes”, said the championship leader, “I weighed up the options seeing where the grip was and then pulled away clearly. It's great to have taken two wins this weekend.”
Zamparelli had slipped to fourth position on the run through Copse Corner following his tough start. Tom Carnaby was away quite well from the inside of the front-row but fourth placed starter George Richardson made a better getaway, darting across to the inside line for Copse and forcing team-mate Carnaby wide.
As Richardson took the lead and Carnaby tried to recover onto the track, Daniel Lloyd shot through the upper order from seventh on the grid to snatch second place behind Richardson on the run out of Copse to Becketts.
Josh Hill maintained his grid slot of third but Zamparelli quickly mounted his recovery and sliced past Hill up the inside into Brooklands on the opening lap. At the next corner, Luffield, Lloyd had a slip up after spinning out of second position onto the grass on the exit – he did rejoin the race but a long way down with a car that looked a handful.
Following Lloyd's spin, the order was Richardson, Zamparelli, Hill, Fergus Walkinshaw and Carnaby but at Becketts on lap two, Zamparelli took the lead and from that point he was never headed as he stretched out a good lead.
Walkinshaw moved up into third place at Brooklands but Hill didn't want to relinquish the position and pressured his team-mate. Walkinshaw held on into the third tour and was given more breathing space on lap four as Carnaby, now in fourth place ahead of Richardson, started to put Hill under the microscope.
While several drivers a little further down the order had spins as the slippery track proved problematic, at the front the battles were good as Hill redoubled his efforts as he gunned for second place into Copse on lap six. Walkinshaw again held on to the place but as they squabbled, Carnaby got a run. The order remained unchanged though.