Dominic Pettit claimed a long awaited, and well deserved, race victory at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit during the penultimate round of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship.
Leading from pole position, the youngster immediately surged into a huge lead, by Ginetta Junior standards, on the opening lap and a relatively comfortable victory looked on the cards.
The emergence of the Ginetta G50 Safety Car, however, on lap four did erase Pettit's substantial advantage. Shortly after the re-start on lap seven, he found himself staring at the back of Daniel Lloyd's car as the Huddersfield driver made his way through on the exit of Druids and the run down to Graham Hill Bend with a great piece of driving.
Pettit was soon back ahead though with a quality overtaking move at Paddock Hill Bend on lap eight and from that point on he was unchallenged as he took the chequered flag on lap eleven – race officials choosing to truncate the encounter early after the cars of Sarah Moore and Jake Rattenbury both ended up stranded in the gravel at Clearways.
Having come within just 0.025 seconds of race victory during the opening round of the season, also at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, this afternoon's win was even sweeter for Pettit.
“This win pays off the hard work we've done, it's something very special,” Pettit said. “I really wanted to win this weekend and so I'm obviously very happy. The car wasn't that brilliant but I drive to suit the car, not the other way round, and that seems to work very well here at Brands Hatch Indy.”
While all eyes this weekend are on the exploits of Dino Zamparelli and Thomas Carnaby in relation to their titanic battle over the destiny of the 2008 Ginetta Junior title, in the first race it was Pettit, Lloyd and third place finisher Alice Powell who all came to the fore.
Lapping quickest in morning practice with a time over three tenths of a second faster than anyone else, Pettit continued his performance in qualifying where he secured a double pole position start for both of the weekend's races.
The Dominant Motorsport driver's excellent qualifying effort also bagged him a brace of extra points in his fight over fourth place in the championship with Lloyd – the latter holding the upper hand heading into this weekend's season finale.