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Ginetta Jr: Cook at the double at Brands

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit was a happy hunting ground once again for Jake Cook as he took his second victory of the weekend to open up a substantial 20 point lead in the 2009 Ginetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance.

Cook, who began the race from pole position, didn't make the best of starts and slipped to fourth by the time the competitors headed through Paddock Hill Bend for the first time. As during Saturday afternoon's season-opening encounter, Jake Hill shot off the line to lead with Alex Austin moving up from fourth on the grid to second place and Aaron Williamson maintaining third ahead of Cook.

On the exit of Druids, Austin drifted very wide which gave Cook the opportunity to take third place as Williamson nipped through ahead into second. At the front, Hill pressed on and opened a very handy lead of 1.2 seconds as the race headed into lap two.

At McLaren on the second tour, Cook continued his charge back towards the head of the field with a great move to get inside Williamson and he then sealed the pass into Paddock on lap three to take second place.

Two corners later at Graham Hill Bend, race leader Hill made a mistake and lost momentum which gifted Cook a golden opportunity to snatch the lead, a chance he grabbed with both hands. Third placed Williamson then had his own dramas at Clearways, losing ground after running wide.

Hill was intent on getting first place back as quickly as possible and into the fourth lap he was all over the back of Cook's 1.4-litre Ginetta. At Druids, however, new third place man Austin made even greater gains by passing Hill for second and he immediately latched onto the race leader.

An attempt to get past Cook at McLaren though, resulted in a delay which Hill took advantage of to move back into second place on lap five as they rounded Paddock Hill Bend. Behind the top three, Williamson was a lonely fourth while further back David Moore was recovering brilliantly from a bad start and was now up into the top six.

The complexion of the race changed somewhat on lap seven as the leaders approached Druids, second placed Hill receiving a small tap to the rear of his car from Austin which pitched the Tollbar driver into a spin. Austin took second as Williamson too managed to get by Hill into third.

Once again on the receiving end of some bad luck, Hill rejoined the race in 15th position but he mounted a good recovery to end round two in seventh place. In addition, he once again took the bonus point for fastest lap with a time of 58.259 seconds (74.06mph) on lap 12.



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