Pettit and Huyton share Ginetta Challenge wins Dominic Pettit and Sean Huyton took the victories in Sunday's Ginetta Challenge races at Rockingham, both with huge significance. Pettit's win was the first for the new Ginetta G40 in the...
Pettit and Huyton share Ginetta Challenge wins
Dominic Pettit and Sean Huyton took the victories in Sunday's Ginetta Challenge races at Rockingham, both with huge significance. Pettit's win was the first for the new Ginetta G40 in the championship while Huyton's win was the first of his career.
Qualifying was topped by Andy Richardson who just shaded Pettit for pole position by a mere 0.069 seconds. George Murrells grabbed third on the grid ahead of Sean Huyton while Matt Harris and David Jackson locked-out row three.
In a race affected by two Safety Car periods, lights-to-flag leader Pettit maintained great composure but the second re-start wasn't as smooth as the first for the former Ginetta Junior racer and he had to keep a close eye on his mirrors with George Murrells finishing just 0.4 seconds adrift on a final lap sprint.
Pettit made the best launch of the front-runners at the beginning of Sunday morning's race, squeezing Richardson on the run to Turn One of the banked oval. By the time the leaders reached Deene and Yentwood, Jackson had moved into second place ahead of Richardson but the pole-man fought back at Tarzan and Jackson dropped to fifth.
As Pettit extended his lead to almost one second, on lap two Richardson, Murrells and Huyton ran three abreast towards Deene with Huyton emerging in second place momentarily before Richardson hit back on the exit.
Huyton grabbed second again at Deene on lap three but two corners later his race came to a swift conclusion when slight contact with Richardson pitched the former off exiting Chapman Curve and he made fairly heavy contact with the barriers although emerged unscathed.
This resulted in the deployment of the Safety Car for the first time and at the re-start on lap six, Pettit judged his getaway perfectly to scorch into a lead of over one second. With little more than half a lap completed, Safety Car boards were displayed again following an excursion into the gravel on the outside of Gracelands for James Haynes.
The second Safety Car period lasted longer than the first and meant there would be time for just one racing lap at the re-start. Pettit wasn't away anywhere near as well this time but although pressured by Richardson and Murrells, he held on to win in his G40 by less than half a second.
Richardson's second place came under threat at Deene from Murrells and although fending him off on the outside line, Murrells went through decisively at Chapman to seal the runner-up spot. Richardson finished in third place, Jackson took fourth, Stuart Pearson was fifth and former double Ginetta G20 champion Stewart Linn was a creditable sixth -- having started ninth on the grid.
Huyton's win came later on Sunday afternoon in a race also affected by the safety car. Richardson started from pole but Huyton squeezed past as the cars turned into the Deene Hairpin on lap one. Murrells slotted in behind in third place and race one winner Pettit was fourth in the G40.
The first safety car period came when Frederick Greiling went off at Yentwood but Huyton maintained his race lead at the re-start although Pettit blasted up to second place at Deene. That dropped Murrells to third ahead of Richardson but when Harry Whale and James Hammill went of at Tarzan, the safety car was needed once again. Three laps were run under the safety car and Huyton had to resist pressure from Pettit on the re-start. Pettit had a slide and lost momentum but Murrells spun away his third place. That allowed Richardson to third behind Pettit while fourth fell to Matt Harris.
The next stop for the Ginetta Challenge is Silverstone on August 13/14.