Trophies for Wooder and Collard at sunny Oulton Park
Trophies for Wooder and Collard at sunny Oulton Park PDF Print E-mail

In qualifying for round eight of the Ginetta Junior Championship, Wooder was a mere 0.097 seconds shy of pole position with the second fastest time of 1m43.751 seconds (77.23mph) – although had to start the race from seventh due to a penalty from the previous event – while Max Bird secured a 12th place start, Grady was 16th quickest and Collard was 17th only 0.014 seconds further back.

Wooder made a good start and climbed into fifth on the first lap but on the second tour contact from a rival dropped him to the tail of the field. Mounting a sensational recovery over the remainder of the eight lapper, Wooder sliced his way into a very hard fought, and well deserved, ninth position.

Grady mounted one of his best drives of the season from the ninth row of the grid to secure a season best top 10 finish. Up into 16th place on the second lap, as a result of Wooder's problems, the TCR driver had broken into the top 10 by lap five and then moved into ninth place the next time around. Although passed by the recovering Wooder on the final lap, 10th was still a superb result.

First year car racer Collard just missed out on matching his previous best with 11th place, having mounted a strong drive from 16th on the grid. By the end of lap four he was into the top 12 and then moved into 11th securing second place in the Rookie classification and his first class podium.

Bird held 11th place on the first lap and broke into the top 10 on lap three before climbing into ninth place on the subsequent tour. On lap five, though, Bird's progress was halted when he slipped back to 16th position. He eventually battled through again into 13th place, fourth highest Rookie.

In round nine on Sunday, Wooder made exceptional progress from ninth on the grid and midway through lap two he had sliced his way into the top four. Pressuring Charlie Fagg for third place, the TCR racer grabbed the position on the run over Hill Top but hopes of trying to challenge for second were ended when the Safety Car was deployed and the race ended under caution on lap seven.

Grady, who started alongside Wooder on row five of the grid, moved up into ninth place early on and by the end of lap two he was into eighth place. Then taking seventh position on the third tour, he stayed there to the finish and produced pace just 0.1 seconds shy of the race winner's best lap.

Collard had an opportunity to add another Rookie podium but on lap three he was knocked off the circuit at Druids from 11th position overall. He eventually finished in 13th, fourth highest Rookie. Bird also encountered misfortune in round nine – having raced well into ninth place partway through lap four, an excursion at Cascades the next time around resulted in 16th place in the end.

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