Grady impresses with season-best in Ginetta Junior
Grady impresses with season-best in Ginetta Junior PDF Print E-mail

Wooder began Saturday's first Ginetta Junior race from third on the grid, qualifying just 0.2 seconds shy of pole, and made a good getaway. Disappointingly, though, a first corner incident not only badly delayed the TCR car but also resulted in damage which ultimately led to his retirement on lap two.

Grady was the highest placed of the TCR contingent following Wooder's demise, holding 12th position after climbing through from 15th on the grid on the first lap, and during the early going he ran just ahead of team-mate Max Bird in 13th – up from 16th at the start.

By lap six, Grady had emerged through a huge multi-car battle around the top 10 actually in 10th place but he was put onto the grass at the end of lap five out of the hairpin and so slipped to 11th but was then bundled back to 17th on the last lap before the finish. Bird, meanwhile, ran well in the same tight pack and although down to 14th place on lap six, he stayed there to the end.

Team-mate Collard moved up two places into 16th position on the first lap and despite being shuffled down to 18th place by the midway point of the encounter, he climbed into the top 15 on the penultimate tour before taking the flag in 16th spot.

For round 11 later in the afternoon, Bird was the highest placed TCR driver on the grid in 14th position with Collard 16th, Grady in 17th place and the luckless Wooder 21st and last on the grid after his race one retirement.

Determined to make up as much ground as possible, to limit the damage to his title bid, Wooder starred by scything his way through the order to finish inside the top 10 after a hugely impressive drive. Climbing through into ninth position, a gain of 12 places, his best lap of the race was just a couple of hundredths of a second shy of the fastest of the contest.

Grady managed to work his way into 14th place, taking the flag just 0.4 seconds ahead of Bird, with Collard finishing the race in 17th position – the latter working his way back up from 19th place at the end of lap one.

Wooder started Sunday's race from ninth on the grid and brilliantly sliced his way through into the top four on lap one. After a Safety Car period, racing resumed on lap four and he grabbed third into the complex with a great pass before consolidating the place to the chequered flag.

Grady absolutely starred in the live televised race, carving his way through from 14th on the grid into the top six to secure a tremendous career-best finish in Ginetta Junior. Breaking into the top 10 on the opening lap, climbing into ninth, he then grabbed eighth as soon as the Safety Car period ended and took seventh on lap five before capping a sensational drive with sixth on the penultimate tour.

Rookie drivers Bird and Collard started in 15th place and 17th position respectively, the former rapidly progressing into the top 10 where he stayed for the majority of the nine-lapper. Edged back to 12th on the penultimate lap, Bird was also fourth in the Rookie class. Having managed to climb impressively into the outright top 12, Collard's race frustratingly ended with retirement on lap five.

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