|MORE SILVERWARE IN GINETTA JUNIOR WITH WOODER|
Ginetta Junior race winner Wooder was the lead TCR driver in qualifying on Saturday, lapping fifth fastest and less than 0.2 seconds shy of the front row, with Grady securing 11th on the grid for race one, Bird lining-up in 18th place and Collard just behind in 19th spot. Bird had qualified 13th but had a five place grid penalty as a result of a misdemeanour from the previous event at Croft.
Wooder was edged back to sixth early on but fought his way into the top four before the end of the first lap and then grabbed third position on the second tour while also setting fastest lap. Running close behind Daniel Harper, the TCR racer then leapt into second on lap three but at the expense of former race leader William Tregurtha who had just been passed by Harper.
Challenging for the lead into lap four, Wooder continued to pile on the pressure but was edged back to third place on the run out of Riches the next time around. He then managed to re-take second on the seventh and final lap at the hairpin for his eighth podium – just 0.5 seconds shy of the win.
Grady, hoping to build on his career-best from the Croft race meeting before the summer break, didn't have the best of fortune when caught-up in some lap two drama – followed by a spin at Coram on the same lap. Dropping back to the tail of the top 20, having been inside the top 12, he ended the race in 16th position.
Bird and Collard enjoyed a fantastic inter-team battle and were very evenly matched for the bulk of the contest. Climbing into 15th and 16th respectively by lap three, the duo traded places as they raced door handle-to-door handle but on lap six a spin for Collard at Coram dropped him to 19th. Bird ultimately finished in 14th place, sixth in the Rookie class, with Collard 17th and eighth in class.
In round 14 on Sunday, Wooder made a good start from the front row but was edged back to third at the first corner and slipped to fifth at the hairpin when a move around the outside didn't pay off. Working hard to recover he climbed back into the podium places later in the lap, before being edged to fifth again, and then moved back into third on lap four before taking second on the fifth tour.
Just 0.5 seconds behind race leader Daniel Harper into the seventh and final lap, Wooder saw an opportunity to pass and tried a late move on the brakes into the hairpin – unfortunately, though, he only ran wide and eventually recovered to finish in sixth.
From 16th position on the grid, Grady gained three places on the opening lap and with some great driving he was up into ninth by the end of the second tour where he eventually ended the contest on lap seven.
Bird was unfortunately bundled back to 19th on lap one from 14th on the grid, but fought back impressively to finish in 13th place – fifth highest Rookie. Collard, meanwhile, progressed from 17th at the start into 14th place and although shuffled back to 18th position after being edged off the track at the Esses with a couple of laps to go, he moved back into 14th and sixth in the Rookie class.