|PODIUMS GALORE FOR TCR IN GINETTA JUNIOR|
From ninth on the grid in round 15 for the Juniors on Saturday, Wooder put together a good first lap to climb into seventh place and then claimed sixth on lap three. Maintaining position in the thick of the battle just behind the podium, Wooder's race came unstuck at the end of lap 10 when he was shuffled back to eighth and ultimately bundled back to 11th after a robust final couple of laps.
From the outside of the fifth row Grady moved up into ninth on lap one and although pushed back to 10th again he reclaimed ninth on lap four. With incredibly close action throughout the upper order, Grady slipped back to 10th place once more but during the closing stages he produced some impressive driving to see off his immediate rivals and claim an excellent seventh place result.
Collard produced one of the best drives of his maiden season from 14th on the grid and, although slipping back a spot at the start, he climbed to the cusp of the top 10 in 11th place by lap six. Two laps later, though, an unfortunate excursion dropped him to 17th and eighth in the Rookie class.
From the back of the grid in round 16 later in the day, Collard delivered an outstanding and very well judged performance to secure a then season-best ninth overall, fourth highest placed Rookie. Gaining three places on lap one alone to rise into 14th position, Collard moved up into the top 10 during the second half of the race before taking ninth three laps from the finish to cap a terrific drive.
Wooder, starting in 10th place, held position during the first few laps before moving into ninth on lap five. With several rivals tripping over each other, the TCR racer leapt into sixth the next time around and as a result of a penalty for a rival, and a final lap tangle ahead, he ended the race fourth.
Team-mate Grady started and finished the race in seventh place, although it wasn't quite as straightforward as that with a fair amount of position changing throughout. Post-race, however, the results were amended as a result of penalties for two rivals – Wooder was elevated into second place, Grady moved up into fifth and Collard a lofty seventh, second in the Rookie class.
In the final Junior race of the weekend, an encounter jam-packed with action and incident, Grady started in second place and although slipping to third at the hairpin after a lock-up he regained the place as a result of a drive-through penalty for Lewis Brown. Running just 0.7 seconds shy of the race leader at mid-distance, Grady eventually ended the race second to seal his first Ginetta podium.
Collard began the race seventh on the grid and although losing a little ground, the championship rookie worked his way back up the order. Into eighth as the race reached the halfway point, he became embroiled in a huge multi-car battle and when three rivals tangled out of the chicane on lap nine he rocketed into fourth place and the Rookie class lead.
Edged back to sixth overall with two laps to go, Collard then got back ahead of team-mate Wooder on the final tour to seal a tremendous fifth place finish and Rookie win. From fifth on the grid, Wooder slipped to sixth initially and was edged back to seventh on lap four but did manage to battle his way back into the top six to conclude the Knockhill weekend back in the championship top three.