An exhausted Steven Hunter declared, “I need podiums and trophies” to wake up his JHR team mechanics after three nights of burning midnight oil and his talented young drivers delivered!
The Dronfield-based JHR Developments team’s workload of building-up two brand new 2015 Kick Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship cars for the Donington Park meeting replacing those destroyed in Brands Hatch’s round two crash was compounded when Seb Perez hit the wall in testing.
In round 3, Billy Monger, Senna Proctor, and Dan Zelos qualified 3rd, 4th and 5th, spending the race locked in a 4-car dice for 2nd-place as the race leader disappeared into the distance. Proctor squeezed inside Monger at Redgate on the last lap giving him 2nd at the flag, with Monger finishing 3rd while Zelos slipped back to 6th.
“On the final lap Monger ran wide, a gap opened and I went for it. Those behind me were battling so I was able to pull away”, commented a happy Procter, “I came here leading the championship and have now pulled out a bigger gap – I need to keep this consistency”.
Monger enjoyed himself too, “A great race, with lots of overtaking, it was action-packed, I could not afford to make a mistake”.
The JHR rookies, Seb Perez, Rowan Bailey and Esmee Hawkey, qualified 18th, 24th and 25th, and worked their way through the field, Bailey to finish 14th, Perez 16th and Hawkey 18th.Proctor made a storming start from 2nd for round 4 launching himself into the lead with Monger holding 3rd and Zelos taking 5th place.
All race long Proctor and poleman Jonathan Hadfield swapped places for the lead, with Monger and Zelos closing-up behind.
On the next to last lap Proctor got the run on Hadfield, grabbing the lead and although it was tight, Proctor was in front at the flag by 0.0292 seconds.
While Monger took 3rd on track, with Zelos in 5th, Monger was later given an exceeding track limits penalty that demoted him to 10th.
“It was a close race, as Hadfield had immense pace in the race keeping me on my toes”, Proctor revealed, “I eventually nailed it on the penultimate lap and held on to it for the win. I managed to squeeze a bit more out of my points lead!”
In the championship Proctor leads with a healthy 32 points margin, ahead of 5th place Monger and Zelos in 6th place.
The rookie pack qualified Bailey 13th, Perez 15th and Hawkey 18th, but all fell back: Perez suffered a spin that did not help his race and they finished Bailey 19th, Perez 20th, and Hawkey 22nd.