Ginetta Junior Championship

FAULTLESS START TO ROCKINGHAM WEEKEND FOR CARNABYThomas Carnaby did his hopes of closing down Ginetta Junior Championship leader Dino Zamparelli the power of good at Rockingham International Sports Car Circuit yesterday afternoon with a truly faultless performance.Having scorched to pole position by over six 10ths of a second during the 15-minute qualifying session at the Northamptonshire track, the Tollbar Racing driver went on to claim a largely unchallenged lights-to-flag victory and also set the fastest lap of the race into the bargain.Carnaby was pressed hard through Turn One by Zamparelli but the pole-sitter managed to keep his nose ahead as they ran towards Deene Hairpin and the entrance to the tricky infield section.Behind, Jake Farndon had passed Brands Hatch race winner George Richardson for third place with Dominic Pettit climbing from the third row into fourth position. Pettit would, however, slip behind Daniel Lloyd soon after with Richardson further adrift.On lap two, the unfortunate Alice Powell saw a spin at Tarzan seemingly ruin any hopes of a decent result but a stunning fightback through the order saw her climb into the top eight before the chequered flag.At the front, Zamparelli pressured Carnaby and into lap three just 0.6 seconds separated the pair but the race leader maintained excellent composure and didn’t show any signs of cracking.On lap six Richardson fought his way back into contention for the top four but Lloyd produced a good overtaking manoeuvre at Pif-Paf to regain the place. Richardson, knocked somewhat out of his stride, then dropped another place to Pettit.By this point, Carnaby’s win looked assured but the eighth and final tour did provide plenty of drama a little further behind when contact between Josh Hill and Richardson at Turn One resulted in the latter spinning into the wall on the outside of the Oval banking.He managed to get going again but a long way down, eventually finishing in 14th place, while Hill took the chequered flag in seventh position having lost a potential top six result to Aaron Williamson who zipped through in the aftermath of the Turn One incident.While Carnaby won by just under two seconds from Zamparelli, Farndon took a deserved podium in third, albeit some 11 seconds shy of the leaders. Lloyd finished an excellent fourth – having started five places lower – just ahead of Pettit with Williamson rounding out the top six ahead of Hill in seventh and Powell in eighth.“That was good fun, we’ve been quick all weekend and it was great to get pole, the win and fastest lap”, said Carnaby at the conclusion of round five. Chief rival Zamparelli added: “I had to settle for second in the end today, I tried and tried to close the gap but fair play to Thomas, he raced well and did a good job.”Zamparelli, who won three of the opening four rounds of course, still holds the box seat in the title chase, 12 points clear of Carnaby with Hill and Farndon sharing third place.Round six of the 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship is scheduled to take place at 15.25 tomorrow, Sunday, 13th April, and will be screened live on Freeview, digital satellite and cable channel ITV4 as part of the British Touring Car Championship package broadcast.Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd5)1st Dino Zamparelli, 148pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 136pts; =3rd Josh Hill & Jake Farndon, 86pts; 5th George Richardson, 85pts; 6th Daniel Lloyd, 81pts

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