Mallory Festival Starts Well For Carnaby

Thomas Carnaby led home a Tollbar Racing podium lock-out during the opening Ginetta Junior Championship encounter at Mallory Park’s special ‘Ginetta Festival’ event on Sunday, 7th September, to close in once again on Dino Zamparelli’s title lead.Having been a true see-saw battle for supremacy for several race meetings now, the fight at the head of the driver standings is continuing to bubble away nicely with Carnaby carrying the momentum once again during round 21 with his sixth win of the campaign.Dominating morning qualifying with an excellent performance from the off in tricky, wet conditions, the Scunthorpe racer took pole position with a time of 1m 00.939 seconds (79.75mph) – edging out Zamparelli by over three 10ths of a second.Carnaby continued such form in the first of the weekend’s races, avoiding any mistakes to take a comfortable two second win from team-mate Josh Hill with Fergus Walkinshaw rounding out the podium for Tollbar.“I had a bit of a bad start last weekend at Silverstone so that’s what we focused on here really”, said the round 21 race winner, “I pulled away from Dino luckily and got away cleanly during the first lap. I looked in my rear-view mirror and Dino looked to be getting swamped by the other Tollbar drivers so it worked well for me – brilliant.“In order to save fuel as it was a long race, I took most of the corners in fourth gear to help – the tanks on these cars aren’t exactly big! Obviously you can do test sessions for 30 laps but you’re never full pelt all the way. I’d done a couple of really quick laps and I thought it was better to take it a bit easier near the end and make it home safely.”Following earlier rain, the track was wet for the first Mallory Park encounter but it did dry as the race progressed. Some drivers benefited as they slanted towards drier settings while others counted the cost at the end after choosing to run with wet set-ups.At the start of the race, Carnaby led away well from pole position with Zamparelli heading third place starter Hill as the trio made an initial break. At the John Cooper Esses, Hill moved into second past series leader Zamparelli but the biggest surprise was reserved for Jake Batty in fourth – a second row start marking a season’s best effort.Batty became involved in a tight battle for third with Zamparelli but Walkinshaw spoiled his party by slipping through on lap two at Shaw’s Hairpin to take the place away. While five cars fought tooth-and-nail over fifth position, at the front it was Carnaby still holding on from Hill with Zamparelli seemingly dropping back a little from the top two and falling into the clutches of Walkinshaw and Batty.Walkinshaw then made a serious bid for third at Shaw’s and took the place from Zamparelli, the latter then coming under pressure from Batty who got a good run through Gerard’s and into the Esses. As the top three headed towards welcome podium results, Farndon, George Richardson and Daniel Lloyd became embroiled in a close fight for the top six. Batty, meanwhile, saw all his promise and hard work come to nothing when he spun out of the race at Gerard’s on lap 14 – a great shame for the TJ Motorsport racer after a terrific run.Dominic Pettit really started to come into play at this point. Having started at the back of the grid following car problems in qualifying which prevented him from posting a lap time, he scythed his way through after electing to run dry settings and regular tyres.Starting 21st on the grid, by lap 15 he had moved into the top five and then three laps from home he passed Zamparelli for fourth into the Esses – a truly spectacular effort by the Dominant Motorsport racer who also took fastest race lap.At the front Carnaby still led from Hill and Walkinshaw with Pettit fourth ahead of Zamparelli and Lloyd – the latter having climbed from 11th on the grid. Just behind were George Richardson, Aaron Williamson and Powell although Sarah Moore would get by her fellow lady racer before the finish to take ninth.Into the Esses on lap 20, Pettit squared up to challenge Walkinshaw but the latter managed to hold on for the next lap and a half to deny Pettit what would have been an outstanding podium.Provisional 2008 Ginetta Junior Championship Positions (after Rd 21):1st Dino Zamparelli, 548pts; 2nd Thomas Carnaby, 525pts; 3rd Josh Hill, 424pts; 4th Daniel Lloyd, 356pts; 5th Fergus Walkinshaw, 332pts; =6th Jake Farndon & Dominic Pettit, 324pts

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