Moore wins for Sarah at Donington?

After two stunning wins at Thruxton last time out, Sarah Moore arrives at Donington in confident mood in the Ginetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance. But she faces some very determined opposition at the Leicestershire circuit.

When Sarah Moore won both Ginetta Junior Championship with Henderson Insurance races at Thruxton she also achieved a few more things: she made history by being the first female racer ever to stand on the top step of the podium at a BTCC event; she won huge praise for her pace and ability to keep out of trouble; she moved into the lead of the championship and she proved to be as feisty a racer as any of the guys. Oh yes, and she beat boyfriend Jake Hill – twice.

Sarah, sister of David who is also on the grid and of Nigel (2007 Junior and 2008 G50 champion), comes from a family that has taken Ginetta racing by storm. Both she and David Moore took turns to lead the drama-filled races at Thruxton, but Sarah didn’t make a single error. Thanks to that consistency, her two wins place her one point ahead of Alex Austin before this weekend’s double-header.

Alex took a second place at Thruxton in his Koala-backed car, although had it not been for a points deduction after Brands Hatch (for penalty points on his race licence) his knack of points scoring would have made him the championship leader. Expect him to make a concerted attack for his first win of the season this weekend.

Jake Cook won both Brands Hatch races but struggled at Thruxton: traffic coupled with understeer in qualifying left him struggling way down the grid. He made limited progress in race one but took a fifth in race two to remain in contention for the championship.

Jake Hill, meanwhile, was very rapid in qualifying to take a pole position for race one, but sadly his speed in both races was tempered by his slightly wild streak. He had a spin in race one – his father, racer-turned-broadcaster Simon putting that down to it being only Jake’s fourth ever race meeting – and then was the victim of an ambitious effort by Aaron Williamson in race two that caused retirement. Hill certainly has the speed and if his increasing experience irons out the wildness, he will be hard to stop soon.

Add in Williamson, Master Moore and Tom Howard and the scene is set for more great racing from the teenage sensations.

Qualifying for the Ginetta Junior Championship takes place on Saturday May 16 at 16:45 with both races to be held on Sunday May 17. Race one starts at 11:10 and race two at 17:50.

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