Dronfield driver’s double glory

Jack Mitchell
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Normal service was resumed for JHR Developments when Jack Mitchell clinched a double victory in the Ginetta Junior Championship at Oulton Park.

Qualifying bought delight to the Dronfield-based JHR Developments team boss Steven Hunter with his cars lining-up 1st, 2nd and 4th on the grid.

Mitchell returned to form with pole position for round seven, grabbing the lead at the first corner and going onto a lights-to-flag victory.

He then adapted well to changing conditions for round eight following a shower to triumph again for his sixth win in eight races and an impressive 66 points championship lead, securing seven poles and three fastest laps along the way.

Jamie Chadwick’s round seven front-row start advantage was lost when pushed off exiting the first corner, but the plucky 16 year-old girl recovered to run third, until the last lap when she was again shoved sideways on to the grass at the final corner, losing five places to finish eighth, thankfully, she had an untroubled run to finish fourh in round eight.

Dan Zelos, was hampered by his car jumping out of gear in qualifying, coming home fifth and 12th, and is only two points shy of the Rookie Cup lead.

Alex Sedgwick’s encouraging grid fourth qualifying to round seven suffered when he was pushed into the gravel halfway round the first lap, so he finished 12th, but round eight was much better for the Ginetta Junior 2014 Scholarship-winning 15- year-old achieving his first Rookie Cup prize podium finish in fifth place.

Senna Proctor enjoyed his best weekend yet, the 6 ft 3 ins 15 year-old qualifying particularly well, in the top-10 in only his third ever race meeting: like his teammates, the JHR drivers all benefiting from the team’s policy of sharing a successful set-up information between them all.