Will Tregurtha fought back after a nightmare start to the latest Ginetta Junior Championship race weekend at Croft to secure an excellent race win on Sunday.
The 16-year-old, sponsored by Enlighten Operational Excellence, is now locked in an exciting battle with Stuart Middleton at the top of the championship table after 12 of the season’s 25 races which take place in front of huge crowds on the British Touring Car package - as well as millions on live television.
Tregurtha has been tackling his GCSEs this summer and his Shenley Brook End School arranged for him to take a Physics examination on Friday morning close to the Croft circuit near Darlington. That allowed him to drive in two important afternoon test sessions with his HHC Motorsport team later in the day.
The effort paid off as the Milton Keynes youngster finished second in qualifying just over one-tenth of a second behind Middleton.
But disaster struck at the second corner of the first race when Tregurtha was sent tumbling down to 20th place after being hit by another car. A battling drive got him back up to 10th by the chequered flag.
From 10th on the grid in race two Tregurtha again showed off his overtaking skills and he finished fifth but with Middleton winning both races Tregurtha knew he needed something special in the third and final Ginetta Junior race of the meeting in front of the ITV cameras.
And he did not disappoint. With Middleton unfortunately also suffering bad luck in a first-corner crash, Tregurtha stormed through from fifth to take the win and close the gap to just four points at the top of the table.
In the 12 races of the season so far, Tregurtha now has four victories, seven podiums and has only once finished outside of the top five. He is next in action at the end of July at Snetterton in Norfolk.
Tregurtha said afterwards: “I have got to thank HHC for giving me such a great car all weekend.
“They have worked so hard for me and it was great to repay them with a win.”