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Who’s to blame for Ginetta Jnr carnage?

The verdict is still out on who caused a crash that ended up with two drivers losing their bonnets at the start of the second Ginetta Junior race of the weekend.

Whilst most eyes were on the front of the pack, further down the field there was more carnage as Harry King, Enzo Fittipaldi, and others became entwined.

The drivers involved spoke to the stewards but so far there’s been no penalty.

King qualified thirteenth, whilst a five place grid penalty due to an incident at Snetterton put Fittipaldi fourteenth. The two came together on the opening lap. Jordan Collard started at the back of the grid, and got a good view of the battle.

“On the first lap, the third corner, there was an Elite Motorsport car [King] and another car [Fittipaldi]. They sort of tangled and went off,” Collard said.

Collard came out of the incident with damage to the front of his car.

“The car in front of me – I think it was Digby – defended and I went to switch him back but he saw the two cars in front and he broke harder than what I expected and halfway through the overtake I had nowhere to go.”

Fittipaldi’s version of events are less clear. The Brazilian claimed someone hit him from behind.

“We had contact and I lost my bonnet and then the bonnet got stuck under my tyre and I was trying to get it off. Then I had contact again because I just went straight.”

King said: “The race 2 was a really disappointing race. After our unsuccessful race 1 we knew we had to do something. Unfortunately a large incident on turn 3 damaged the bodywork quite severely, forcing us to pit. Thankfully the team sorted it to finish the race, but in a position we didn’t want to be in.”

Feature Image Credit: Caroline Rhea

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