Geri Nicosia battled difficult race conditions and a number of on track incidents to move up to seventh in the overall standings of the Ginetta Junior Championships.

The Princes Risborough racer finished 10th, fifth and ninth in the three races at Donnington Park over the weekend.

While he was happy with the pace his JHR Developments car showed, the 16-year-old confessed he felt he could have picked up some podium finishes over the course of the weekend.

Nicosia said: “I should have come away with at least two podium finishes, and I thought I could have won race three.

“We have proven we have the pace to run at the front and look forward to doing so at the next race.”

Nicosia’s afternoon was far from straightforward and race one proved to be particularly eventful as a hail storm wreaked havoc with the track’s surface.

Having taken two places on the opening lap of the race Nicosia found himself in sixth while under safety car conditions.

A four way scrap ensued before a collision from behind coupled with running wide at coppice corner saw Nicosia fall to 10th.

Race two proved to be more fruitful as the young racer moved up from 10th on the grid to third before more contact, this time from his team-mate, resulted in a damaged bonnet and the loss of two places.

A fifth placed finish was still positive for Nicosia though, and a partially reversed grid for race three meant he started at the front of the pack.

Having the outside corner did him little favours and he soon dropped back to fourth where he would remain for the majority of the race.

An error on the penultimate lap would ultimately undermine Nicosia’s good work after he was pushed wide and dropped back to ninth.

The Ginetta Championship returns to action on the weekend commencing Saturday, 7 May where the drivers will compete at Thruxton Circuit.