It was certainly a case of saving the best until last for Zielonka, again starting from the sixth row with Sweetnam for the final race of the weekend.
From eighth in the early laps he was chasing Goodman for seventh, they both moved up when Rishover pitted and by the end of lap 11 he had taken Goodman for sixth.
A lap later he was fifth, rejoining in the same position after the stops. But he quickly latched on to the fight for third and having demoted Tyler, he ousted Preen from third on lap 26.
The lead pair were closing up and Zielonka began to close in too and when Macleod made a slight mistake at Redgate on the last lap, Zielonka was through for a well deserved second place and only 0.194 secs from victory.
“I had got held up a bit in the battle for third, but that was the best 45 minutes of my racing life,” he enthused.
Sweetnam also made it home for another top 10 finish. He was in ninth when the pitstop window opened, which was also during the safety car intervention. “I had decided to stay out an extra lap, but it proved to be the wrong decision,” he admitted.
He had slipped to 16th place and spent the rest of the race reclaiming lost places. He was 10th on the road at the flag, but was promoted to ninth, after a raft of track limit penalties were awarded.
Published by Peter Scherer for 360 Racing, 11th April 2022.