Junior school’s new intake
The ever-popular Ginetta Junior Championship kicks off this weekend with a host of new drivers taking on those in their second season.
The Ginetta Junior Championship is one of the most popular on the BTCC-support bill and 2011 promises to deliver its trademark non-stop action. With a handful of drivers returning for a second season, and an influx of newcomers, this is shaping to be a wide-open season.
Of those in their second season, Tom Howard will be a man to watch. Fifth in the championship last season, the Tollbar Racing with WIRED driver will be a pace-setter and can be expected to be fighting for the championship at season’s end. Another driver with experience of the 1800cc cars is Jake Giddings who was a front-runner in the main championship last year and in the Winter Series at Pembrey. With two seasons of racing (in G20 and G40-shaped Juniors), Giddings will be another potential champion.
Former Junior Rallycross star Brad Bailey is back for a second season and will be keen to turn the lessons learnt last year into race wins, while Max Coates is another looking to be at the sharp end of this year’s grid.
Of the newcomers, Charlie Robertson has an impressive karting pedigree and at 14 is the youngest driver on the grid, while George Gamble is another to step up from karting in which he was 12th in the British Super 1 Championship last season. Ginetta Scholarship winner Sennan Fielding will be worth watching, as will Irish Ginetta Junior Champion Niall Murray who will be tackling a raft of new circuits this season.
Add in Winter Series winner Seb Morris, former Junior Hot Rod Champion Mikey Day and Saxmax Rookie Champion Myles Collins and this looks set to be another great season at the best motor racing academy around, the Ginetta Junior Championship.
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