With the Ginetta Junior Championship having seen no less than three different drivers at the top of the points tables in the first half of the season, there looks set to be more action in store as the youngsters make their way to Snetterton this weekend.
Current championship leader and 2011 Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) will be looking for a repeat of his Croft success six weeks ago where he landed two pole positions and a pair of wins, edging him just two points clear of nearest rival and former Ginetta Junior Ireland champion Niall Murray.
Fielding said; “I'm looking forward to the start the second half of the season at Snetterton. After the long summer break in the lead of the championship, my goal for the rest of the season is to consolidate my lead in the championship - fingers crossed.”
Murray added; "I'm very excited about getting back into the car for Snetterton. It's been a pretty long break but as the lap record holder here from competing in the winter series last year, I'm confident that we can be competitive despite not being able to test during this long break. Hopefully we can get a couple of podiums and retake the championship lead this weekend but as this season is so competitive with a different championship leader after every round, it's going to be very tough no matter what how we approach it."
Don’t disregard the efforts of Charlie Robertson (HHC Motorsport) however, who currently lies within touching distance of the top of the leader board. The youngster will be looking to add more silverware to his collection this weekend as well as an advance up the point’s tables.
Keep your eyes on Spanish driver Pepe Massot (Hillspeed) who landed another second place last time out and will most certainly be chasing down the win which has eluded him thus far.
Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw said; “Pepe is going from strength to strength this season and having the opportunity to race at Snetterton where he's completed two days of testing will be great. The circuit is very challenging with its high-speed corners, but it is certainly one Pepe that has enjoyed so far this season”
Joining Massot at the Hillspeed squad will be Keith Donegan – who previously ran with Beacon Racing – Ollerenshaw added; “'Keith has looked impressive in the first half of the season and after testing with us last month it’s apparent he has the potential to get up there with the front runners. The opportunity to work alongside Pepe who has already been on the podium will no doubt rub off on Keith and this will build his confidence.”
Whilst the search is currently on for the 2013 Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner (full details of how to enter here; http://www.ginetta.com/junior_scholarship) the 2012 scholar, Oliver Basey-Fisher (Tollbar Racing With WIRED) is hoping to find his feet once again as the season heads to his home circuit of Snetterton.
Basey-Fisher said; “Although I started the season strongly, things haven't been quite going to plan since then, and with a highly disappointing last round at Croft we’ve been out testing a few times with my new driver coach, and things seem to have picked up again so I’m really looking forward to my home race; where there’s going to be around three hundred people supporting me – so no pressure!”
Whoever your money is on this weekend, there’s no denying that with such a close points table at the halfway mark, there is very much all still to play for when it comes to these full throttle teenagers – one thing is for sure however, it’s going to be an exciting few days.