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ITV4’s Richard John Neil Joins Ginetta Junior Scholarship Judging Panel

7th September 2017 • Ruth Harrison

Richard John Neil, the voice behind the ITV4’s sensational live commentary of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship, is set to join the 2018 Ginetta Junior Scholarship judging panel.

As one of the leading figures in the motorsport media, Neil is the ideal choice to evaluate participants on their media capabilities during the media assessment elements of this year’s competition. 60 drivers will be interviewed by Neil and the Ginetta media team, with the overall winner taking home the career opportunity of a lifetime; a fully funded season in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship.
 
Neil previously worked as a sports reporter for BBC and Independent local radio before moving into television as a motor sports commentator. He remains a regular feature writer he has also written four books covering the history of short circuit motor racing in the UK.
 
Richard John Neil; “I'm honoured and excited to be asked by Ginetta to be involved with this year's Junior Scholarship. We're in the middle of another fantastic season of racing which is again proving to be the benchmark in junior competition.  What makes being invited even better for me is that it takes the Ginetta schedule through to the end of October and also gives us a sneaky peek at some of next year's intake.  Can't wait!”
 
Undoubtedly the biggest prize in UK motorsport, the winner will receive free entry into the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship, the use of a Ginetta Junior race car for the entirety of the season (including consumables) and an experienced Ginetta team to prepare the car throughout the season. Furthermore, insurance will be provided by Ginetta in addition to a season supply of race tyres and fuel, as well as the all-important Ginetta race suit.
 
Taking place at Ginetta’s own race track - Blyton Park - from the 23 – 25 October 2017, the scholarship is awarded to one driver who shines in the eyes of Ginetta. Whilst driving ability is a key factor, the judges will also be looking for a marketable individual who shows determination throughout each stage of the competition. Fitness assessments will look at willpower, whilst a media interview is designed to outline those capable of representing the Ginetta brand.
 
In order to be eligible, the competitor’s date of birth must fall between 01/01/2002 and 21/03/2004. Any competitors who have competed in an MSA circuit car race will not be able to participate. For more information on this year’s scholarship, visit our scholarship page here.

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“I'm honoured and excited to be asked by Ginetta to be involved with this year's Junior Scholarship. What makes being invited even better for me is that it takes the Ginetta schedule through to the end of October and also gives us a sneaky peek at some of next year's intake. Can't wait!”

- Richard John Neil