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Preview: 2021 Ginetta Junior Championship – Donington Park

6th October 2021 • Simon Paice

Aston Millar has taken control of the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship title battle as we head into the penultimate meeting of the season this weekend at Donington Park.

A stunning record of eight podium finishes in the last 11 races, including wins at Knockhill and last time out at Silverstone, has built Millar (R Racing) a 35 point championship lead. One of the pillars to his success has been remarkable consistency, having finished every race this year inside the top six.

Liam McNeilly (Fox Motorsport) leads the challenge in the points standings, however a run of one podium result in eight races has lost him crucial ground. He’s more than capable of making it back up though, having won races at Snetterton, Oulton Park and Knockhill this year.

It’s looking set to be a three way title battle heading into the final two meetings, with Seb Hopkins (Elite Motorsport) the other main contender. He’s scored 11 podium finishes this season, more than anyone else on the grid, however a maiden victory has eluded him so far.

One of the leading talents in recent events has been Ginetta Junior scholar Robert de Haan (Richardson Racing). Six overall podiums in the last seven races have included victories at Thruxton and Silverstone, with those results propelling him to the top of the rookie class standings.

Aiming to bounce back from a tough Silverstone and regain the rookie lead will be Callum Voisin (R Racing), who still has an unmatched tally of seven outright race wins this season. Another first year contender to shine has been Josh Rowledge (Elite Motorsport) with 14 class podiums.

Elite scored their first overall win of 2021 at Silverstone as Will Jenkins enjoyed a weekend to remember, with a maiden victory coming as part of a podium hat-trick. Team-mate Joe Warhurst has also impressed recently with three rookie podiums in six races.

Warhurst was joined by Jamie Osborne in scoring a maiden overall top five result at Silverstone. The latter is part of a competitive Assetto Motorsport entry, alongside rookie podium regular Harri Reynolds and the most prolific overtaker on the grid this season, Joe Wheeler.

Also enjoying standout moments at Silverstone were James Higgins (Preptech UK) and Jacob Hodgkiss (Race Car Consultants) with best ever results of 8th and 14th respectively, while Ian Aguilera (R Racing) starred with the fourth fastest time in qualifying.

Fellow R Racing talents Josh Miller and Freddie Tomlinson are potential front-runners this weekend, having both previous enjoyed podium finishes in the series, while Aqil Alibhai (Breakell Racing) and Fergus Chalmers (Preptech UK) have impressed with top ten results recently.

The competitive midfield action has also featured Ginetta Junior scholar Maurice Henry (Fox Motorsport), Edward Pearson (Richardson Racing), Zac Meakin (Raceway Motorsport), Adam Brown (Ultimate Speed Racing) and Elite Motorsport team-mates Jack Sherwood and Max Hall.

Some other drivers to keep an eye on are a trio who made their championship debuts last time out; Luke Watts (R Racing), Haydn Chance (Preptech UK) and AJ Rock (Team HARD). All three will be keen to progress up the order this weekend.

Follow the action across the meeting on social media, @GinettaCars.

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday 09 October – Qualifying, 09:05; Race One, 13:20; Race Two, 17:10

Sunday 10 October – Race Three, 12:35 (Both live on ITV4)

 

Live timing and results: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/214003