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Preview: 2022 Ginetta Junior Championship – Silverstone

20th September 2022 • Simon Paice

Josh Rowledge is the driver to beat in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship heading into the penultimate meeting of the season at Silverstone this weekend.

Championship leader since the third meeting of the season, Rowledge (R Racing) has stepped up a gear in recent weeks, with a stunning run of five race wins in the last eight races helping grow his advantage to 66 points.

Heading into the weekend, there are five other drivers that could still mathematically beat him to the title. Leading that group is Will Macintyre (Elite Motorsport), who has four race wins of his own across a brilliant maiden car-racing campaign so far.

Alongside his pursuit of the overall crown, Macintyre is on course to wrap up the Rookie class title this weekend. He holds a 177-point lead over closest challenger Sonny Smith (R Racing), who has impressed this year with five overall podium finishes and three pole positions.

The other overall title contenders are Liam McNeilly (Fox Motorsport), Harri Reynolds (Assetto Motorsport) and Elite Motorsport duo Joe Warhurst and Aqil Alibhai. 2021 series runner-up McNeilly has climbed up to third overall courtesy of four podiums across recent events.

Reynolds was the points leader after the opening two events of the season and will be determined to bounce back from a tough recent run of results and add to his three wins so far. Warhurst and Alibhai meanwhile have made regular visits to the podium, but are both chasing a first trip to the top step.

Kanato Le (Elite Motorsport) and Zac Meakin (Preptech UK) will be coming into the weekend full of confidence after breakthrough results at Thruxton. Le, a double overall race-winner this season, secured his first pole position, while Meakin secured a long-awaited maiden podium finish.

Knockhill race-winner Maurice Henry (Fox Motorsport), Brands Hatch pole-sitter Luke Watts (R Racing), six-time rookie podium finisher Mckenzie Douglass (Elite Motorsport) and Ginetta Junior scholar Alisha Palmowski (Preptech UK) are amongst the other potential front-runners this weekend.

Adam Brown (Ultimate Speed Racing) and Ella Lloyd (Assetto Motorsport) recorded their best ever qualifying and race results respectively last time out at Thruxton. The latter is joined by Liona Theobald and James Wyres in the Assetto awning.

After showing impressive pace on his debut at Snetterton, Freddie Slater is one to watch alongside Akshay Bohra and Luca Hopkinson at R Racing. Flynn McHardy (Preptech UK) and Shravan Shanmugavel (Elite Motorsport) join them as part of the competitive grid of 14 to 17 year old racers.

Four drivers will be making their Ginetta Junior debuts this weekend meanwhile. Current Fiesta Junior championship leader Sid Smith has joined Fox Motorsport, Assetto Motorsport have signed Fin Harrison, while 2022 Ginetta Junior Scholarship finalist Thomas Spragg and Mikey Porter are at Preptech UK.

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

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday 24 September – Qualifying, 09:00; Race One, 13:25; Race Two, 17:00

Sunday 25 September – Race Three, 12:20 (Live on ITV4)

 

Live timing and results across the weekend: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/223803