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Preview: Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Eight, Brands Hatch

10th November 2020 • Simon Paice

With only 21 points between the top three drivers in the standings and 73 left to race for this weekend, it’s shaping up to be a Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship season finale to remember as Bailey Voisin, Tom Lebbon and Josh Rattican battle it out for title glory.

2020 has been one of the most exciting and action-packed seasons in recent Ginetta Junior history, with the title battle featuring some dramatic twists and turns across the seven events so far. With two races left to run, who emerges victorious is anybody’s guess.

For large parts of the season, the tale at the top has been a duel between Voisin (R Racing) versus Lebbon (Elite Motorsport). Seemingly inseparable on track at times, the duo have produced some fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing and shared the overall podium on nine occasions.

Voisin has seven wins to his name, having won at least once in each of the opening five meetings, however it’s provisional rookie champion Lebbon who’s the driver in form with four consecutive victories, including a stunning treble at Snetterton last time out.

While the top two have stolen the headlines through the campaign, flying under the radar to put himself right in the title fight for the finale is Rattican (Elite Racing). His tally of 13 outright podiums matches the two drivers above him, while he’s recorded three race wins of his own.

Outside of the title battle, there’s a host of drivers aiming to steal the spotlight and end their seasons on the top step of the podium. Leading that pack is Georgi Dimitrov (Richardson Racing), who’s starred in his debut campaign with four race victories already.

Tom Edgar (TCR) has impressed recently with overall podium finishes at Silverstone and Croft, with a maiden victory the next target. Holding similar aspirations will be Elite Motorsport’s William Vincent and Tommy Pintos, who broke into the top three at Silverstone and Snetterton respectively.

Second year contender Joel Pearson (R Racing) would love to end a rollercoaster campaign with a maiden victory, while team-mates Freddie Tomlinson and Aston Millar have shown they have the pace to fight at the front as well; Tomlinson having led a race at Thruxton.

One to watch this weekend is Seb Hopkins (Elite Motorsport). He’s impressively finished in the top ten in 16 of the 19 races so far, a record only beaten by Rattican, and a first overall podium is in his sights. Fellow Elite racers Josh Miller and Will Jenkins are potential front-runners too.

William Aspin (Elite Motorsport) and Joe Wheeler (Assetto Motorsport) picked up their best results of the season at Snetterton, sixth and ninth respectively, and they’re sure to be in the competitive top ten battles alongside Liam McNeilly (Fox Motorsport) and Trennon Bettany (Richardson Racing).

Will Rochford (TCR) and Rowan Vincent (Richardson Racing) are hoping to score first top ten finishes of the year. James Higgins (Preptech UK) makes his third appearance of the season, Joe Warhurst (TCR) will aim to build on a solid debut at Snetterton, while Lewis Saunders (Assetto Motorsport) is a newcomer to the grid.

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, November 14 – Qualifying, 11.10 to 11.25; Race One, 14.25

Sunday, November 15 – Race Two, 10.40 (Live on ITV4)

 

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