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Preview: Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Seven, Snetterton

20th October 2020 • Simon Paice

It’s getting close at the top in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship heading into the penultimate meeting of the season this weekend at Snetterton.

Bailey Voisin (R Racing) sits at the top of the standings, however his advantage was slashed after a tough outing at Croft two weeks’ ago. He’ll be determined to bounce back in style and return to the form that saw him win at least one race in each of the previous five meetings.

In a similar position heading to Croft was Tom Lebbon (Elite Motorsport), who was recovering from a tough visit to Silverstone previously. The Ginetta Junior Scholar enjoyed a great comeback with a second win of the season to boost his overall title chances and increase his rookie class lead.

Splitting them in the points is the in-form driver on the grid, Josh Rattican (Elite Racing). A great run of three wins across the last four meetings, coupled with him finishing lower than fifth only once all year, has put him just six points shy of Voisin.

Georgi Dimitrov (Richardson Racing) comes to Norfolk needing a good weekend to keep himself in title contention for the season finale. His pace has been clear to see with four race wins to date, however a host of misfortune has left him with ground to make up.

Forcing their way into the battle at the head of the field in recent meetings has been rookie talents William Vincent (Elite Motorsport) and Tom Edgar (TCR). Both scored maiden outright top three results at Silverstone and continued to shine at Croft.

Freddie Tomlinson (R Racing) reached the milestone of 50 Junior starts last time out and celebrated the milestone in style with a first podium finish. Team-mates Joel Pearson and Aston Millar have both finished in the overall top three twice this season.

Josh Miller (Elite Motorsport) is another to have enjoyed a milestone result recently, having picked up his maiden overall podium at Thruxton. On the cusp of a similar breakthrough has been his team-mates Tommy Pintos and Seb Hopkins, plus Will Jenkins (Elite Racing).

After recording seasons’ best qualifying and race finishes last time out, Joe Wheeler (Assetto Motorsport) is targeting a maiden top ten finish this time around. Holding similar aspirations is Richardson Racing's Rowan Vincent, while team-mate Trennon Bettany makes a return to the grid.

Liam McNeilly (Fox Motorsport), Will Rochford (TCR) and James Higgins (Preptech UK) are sure to be in the thick of the action. William Aspin (Elite Motorsport) returns to the scene of his Ginetta debut last season, while Joe Warhurst (TCR) is making his first appearance this weekend.

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, October 24 – Qualifying, 09.35 to 09.50; Race One, 13.10; Race Two, 16.10

Sunday, October 25 – Race Three, 11.17 (Live on ITV4)


Live timing and results: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/204303