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Preview: Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Seven, Thruxton

12th August 2019 • Simon Paice

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship makes its second visit to Thruxton this year with James Hedley firmly in the title hot seat.

Hedley (Elite Motorsport) has been the driver to beat throughout the season, with an incredible record of 12 podium finishes in the 14 races so far and a lowest finish of just sixth. He’s quick at Thruxton too, with two pole positions and a race win earlier this season.

Another driver to taste success there first time around was Will Martin (Richardson Racing) with his maiden victory in the series. That kicked off a remarkable run of results, with five more wins in the last seven races surging him into title contention.

Zak O’Sullivan (R Racing) is the leading rookie driver in the field and has enjoyed a superb campaign so far. After finishing second overall on five separate occasions, including twice at Thruxton, he secured his first two race wins last time out at Snetterton.

Seven rookie wins has given O’Sullivan the rookie class points lead, but Casper Stevenson (Richardson Racing) is putting the pressure on. He’s starred in recent meetings with a run of seven consecutive outright podium finishes and is determined to take a breakthrough race win.

Amongst the drivers regularly joining them in the ultra-competitive battle for the podium places are the exciting Douglas Motorsport duo of Gus Burton and Lorcan Hanafin, Richardson Racing’s Ethan Hawkey and double race-winner James Taylor, who has moved teams to Elite Motorsport ahead of this weekend.

Roman Bilinski (Alistair Rushforth Motorsport) goes to Thruxton full of confidence after securing a maiden podium finish at Snetterton. Josh Rattican (R Racing) also impressed there with a seasons best qualifying effort, while Ben Kasperczak (Privateer) enjoyed his highest race result to date.

Joel Pearson (Elite Motorsport) returns to Thruxton with good memories having secured his first top ten result of the campaign there in May, while likewise both Haytham Qarajouli (TCR) and Frankie Taylor (SVG Motorsport) picked up one of the best results of their respective campaigns there.

Other drivers to keep an eye on this weekend include race-winner Tom Emson (Elite Motorsport), current Ginetta Junior scholar Ethan Brooks (TCR) and his team-mate Will Rochford, who is back on the grid after having to unfortunately miss the last races at Snetterton.

A 22 car entry for the weekend is completed by some drivers aiming for breakthrough top ten results; Douglas Motorsport’s Bailey Voisin and Freddie Tomlinson, plus Premiership Academy Racing duo Ben O’Hare and Molly Dodd. There’s a new face on the grid this weekend too as Zak Taylor (Alistair Rushforth Motorsport) makes his debut.

Keep up to date with the action across the weekend on social media, @GinettaCars.

Timetable:

Saturday 17th August: Qualifying, 10:30; Race One, 14:55; Race Two, 17:50

Sunday 18th August: Race Three (Live on ITV4), 12:55