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Preview: Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Six, Snetterton

29th July 2019 • Simon Paice

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship will enjoy an exciting start to the second half of the 2019 season this weekend as they tackle four races this weekend at Snetterton.

With the postponed race from Croft being added to the timetable, the class of 2019 will have four chances to shine in Norfolk. It also provides an extra opportunity for the chasing pack to try and close the gap to championship leader James Hedley (Elite Motorsport).

Hedley (Elite Motorsport) holds a healthy advantage at the top of the standings after a fantastic record of nine podium finishes across the first eleven races of the season. He’s determined to taste more success this weekend, and will make his milestone 50th Junior start in race one.

The in-form driver in recent meetings has been Will Martin (Richardson Racing), with a sensational run of four race wins in the last six races moving him into the championship top three alongside the leading rookie in the field, Zak O’Sullivan (R Racing).

O’Sullivan leads the way after starting the year with eight class top three finishes in a row, though seven on the bounce for Casper Stevenson (Richardson Racing) has helped him reduce the points deficit. Both drivers have also been regular visitors to the overall podium.

One to watch this weekend will be James Taylor (Richardson Racing), who showed his class with two race wins early in the season and is ready to bounce back after some tough races. The fourth driver to have tasted outright victory this year is Tom Emson (Elite Motorsport).

The racing at the front of the field has been close-fought, with the podium battles also featuring the exciting Douglas Motorsport duo Lorcan Hanafin and Gus Burton, as well as Ethan Hawkey (TCR) who secured a maiden top three at Thruxton.

The rookie class has also been action-packed, with Theo Edgerton (TCR), Roman Bilinski (Alistair Rushforth Motorsport) and Josh Rattican (R Racing) having been regular podium finishers so far, while Joel Pearson (Elite Motorsport) took home his first piece of silverware at Oulton Park.

Hoping to break into the class top three for the first time after enjoying strong results are Ginetta Junior scholar Ethan Brooks and his TCR team-mates Daniel Gale and Haytham Qarajouli, Ben Kasperczak (Privateer), Bailey Voisin (Douglas Motorsport) and Frankie Taylor (SVG Motorsport).

The Snetterton grid is completed by Premiership Racing Academy’s Ben O’Hare and Molly Dodd, Tom Ward (Elite Motorsport), Freddie Tomlinson (Douglas Motorsport), Will Rochford (TCR) and debutant Aston Millar (R Racing). 

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