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Preview: Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Three, Thruxton

15th May 2019 • Simon Paice

If recent history at Thruxton is anything to go by, you’re not going to want to miss the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship races this weekend, with the high-speed, slipstreaming nature of the circuit always lending itself to exceptional races.

It’s James Hedley (Elite Motorsport) who is the driver to beat heading to Hampshire after a superb start to the campaign. A double victory last time out at Donington Park is part of a superb 100% record for podium finishes and fastest laps in the opening five races of the year.

James Taylor (Richardson Racing) and Zak O’Sullivan (Douglas Motorsport) have established themselves as his closest challengers at present, with 2018 Ginetta Junior Scholar Taylor being quick out the blocks with wins at both Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

O’Sullivan meanwhile has been a revelation. Immediately mixing at the front of the field in his first year, he has three outright podiums and three rookie wins to his name. The other two class successes have gone to the impressive Theo Edgerton (Total Control Racing).

Fellow first year contender Roman Bilinski (In2 Racing) starred last time out with a pair of maiden pole positions and joined Josh Rattican (R Racing with In2Racing) and Casper Stevenson (Richardson Racing) in picking up rookie class silverware.

Douglas Motorsport duo Gus Burton and Lorcan Hanafin have consistently been part of the podium battles across the first two weekends. Each have a top three result under their belt, while Hanafin is one of only three drivers to finish inside the top ten in every race so far.

Will Martin (Richardson Racing) is one to watch as he targets a breakthrough podium result, while Brands Hatch race-winner Tom Emson (Elite Motorsport) is another contender. Harry Dyson (Premiership Academy Racing) meanwhile finished second at Thruxton back in 2017.

Frankie Taylor (SVG Motorsport) and Total Control Racing’s Ethan Hawkey and Haytham Qarajouli have featured in the top ten, while Ben Kasperczak (In2 Racing), Joel Pearson (Elite Motorsport) and Premiership Academy Racing duo Ben O’Hare and Charlie McLeod have also been in the mix.

Determined to progress up the order and break into the top ten too will be Douglas Motorsport’s Bailey Voisin and Freddie Tomlinson, Total Control Racing pair Will Rochford and Daniel Gale, and Molly Dodd (Premiership Academy Racing). Those five complete a 24 car entry this weekend.

You can follow the action across the meeting on social media, @GinettaCars.

 

Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, May 18 – Free Practice, 14:00; Qualifying, 17:30

Sunday, May 19 – Race One, 10:45; Race Two. 15:50 (Live on ITV4)