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Preview: Teenage Kicks In The Ginetta Junior Championship

15th May 2018 • Ruth Harrison-Davies

The racing stars of the future choose to start their career in the Ginetta Junior Championship. As the biggest and most high-profile Junior racing series in the UK, names such as Lando Norris, Tom Ingram and Senna Proctor earned their racing stripes as part of our grid.

Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) arrives at Thruxton leading the standings thanks – in part – to a pair of wins and a second place at Donington Park a few weeks ago.

Just behind is rookie class leader and local driver Louis Foster (Elite Motorsport) who has made waves on his first full season in the championship. He’s taken the ‘top rookie’ prize in five out of five races, as well as his maiden overall win in the final race at Donington Park.

Split by just one point are Ruben Del Sarte (TCR) and Adam Smalley (Elite Motorsport). The latter left Brands Hatch in the points lead, but a DNF at Donington Park has left him with work to do again this weekend.

Another pair with a single point between them are Finley Green (Elite Motorsport) and Patrick Kibble (TCR); currently fighting over fifth in the standings. Meanwhile, rounding out the championship top ten are Elite Motorsport’s Greg Johnson, James Hedley and Jonny Wilkinson and Ginetta Junior Scholar James Taylor from Richardson Racing.

Elsewhere, Matt Luff (Richardson Racing) took his best finish of the season – fourth – at Donington Park and will be hoping for similar success here. Right behind him though are Ginetta Junior Scholarship finalists Abbi Pulling (TCR) and Will Martin (Privateer).

One point behind Martin is fellow Privateer entrant Tom Emson who arrives in Hampshire just two points ahead of Conner Garlick (also Privateer).  Completing the grid are Daniel Gale (TCR), Emily Linscott (Richardson Racing), Jamie Osborne (WDE), Ben O’Hare (Premiership Academy Racing) and Charlie McLeod (RCE).

As one of the most exciting races on the BTCC support bill, make sure you keep up-to-date with all the action throughout the weekend via our social media feeds.

Weekend Timetable

Saturday, May 19  

  • 10.50 – 11.10 Qualifying Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge  
  • 12.00 – 12.15 Free Practice Ginetta Junior Championship  
  • 14.55 – 15.10 Qualifying Ginetta Junior Championship  
  • 16.45 Race Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge

Sunday, May 20  

  • 11.25 Race Ginetta Junior Championship 
  • 13.45 Race Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge 
  • 15.55 Race Ginetta Junior Championship