To be eligible for the 2024 Ginetta Junior Scholarship, the competitor’s date of birth must fall between 1/1/2008 – 15/03/2010.
Participants must also not have competed in any motorsport UK regulated car events.
Ginetta are pleased to announce details of the 2024 Ginetta Junior Scholarship, where one budding racing driver will win a fully funded season in the Ginetta Junior Championship. As one of three Ginetta support series on the British GT Championship package, the winner can look forward to unrivalled exposure to fans, media and sponsors throughout their maiden year in car racing.
This fantastic prize includes the following:
- Entry into the 2024 Ginetta Junior Championship
- Use of a Ginetta Junior Car for the whole of the 2024 season (including consumables)
- Professional car preparation with an experienced team for every race meeting
- Insurance throughout the season
- Season supply of race tyres
- Season supply of race fuel
- Ginetta Branded race suit
Date & Venue
The competition is due to take place at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire, over the 27th, 28th & 29th October 2023.
Competitors will need to take part in one of the two qualification days on the 27th and 28th October. The top drivers from each of the qualification days will be required to attend the final on the 29th October, at the end of which the winner will be announced.
Further details on the venue can be found on the circuit website here: https://www.blytonpark.co.uk/
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Qualification Day Format
Each participant will complete three assessments on their qualification day including media, fitness and driving tests.
Driving – Driving is the main part of the assessment for the Scholarship, holding 60% of the weighting. It is advised that drivers prepare for the driving assessment adequately to give themselves the best possible chance of progressing through the competition. As a minimum, drivers should be able to use a car with a clutch prior to arrival.
All Participants will have a number of sessions alongside a professional instructor in the car, during which they will be assessed on the following areas and not solely on lap time:
- Ability to drive safely at speed
- Car control skills
- Ability to change gear
- Willingness to learn from the instructor
- Progression through the sessions
Fitness – Being a racing driver requires huge levels of fitness. Entrants should work on improving their fitness before the competition to prepare themselves for this assessment. Simple exercise such as playing football or running will improve fitness as well more focused training such as press- ups/sit-ups. This element is as much a test of the competitor’s character, as we will not necessarily be looking at purely how fit the driver is, but their determination, and how willing they are to push themselves.
Media – Presenting yourself professionally to the media is an essential skill at all levels of motorsport. The Ginetta Junior Championship is shown live on ITV4 and drivers are often interviewed straight after the race when the adrenaline is pumping, so being able to communicate well and in a likeable but professional manner is a necessary trait.
Do I need to have my own race kit and racing car?
No. Drivers who do not own their own kit should wear a long-sleeved top, trousers and suitable footwear. Ginetta will have a limited number of helmets available on the day to borrow. All the cars are provided as part of the competition.
Do I need to have a race licence to take part in the Scholarship?
No. There are no specific licence requirements to take part in the Scholarship.
Do I need to have any specific experience to take part?
No. Competitors are not required to have any specific experience in any form of racing. We do recommend that successful applicants have at least had practice driving a car with a clutch. There are a number of young driver schemes that can facilitate this around the country.
Are there any test days available before the event?
There various options to test a Ginetta Junior G40 with our factory drivers. For more information please contact Kelly Edmund on 07917 261 345.
What circuit layout will be used for the competition?
The circuit configuration will be announced in the final instructions which will be realised approximately one month prior to the event, along with other details of the assessment areas.
If you need any more information regarding the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.