The annual end-of-season spectacular has become renowned as a proving ground for the stars of the following season. Each of the last seven Winter Series victors have gone on to finish in the overall top two the next year, with five winning the main title.
Aiming to join a roll call of Winter Series champions that includes Seb Morris, Jamie Caroline, Seb Priaulx and reigning winner James Hedley is a talented group of teenage racers, which is headlined by one of the leading drivers from this year’s championship.
James Taylor (Elite Motorsport) was a star performer throughout the campaign as he recorded a top five points finish with four race victories to his name. Crucially, that included a win around the Brands Hatch Indy layout that will be utilised this weekend.
R Racing are housing an exciting quartet of racers in Josh Rattican, Joel Pearson, Bailey Voisin and Aston Millar, all of whom took home rookie silverware this year. Rattican and Pearson in particular enjoyed great years, finishing as the third and fourth best rookies overall.
Another rookie podium finisher from the 2019 campaign comes in the shape of Ben Kasperczak, who links up with Elite Motorsport for the first time. He has the potential to star this weekend, as does Ben O’Hare (Premiership Academy Racing) and Freddie Tomlinson (Douglas Motorsport).
Kent racer Daniel Gale (TCR) will be hoping to impress at his home circuit, while Frankie Taylor is competing with local outfit Team HARD. Zak Taylor (Alistair Rushforth Motorsport) and William Aspin (Elite Motorsport) are among the rookie contenders on the grid.
An exciting talent to watch this weekend is the newly-crowned 2020 Ginetta Junior Scholar Tom Lebbon, who makes his car-racing debut with Elite Motorsport. Joining him on the grid will be Tom Edgar (Douglas Motorsport), who made it to the final 12 of the scholarship contest.
With prizes up for grabs for the top three drivers, top rookie and the ‘hard charger’ driver that gains the most positions over the four races, it’s set to be fiercely contested weekend of competition as the drivers tackle one qualifying session and two races each day.
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