31st May 2023

Preview: 2023 Ginetta Junior Championship – G Fest

Preview: 2023 Ginetta Junior Championship – G Fest

The chasing pack will be looking to close the gap on Freddie Slater at the top of the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship points standings as the teenage talents get set to provide six action-packed races as part of G Fest.

The championship has visited Silverstone every season since it started back in 2005 and a milestone moment will be reached this weekend, with race four on Saturday set to be the 50th Junior race to take place at the Home of British Motor Racing.

Whilst the championship only raced on the full Grand Prix circuit for the first-time last month, it has regularly produced thrilling races on the National layout, including serving up the closest race finishes in series history, as Aston Millar won by just 0.010s in 2021.

Slater (R Racing) was the star of the show during the British GT event last month, winning all three races on the road before losing one for a track limits penalty. It was the same story at Donington Park last weekend, with the reigning Winter Series champion ultimately securing seven wins from nine races to date.

The aforementioned penalty last month meant that Leo Robinson wrote his name into the record books as the youngest ever Ginetta race-winner at just 14 years and 68 days old. He’s part of a hugely competitive entry from reigning champions R Racing, alongside fellow podium-finishers and race win contenders Reza Seewooruthun, Luca Hopkinson and Mikey Porter.

Multiple Junior champions Elite Motorsport have been battling for the race wins throughout the season so far too and secured their first at Donington Park courtesy of rookie sensation Hugo Schwarze. Alisha Palmowski and Charlie Hart have joined him in taking the fight to Slater and co, scoring four and three podium finishes respectively.

Recent Junior title contenders Fox Motorsport made a welcome return to the podium last time out as Mckenzie Douglass starred on his first outing with the team, while Assetto Racing are another team to have enjoyed a podium visit courtesy of Finn Harrison in the Oulton Park opener.

No less than 10 drivers have already stood on the podium this season and amongst those having shown the potential to add their name to the list is Chase Fernandez (Assetto Racing). He’s racing this season as the latest winner of the coveted Ginetta Junior Scholarship, which previously launched the careers of the likes of Jamie Chadwick, Adam Smalley and Daniel Harper.

Henry Joslyn was mixing it in the top six last time out in only his second ever car-racing event, lining up at Preptech UK alongside Tom Spragg and a debutant this weekend, Alfie Davies. Other top six contenders include Freddie Allum (Elite Motorsport) and Edu Robinson (R Racing).

A hugely talented 20 driver entry for G Fest also includes Felix Livesey (Xentek Motorsport) and fellow top ten finisher Brea Angliss (Breakell Racing), alongside the ever-improving Fox Motorsport pairing of Harry Moss and Holly Miall.

Follow the action across the weekend on social media, @GinettaCars.

Weekend Timetable:

Friday 02 June – Qualifying One, 09:38; Race One, 11:26; Race Two, 14:57

Saturday 03 June – Qualifying Two, 09:00; Race Three, 11:20; Race Four, 14:30

Sunday 04 June – Qualifying Three, 10:00; Race Five, 12:30; Race Six, 15:40

All six races will be streamed live on Ginetta’s YouTube channel, while live timing and results will be available here: www.tsl-timing.com/event/232221


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