This weekend sees the Simpson Race Product Ginetta Junior championship season get back underway for the second half of the year. This weekend will see a packed grid of teenage drivers competing at Snetterton, located in Norfolk. The championship is the premier series for the young aspiring racing drivers within the UK.
So far it has been a close fought season, the championship lead has changed hands between Douglas Motorsport’s Stuart Middleton and HHC’s Will Tregurtha multiple times so far. The two drivers are split by just four points as they head to the Norfolk circuit. The last time that Stuart Middleton competed at Snetterton was when he fought to become the winner of the 2015 Ginetta Junior Winter Series champion after taking three of the four race wins. He usually runs pretty well around the circuit so he will definitely be one driver to keep an eye on as well as his rival championship contender Will Tregurtha.
Another two key drivers to watch will be HHC’s Lewis Brown and TCR’s Dave Wooder, they were both on the podium during the 2015 Ginetta Junior Winter Series. Both drivers have also taken wins so far this season. Lewis Brown has taken a first place, second place and third place on the podium. Whereas, Dave Wooder has become a regular podium contender after finishing on the podium in half of the twelve rounds so far fought this season.
HHC’s Charlie Fagg, TCR’s Connor Grady and JHR Debvelopments’ Seb Perez have all made appearances on the podium during the Winter Series races. Charlie Fagg is the only one to have added to his trophy cabinet so far this year but they will very likely be at the sharp end throughout this weekend. JHR Developments duo of Geri Nicosia and Kyle Hornby are both chasing their first podium of the 2016 season after coming so close but not being able to achieve stepping onto the podium. Geri Nicosia was also on the podium last year at Snetterton where he took his maiden Rookie class podium. No doubt Nicosia and Hornby will be fighting at the sharp end of the grid this weekend.
So far this year it is Douglas Motorsport’s Daniel Harper leading the Rookie Class championship, he has been on the Rookie podium as well as the overall podium an impressive five times. He currently has a forty-two-point lead over second placed Seb Priaulx for JHR Developments. Elite Motorsport’s Harry King will be looking to get back on the podium. He is known to be successful around the circuit after taking three out of the four Rookie Class wins during the Winter Series last year. Third place in the Rookie Class championship is HHC’s Tom Gamble who will be looking to beat Harry King, who is currently fourth in the standings, to keep ahead. Some other drivers the top rookies will have to keep an eye on are; Elite Motrosport’s Tom Wood, Douglas Motorsport’s Enzo Fittipaldi, TCR’s Jordan Collard and Mectech Motorsport’s Anthony Ayres. JHR’s Dhyllan Skiba and Rob Boston Racing’s Greg Johnson may just surprise people and be challenging too.
After showing some impressive pace on his debut within the championship last time out at Croft, JHR Development’s Olli Caldwell will be looking to repeat his success and take another rookie podium like he did at Croft. Caldwell will not be the ‘new kid on the block’ anymore as Alex Day will be returning to the championship with Tollbar Racing after sitting out the beginning of the season due to focusing on exams. Alex has previously been successful around the Norfolk circuit and will definitely be one to watch as he makes his return.
There will be two races taking place this weekend, who will come out on top? Will returnee Alex Day be successful and make all the other competitors realise he’s back? Or will Middleton and Tregurtha dominate like previous rounds? This championship is definitely one to keep an eye on. If you’re unable to attend the circuit you can watch live on ITV4 on Sunday, no doubt the Ginetta Junior drivers will entertain many spectators.
©Fay Tilley 27th July 2016.