Sennan Fielding emerged from a tightly-contested Ginetta Junior Championship title battle as the 2012 series runner-up, a great result to round off a superb two years in the championship. The Checkered Flag spoke with Sennan after the final round of the season at Brands Hatch to discuss his 2012 campaign and his hopes for the future.
Fielding entered the season as one of the pre-season title favourites, joining Charlie Robertson and Niall Murray as highly-rated second year drivers in the series. Fielding was instantly in the title mix and remained in contention all season, eventually losing out on the final weekend, finishing up second in the championship, 26 points behind champion Robertson.
The 17 year old ended the season with five races wins and five other podiums to his name, as well as three pole positions and five fastest laps. He also ended as one of the most consistent drivers in the series, being one of only two drivers not to retire from a single race all season, though unfortunately this consistency couldn’t be mixed with more frequent race wins to give him the title.
“I’m pleased with it, but it could have been better” said Fielding, reflecting on the season. “I felt earlier on in the season we were challenging and I hoped we could head into this final meeting really in contention, but while we’ve not had a retirement, we’ve had some bad luck and problems in a few of the races.
“It’s been a very up and down season, we’ve had some brilliant results, a few wins, but also a few where we’ve come down the bottom. We’ve come out of it really happy, as second is a pretty good result.”
Fielding’s superb second place in the championship came despite the JHR Developments driver being on the backfoot throughout the season, with his budget for the season restricting him from completing as much testing as some of his rivals during the season, putting him at a disadvantage at some meetings.
“We’ve not had the biggest of budgets for this season and we’ve not had the testing miles compared to some people who are in the car nearly every week. So we go to the tracks and are getting quicker every session, whereas others can be quicker from the start, so with that I think we did well to get second.”
The second place championship finish brings to an end a two-year spell in the championship for Fielding, who entered the series as the Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner at the start of the 2011 season, with the Chesterfield-based racer being hugely thankful to Ginetta for their assistance during his time in the series.
“I’ve got to be thankful to Ginetta, they’ve done a hell of a lot for me and been great really. All the staff at Ginetta are really great friends, you can have a laugh with them and I’ve really enjoyed it.”
Fielding’s stay in Ginetta competition might not be over though, with a graduation up to the G50 or Challenge series’ amongst the options Fielding is considering for 2013. He admits that he hopes his future can lie in single-seater competition, with Formula 4, Formula Ford and Formula Renault BARC all being options under consideration for next season.
“I’d prefer single-seaters, but the budget for them is a lot, so we have no idea at the moment. We’re going to have a bit of a break now and then hopefully test a few different cars and see what happens, see what the best deal and sponsorship we can get.”