Ginetta Juniors Stat Attack: Oulton Park


The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship served another pair of action-packed races at Oulton Park last weekend, and we’ve crunched the numbers to find out what it all means.

Once again we saw a new name grace the top of the timesheets in qualifying, with Will Tregurtha becoming the third driver in successive meetings to take his maiden pole position.

Tregurtha’s achievement continues the championship’s remarkable run of producing thirteen different pole-sitters in the last fourteen qualifying sessions.

Dave Wooder finished second quickest and was denied top spot at Oulton for a second consecutive season by only 0.097 seconds – though he wouldn’t have been able to take it anyway due to a grid penalty from Thruxton.

Seb Priaulx was third overall, which marked the best qualifying performance from a Rookie driver so far this season, eclipsing his own fourth place result from Brands Hatch.

Tregurtha and Priaulx were the only two drivers to achieve their best Junior qualifying results ever meanwhile, though Charlie Fagg did match his previous best of fifth.

Priaulx Holds The Best Qualifying Average (4.5) For A Rookie Driver - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Priaulx Holds The Best Qualifying Average (4.5) For A Rookie Driver – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Tregurtha, Priaulx and Stuart Middleton meanwhile remain the only three drivers to have qualified in the top six in every session so far, with Wooder and Lewis Brown the others to take top tens each time.

In the races, Tregurtha led the way once again to take the first double win of his car-racing career and become the first driver to win two Junior races in a weekend so far this season.

The successes means Tregurtha has now carded five consecutive podium finishes, the best run of anyone so far this year, though Middleton has the most podiums in total with seven.

Joining the podium club for the first time meanwhile was Fagg who secured second place in the opening race, becoming the seventh different podium finisher this campaign.

Fagg’s podium came as part of a HHC Motorsport one-two, the first instance of a team locking out the top two positions in a race so far this season – it only happened twice in the whole of 2015.

Alongside Fagg, five other drivers achieved the best race results of their Junior careers – Seb Perez (4th), Connor Grady (7th), Tom Wood (8th), Dhyllan Skiba (14th) and Anthony Ayres (14th).

Grady Took The Biggest Weekend Points Haul (27) Of His Junior Career - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Grady Took The Biggest Weekend Points Haul (27) Of His Junior Career – Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Tenth and seventh place finishes for Grady marked his first top ten results of the season, meaning eighteen different drivers on the grid have now achieved that feat this year.

While Tregurtha won both races, he didn’t set the fastest lap in either. That accolade went to Wooder both times, his first fastest laps in the championship.

Tregurtha’s clean sweep of leading all the racing laps in Cheshire mean he has now risen to the top of the standings for laps led (30) and miles led (56.495), though Middleton isn’t far behind in either.

The best overtakers of the weekend meanwhile were Cameron Roberts and Grady, who both rose nine positions from their starting positions across the two races.

They achieved them in different styles too, Grady climbing from 16th to 10th in race one, and then to 7th in race two, while in the second encounter Roberts stormed through from 20th to 11th.

The 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship is back in action next weekend (18/19 June) at Croft.