2016 Ginetta Junior Championship: Season In Numbers


Following a thrilling, action-packed 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship season, we’ve crunched the numbers to see how Will Tregurtha emerged as the latest champion in the BTCC support series.

A full breakdown of all the key statistics for the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship season is below:

 

Race Wins

7 – Stuart Middleton

6 – Will Tregurtha

3 – Dave Wooder

2 – Lewis Brown, Daniel Harper, Harry King

1 – Seb Perez, Geri Nicosia, Seb Priaulx

 

Podium Finishes

14 – Middleton

13 – Tregurtha

12 – Wooder

7 – Brown, Harper

6 – Priaulx

5 – King

4 – Perez

2 – Charlie Fagg, Nicosia, Tom Wood

1 – Connor Grady

 

Top Six Finishes

22 – Tregurtha

18 – Brown

16 – Middleton, Wooder

11 – King

10 – Nicosia, Harper, Priaulx

7 – Fagg, Roberts

6 – Perez

4 – Wood

3 – Hornby, Grady, Tom Gamble

2 – Max Bird

1 – Jordan Collard, Olli Caldwell

 

Top Ten Finishes

23 – Tregurtha

22 – Middleton

21 – Brown, Nicosia

20 – Wooder

17 – Fagg, Harper

15 – Priaulx

14 – Perez

13 – King

12 – Hornby

11 – Wood

10 – Grady

9 – Roberts, Gamble

5 – Bird

4 – Caldwell

3 – Enzo Fittipaldi, Collard

1 – Harry Dyson

The Juniors produced nine different race-winners this season, which is by far a new championship record, comfortably beating the previous best of six. Out of those winners, only Brown had previously won a race in the series, the rest being first-time victors.

This is the first season since 2010 in which the series vice-champion has won more races than the champion, with Middleton taking more wins than any other non-champion in the previous four seasons, while Tom Ingram in 2010 was the last champion to win less races than Tregurtha.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pole Positions

3 – Tregurtha

2 – Middleton, Priaulx

1 – Wooder, Brown, Perez

 

Top Three Qualifying Results

6 – Tregurtha, Wooder

5 – Middleton

4 – Brown

3 – Perez, King, Priaulx

 

Top Six Qualifying Results

9 – Tregurtha, Priaulx

8 – Perez

7 – Middleton, Wooder

5 – Brown, Harper

4 – Fagg

3 – King

1 – Hornby, Nicosia, Roberts

 

Qualifying Average

2.67 – Tregurtha

4.30 – Middleton

4.90 – Wooder, Priaulx

6.10 – Perez

6.20 – Brown

7.20 – Harper

8.30 – Fagg

8.83 – Gamble

10.00 – Nicosia

Stuart Middleton - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Races Led

12 – Middleton

11 – Tregurtha

8 – Brown

5 – Wooder, Harper

4 – Perez

3 – King

2 – Priaulx

1 – Roberts

 

Laps Led

58 – Middleton

55 – Tregurtha

35 – Brown

30 – Wooder

21 – Harper

19 – Perez

13 – King

3 – Roberts, Priaulx

 

Miles Led

110.49 – Middleton

104.34 – Tregurtha

70.25 – Brown

49.63 – Wooder

46.91 – Harper

27.49 – Perez

25.31 – King

5.94 – Roberts

4.17 – Priaulx

 

Fastest Laps

7 – Middleton

5 – Brown

3 – Wooder, Harper, Tregurtha

1 – King, Roberts, Perez, Nicosia

Middleton and Tregurtha were incredibly well-matched through the season in terms of laps led, having left Rockingham on equal terms, with Middleton eventually emerging with the most courtesy of the four laps he led during the season finale, when Tregurtha was absent.

Both drivers would have a conversation rate of just over 50% for races led, with Middleton winning seven of the twelve he headed and Tregurtha six of eleven. The worst success rate would be by Brown though, who only won two of the eight races he led through the campaign.

Roberts would end the season as the only driver to lead a race but not take a victory, while on the other side, Nicosia holds the honour of being a race-winner despite never leading a lap – his success at Knockhill having come following post-race judicials.

Lewis Brown - Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Biggest Points Haul From A Two Race Weekend

71 – Tregurtha (Oulton Park)

67 – Middleton (Brands Hatch Indy)

65 – Brown (Brands Hatch GP)

62 – Harper (Snetterton), Middleton (Brands Hatch GP)

61 – Wooder (Thruxton)

60 – Tregurtha (Thruxton)

57 – Tregurtha (Snetterton), King (Snetterton)

56 – Wooder (Brands Hatch Indy), Middleton (Oulton Park)

55 – Tregurtha (Brands Hatch Indy)

 

Biggest Points Haul From A Three Race Weekend

100 – Wooder (Silverstone)

91 – Harper (Donington Park)

89 – Tregurtha (Rockingham)

84 – Priaulx (Silverstone)

82 – Middleton (Donington Park)

80 – Brown (Donington Park)

79 – Nicosia (Knockhill)

77 – Tregurtha (Knockhill)

76 – Middleton (Rockingham)

With triple header meetings re-introduced for the first time this season since a one-off for the 2007 season finale, Wooder’s Silverstone heroics did not only secure him the biggest points haul of the season, but also of championship history.

For the double-header meetings meanwhile, Tregurtha was just two points off a perfect score at Oulton Park, having missed out on both fastest laps on offer. The last 73 out of 73 points score was by Jack Mitchell in the 2014 season opener.

Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Rookie Cup Wins

7 – King, Priaulx

6 – Harper

2 – Wood

1 – Bird, Fittipaldi, Collard

 

Rookie Cup Podiums

15 – Harper

14 – King, Priaulx

10 – Wood

8 – Gamble

4 – Caldwell, Bird

3 – Collard

2 – Fittipaldi

1 – Dyson

 

Places Gained From Grid Position

69 – Wood

62 – Roberts

59 – Wooder

58 – King

54 – Nicosia

52 – Grady

50 – Brown

48 – Collard

38 – Fagg, Harper

36 – Hornby

35 – Middleton

32 – Perez

31 – Skiba

29 – Anthony Ayres

While Wood gained the most places across the season, Roberts’ tally impressively came in ten races less at an average of 4.13 places per race – with two standout drives in particular, 20th to 5th in race three at Croft, and 19th to 6th in race two at Donington Park.

There were eight instances in total of drivers gaining ten or more places in a single race this year, with Roberts’ tally of fifteen from Croft being the highest. Fagg and Middleton matched his next best of thirteen, while Wooder, Middleton and Collard (twice) were the others to make big moves.

It was King who would move forwards in the most races meanwhile, doing so in 17 of the 25 races, with his Elite Motorsport team-mate Wood and Nicosia close behind with 16. The average of the drivers that completed over half a season was 11.5 races.

If you missed it, you can read our full season review of the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship by clicking here, while a champions interview with Will Tregurtha is here.