The stars of the Ginetta Junior Championship are preparing for their final rounds of the 2011 season at Silverstone, with the talented young racers sure to put on a real show as they aim to steal the limelight away from newly crowned champion Seb Morris.
Hillspeed's Morris confirmed himself as champion last time out at Brands Hatch, the 15 year old capping off a superb season with has seen him take eleven wins and three other podiums in the eighteen races so far. Morris will be looking to add to those tallies at Silverstone, but will have to overcome a lot of determined drivers to do so.
Heading them will be Charlie Robertson and George Gamble, the two Ginetta rookies having had a titanic fight over second in the points standings all campaign. A third win of the season at Brands has given Robertson a 61 point lead over Gamble, the latter having only managed to finish one of the last four races, meaning that barring disaster, Robertson will be crowned the 2011 vice champion.
Another great battle is taking place for fourth in the championship, between privateer Max Coates and another first-year racer Niall Murray. Coates took his third podium of the year at Brands to move into fourth, but will have to work hard to keep it from the in-form Murray, the 2010 Ginetta Junior Ireland champion having taken four podiums in the last four races, including a maiden series win at Brands.
Completing the top ten in the championship standings are five hard charging drivers all looking to end their seasons on the podium. William Foster sits sixth, the Tollbar Racing driver suffering a tough run in the seires, with three retirements in five races, with his team-mate Tom Howard sitting eighth after also suffering a disappointing run of form.
Sandwiching them in the standings is Sennan Fielding, the Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner taking a double podium finish in Rockingham as the highlight of a strong maiden season. Ninth is Jake Giddings, the FML driver taking two podiums so far in a mis-match season, while rounding out the top ten is Myles Collins, the HHC Motorsport driver being agonisingly close to a maiden win last time out at Brands, though his participation at Silverstone is in doubt due to budget problems.
2011 Ginetta Junior Championship Standings (After Rd. 18 of 20):
- Seb Morris – 545 points (Champion)
- Charlie Robertson – 420 points
- George Gamble – 359 points
- Max Coates- 299 points
- Niall Murray – 291 points
- Will Foster – 284 points
- Sennan Fielding – 244 points
- Tom Howard – 241 points
- Jake Giddings – 211 points
- Myles Collins – 208 points