Car-racing rookie Tom Skinner is targeting an entry into the Ginetta Junior Championship this season, though the karting graduate has admitted he’s struggling to raise the budget required to do so.
The 16 year old is looking to make his first move into car racing as a privateer in the one-make championship, alongside outings in historic racing alongside his father Richard in his Marcos 1800 GT (pictured).
“Ginetta Juniors looks like one of the best ways into motorsport, it’s for drivers my age, produces close racing and is on one of the largest platforms in motorsport,” Skinner told TheCheckeredFlag.co.uk.
“I was initially looking to run with a team, but I took a step back and looked at the pricings of joining a team and running as a privateer. Prices drop by 60% by running yourself, compared to being with a team, so entering as a privateer looks to be the way forward.”
The Twickenham-based racer is struggling to raise the budget required to buy one of the Ginetta G40 Junior’s used in the series though, leaving him targeting a half campaign at best unless he can find more backing.
“The problem is that there aren’t any more cars to hire out so buying my own car is the only option for me, and this is where we’re struggling budget wise,” he added. “There really isn’t much hope for getting out for the start of the season, but at the moment we are looking to do the second half of the season.”