2013 Rookie Cup champion James Kellett and 2012 Scholarship winner Jamie Chadwick top the entry for this weekend’s 2013 ATL Racing Fuel Cells Ginetta Junior Winter Series.
The annual end-of-season event takes place at Snetterton, with a warm-up, qualifying and two races taking place each day.
Kellett heads into the weekend with HHC Motorsport as the favourite for the title after a superb maiden season that saw him take the Rookie Cup title. The 15 year old took three podium finishes, including a maiden win at Rockingham, during the campaign and will be hoping for more at Snetterton.
Hot on his heels though will be Chadwick, who remains with JHR Developments for the contest. The 15 year old will her sights set on making a first trip to the podium over the weekend, having taken a best finish of fifth during the main campaign.
Kellett meanwhile isn’t the only race-winner in the winter field though, with Jack Mitchell also entering the fray. The privateer took an outright race win this season at Snetterton in August, so will be confident of replicating that success this weekend.
Rookie Cup race-winner Jack Rawles will be hoping to challenge for the race wins, as will Ben Pearson, who took a strong top six finish during the main season visit to Norfolk.
Fellow returnees from the main season include James Webb, Ryan and Jonathan Hadfield, who will run under their new R&J Motorsport banner, and William Taylforth with HHC.
As is convention with the winter series, the grid will also feature a number of drivers making their car-racing debuts.
Former Junior Scholarship entrants Harry Hardy and Dan Zelos join with HHC and JHR respectively, while Alex Reed and Tom Parker are moving over from the Fiesta Junior and SAXMAX series respectively.
Ginetta Junior Winter Series champions have a history of using the success as a springboard for the following season, with winter victors Seb Morris (2010) and Harry Woodhead (2012) winning the overall title the year after, so this year’s field will be targeting the title this weekend to give themselves the momentum heading into the new year.