Dominant Mitchell Leads Junior Field Into Croft

Jack Mitchell holds a healthy 66 point lead atop the Ginetta Junior Championship heading into Rounds Nine and Ten of the season at Croft this weekend.

JHR Developments racer Mitchell returned to his dominant form last time out at Oulton Park, bouncing back from a tough weekend at Thruxton in perfect style by carding another pair of race victories.

Those successes make it six wins in eight races so far this season for the Airwaves Racing-backed driver, and he’ll be targeting two more this weekend to extend his advantage heading into the five week summer break.

Mitchell didn’t have it all his own way at Oulton though, with a resurgent James Kellett pushing him close, the reigning Rookie Cup and Winter Series champion returning to form in Cheshire with a pair of second place finishes.

Those were his first podium finishes since the opening race of the season, and with an 83 point deficit to Mitchell to try and breach, Kellett will be targeting victories this weekend at the home circuit for himself and his HHC Motorsport team.

Sitting between Kellett and Mitchell in the standings is Ryan Hadfield. The R&J Motorsport ace has finished in the top four in six of the eight races so far, taking three podium finishes, and the next target now is a maiden Ginetta Junior victory.

One of the in-form drivers heading to Croft is Jamie Caroline. The first year racer made it four podiums in a row in race one at Oulton, however a race two disqualification ended that run, a disappointment he’ll be aiming to overcome with more top three finishes this weekend.

Caroline secured his first Junior win at Thruxton in early May, as did fellow rookie Dan Zelos. In a similar fashion, Zelos also found the going tougher at Oulton as he fought back from a disappointing qualifying, and a pair of top six finishes will be in his sights at Croft.

Zelos’ JHR Developments team-mate Jamie Chadwick showed great pace at Oulton, however once again luck was against her as last corner contact cost her a third podium of the year. She’ll be aiming to make amends this time out and challenge for a maiden Ginetta Junior victory.

The perpetrator of that contact was Lando Norris, the HHC racer having been chasing his third podium of the year. A return to the rostrum will be his target once again this weekend, and his efforts will be aided by his team’s local knowledge.

Also hoping to be in the podium mix will be Oulton Rookie Cup winner Alex Sedgwick, R&J Motorsport duo Ben Pearson and Jonathan Hadfield, and top six finishers Willian Taylforth and Jack Rawles.

Provisional 2014 Ginetta Junior Championship Standings (After Rd.8 of 20):

1. Jack Mitchell – JHR Developments – 238pts
2. Ryan Hadfield – R&J Motorsport – 172pts
3. Jamie Caroline – Total Control Racing – 171pts
4. James Kellett – HHC Motorsport – 155pts
5. Ben Pearson – R&J Motorsport – 144pts
6. Dan Zelos – JHR Developments – 136pts
7. Jamie Chadwick – JHR Developments – 120pts
8. Wlliam Taylforth – HHC Motorsport – 103pts
9. Lando Norris – HHC Motorsport – 102pts
10. Jack Rawles – Tollbar Racing – 100pts