James Kellett feels he’s close to ending the dominance of Ginetta Junior Championship leader Jack Mitchell after putting him under immense pressure in both races at Oulton Park.
While Mitchell left Cheshire with both race wins and an extended 66 point advantage at the top of the standings, Kellett proved himself as the fastest car on track on race day by posting the fastest lap in each encounter.
HHC Motorsport’s Kellett particularly impressed in Sunday’s live-televised Round 8, sticking to the leader’s rear bumper throughout the seven-lap encounter, but just not being able to make a move stick for the win.
“I tried everything I could, I made four attempts on the final lap alone, I just didn’t have the legs on him to make it stick. It was extremely hard out there, especially at the start with the wet patches off the line which made it difficult to overtake,” Kellett told TCF.
Confident he’s got the pace to regularly battle with Mitchell on track now after a tough start to the season, the reigning Rookie Cup and Winter Series champion is now focusing on maximising his car and driving to start closing his 83 point deficit to Mitchell, starting next time out at his and HHC’s home circuit Croft.
“I’ve proved that I’m faster than him, I just need to work a bit on my driving, with my overtaking, and also work with the team on the car to try and find that little bit more of an edge to help me beat him consistently,” added Kellett.
“We’ve been testing at Croft a little bit this season and hopefully if we can find a set-up that works, I’m confident we will do well there.”