James Kellett is not going to give up without a fight after keeping the Ginetta Junior Championship title battle going into the Brands Hatch season finale next weekend.
Kellett enjoyed his best meeting of the season so far at Silverstone this past weekend, converting his first two pole positions of the campaign into a win and a second place finish.
Those results meant the HHC Motorsport ace prevented long-time championship leader Jack Mitchell from wrapping up the title a weekend early.
While Mitchell only needs to take one point at Brands to secure the honours, leaving it massively unlikely for Kellett to emerge victorious, the reigning Winter Series champion is pleased to have given himself the opportunity.
“It probably won’t come my way at Brands, but anything could happen so it was important to get the win to at least give myself a chance at winning the championship,” Kellett reflected.
“It’s going to be very hard for me to do it though, but either way I want to take both of the wins at Brands to finish the championship on a high.”
The Silverstone weekend produced two of the most memorable Ginetta Junior races in the championship’s history, with a pair of enthralling encounters full of overtaking around the short national circuit.
Kellett feels the quality of racing through the field shows the depth of talent on the grid, and is delighted to be one of the drivers at the top of the order.
“There’s been some really good driving in the championship this year, there’s some great drivers competing,” he commented. “It’s a huge confident boost for me to know that I’m one of the best in the championship, and that thousands of people are watching me racing at the front.”
Not only has Kellett been racing at the front, but recent meetings have seen himself and his HHC Motorsport team-mate Lando Norris almost dominate proceedings, with six one-two finishes and a total of eight race wins between themselves in the last ten races.
Those results have moved them up to second and third in the drivers standings, and Kellett feels the success is the reward for a season of hard work.
“I think determination to win is the key factor to the success,” he added. “We’ve got two of the best drivers on the grid, Lando [Norris] is fantastic, and we’ve worked together, pushed each other, and worked really hard with the team to get the car spot on, and it’s come together really well in the last few meetings.”