Ten returning drivers and seven rookies make up the entry list for the 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship Winter Series, which takes place this weekend (7/8 November) at Snetterton.
For the third season in succession the full series will take place across one weekend at the Norfolk circuit, with one qualifying session and two races on each day providing ample track time for the seventeen car grid.
Lewis Brown enters as the highest placed driver from the main 2015 season. An impressive campaign saw him card five podium finishes on his way to third in the overall standings, and he links up with reigning champions HHC Motorsport for the first time as he targets the Winter title.
Four other returning drivers have a strong chance of emerging victorious and following in the footsteps of former Winter champions Jamie Caroline, James Kellett, Harry Woodhead, George Gamble and Seb Morris, all of whom have since gone on to taste outright Ginetta title success.
Will Tregurtha joins Brown in making the switch to HHC and he’ll be spurred on by a season’s best fourth at Snetterton in August, while fellow HHC contender Charlie Fagg showed huge progress in his six meeting run that ended with a maiden top six finish.
Stuart Middleton is sure to be a title contender with Douglas Motorsport, having secured three podium finishes en-route to second in the Rookie Cup this season, while Total Control Racing’s Dave Wooder is one to watch having finished fourth twice in the last two meetings of the year.
Geri Nicosia, Sebastian Perez, Rowan Bailey, Connor Grady and Frank Bird were all top twelve finishers across the campaign meanwhile and will be aiming to move forwards this weekend, especially Nicosia who took a breakthrough top six in Norfolk earlier this year.
Leading the newcomers to the grid meanwhile is 2015 Ginetta Junior Ireland champion Jordan Dempsey, who will be competing in a Ginetta G40 for the first time, and Seb Priaulx, the son of three-time WTCC champion Andy.
Priaulx finished second in last week’s Ginetta Junior Scholarship, and third-placed Harry King and fellow finalist Max Bird will also be making their Ginetta racing debuts with Elite Motorsport and Xentek Motorsport respectively.
Anthony Ayres will make his debut with Mectech Motorsport ahead of a full campaign in 2016, while Ginetta Junior Ireland runner-up James Roe and Charlie Digby are also competing with Tollbar Racing and HHC respectively.
The Ginetta Junior Winter Series will be running alongside the BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton, with the Dunlop Mini7 Challenge Invitation Races and MSVR All Comers series also on the bill.
The weekend is set to end with a fireworks display on Sunday evening, with tickets costing £14 for each day on the gate, or £10 for each day, £18 for the weekend online.
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