Winter Series Champion Middleton: “It Feels Fantastic”

Stuart Middleton says he is surprised and delighted with his dominant title win in the 2015 Ginetta Junior Winter Series at Snetterton this past weekend.

Running with Douglas Motorsport, Middleton was a class above the field in the four-race series, taking the first three race wins on offer to secure the title with a race to spare.

Despite missing out on both the pole positions on offer across the weekend, Middleton would show unbeatable pace in the wet races, especially in the opening encounter.

From second on the grid, Middleton would take the lead on lap one and pull clear from the field throughout en-route to a sensational seventeen and a half second victory.

That set the tone for the remainder of the weekend, with Middleton leading from pole to flag in race two, before climbing from fifth on the grid to the lead every lap of race three.

Win number three, coming with a similar 8.5s victory margin to race two, secured the title for Middleton, who would go on to finish the final race in fourth after battling a sticking throttle.

The title success continues Middleton’s rapid progression in the Junior series, having won the Scholarship competition twelve months ago before finishing as Rookie Cup vice-champion this year.

“It felt absolutely fantastic to win the championship with a race to spare, it really gives us a big confidence boost for next year,” said Middleton.

“We just got quicker and quicker in the wet, from testing through to qualifying and the races, and that was good experience to have too.

“I was a bit surprised to start with at how quick we were in the wet, but the team gave me a fantastic car and it gave me a lot of confidence to carry a lot of speed into the corners.

“We’ve had very good pace against some quick drivers with an extra year of experience this weekend, so that is really positive for us ahead of next season.”