Stuart Middleton holds the early advantage in the Ginetta Junior Championship as the series heads to Donington Park this weekend (16/17 April), but it’s all to play in Leicestershire as the 21 strong grid prepares for its first triple-header meeting of the season.
Middleton and Will Tregurtha shared the wins on a competitive opening weekend at Brands Hatch, with the former topping the standings after backing up his race two victory with second in the opening encounter.
The reigning Winter Series champion holds an eleven point advantage at the top of the standings to Dave Wooder, who also finished twice on the podium at Brands with second and third place results and now has a maiden series victory in his sights.
Tregurtha followed up his win with a top five finish in race two following a thrilling battle that also included Cameron Roberts, who took his best Junior result so far with fourth. Both drivers should be a presence at the front of the field again this time out.
Lewis Brown will be one to watch too this weekend. The third year contender showed his speed in the second Brands race, climbing through the field from fourteenth to snatch third place at the final corner, and he was a podium finisher at Donington twelve months ago.
Another driver to show promising pace at the circuit last season with a top six finish was Kyle Hornby, and the JHR Developments ace will be keen to be at the sharp end of the grid this time out after a disappointing start to his 2016 campaign.
His JHR team-mates Geri Nicosia and Seb Perez will be hoping to build on solid starts to their seasons, having taken a best of seventh and tenth respectively at Brands, while Charlie Fagg should be a podium contender after producing top five pace in qualifying.
Tied at the top of the Rookie Cup after the first two races are Tom Gamble and Dan Harper, the duo both securing a pair of top eight overall finishes – Gamble with a best of fifth while Harper briefly climbed as high as third in race two.
Seb Priaulx showed his pace with fourth in qualifying but was unlucky in the races, while Max Bird carried over his Winter Series pace with fourth overall in the opening race. Jordan Collard showed flashes of his potential too, but found himself caught up in the midfield tussling.
Local racer Tom Wood will be eager to impress this weekend, likewise his Elite Motorsport stablemate Harry King, whilst the likes of Enzo Fittipaldi, Anthony Ayres and Greg Johnson will be looking to progress with more race experience under their belts.
The addition of a third fifteen minute race this weekend comes at the expense of the usual free practice session on Saturday morning, meaning the first competitive action for the Juniors will come with qualifying at 09:30.
A busy Saturday will see two races follow, at 14:30 and 17:10 respectively, before the final race of the weekend comes on Sunday at 13:40, which will incorporate a reversed grid format.