It’s been an ultra-competitive season so far in the Ginetta Junior Championship, with the opening twelve races producing no less than fifteen different top six finishers and nine separate Rookie Cup podium finishers.
Those results have created an intriguing championship battle between Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha, with Lewis Brown and Dave Wooder hot on their heels, whilst Daniel Harper currently leads the Rookie class ahead of Seb Priaulx and Tom Gamble.
It’s not the title fights that will be providing the must-watch racing that the championship is renowned for though, with plenty of other drivers and teams keen to make an impact throughout the field as we head into the second half of the year.
We’ve looked outside the championship battles and picked five drivers that we feel are ones to watch in the remaining races as they aim to improve on a tough season so far, rekindle former glories or push on to new heights in the series.
Olli Caldwell – JHR Developments
Caldwell made a sensational championship debut last month at Croft, securing a top five overall finish and a Rookie class podium in his first ever car race – one that came just a week after his fourteenth birthday.
With plenty of testing miles under his belt across pre-season and official Friday testing, it maybe shouldn’t come as a complete surprise that Caldwell was so quickly at home with his Ginetta G40 and it’s going to be fascinating to see how far up the grid he can reach.
Kyle Hornby – JHR Developments
After impressively taking a pair of podium finishes in his maiden campaign last season, Hornby was hoping to be a “major contender” in the title battle this season, but it’s proved to be a much tougher season than anticipated so far.
With former champions JHR Developments, Hornby has so far only been able to take a best finish of seventh so far, but with the pace he showed last season, it’d be a surprise if luck doesn’t turn in his favour and the 17 year old could well feature on the podium before season’s end.
Harry King – Elite Motorsport
Taking the fight to the big name Junior outfits like HHC, JHR and Douglas, the small Elite team have been tasting success this season with King and his team-mate Tom Wood, with the former leading the charge with four Rookie class podiums so far.
King burst into the spotlight with a superb performance at the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, where he followed up a breakthrough Rookie rostrum with a season’s best fourth place finish overall, results he’ll be aiming to replicate as the season progresses.
Charlie Fagg – HHC Motorsport
Ever since joining the championship just shy of the halfway mark last season, Fagg was threatening a real breakthrough result in the championship and it eventually came at Oulton Park as a superb drive netted him a second place finish.
With the maiden podium under his belt plus two fourth place results in the next two races, Fagg should be a contender for race wins in the remaining five meetings, particularly as he returns to tracks he raced on last season.
Max Bird – Total Control Racing
Bird got his maiden Junior campaign off to a sensational start with fourth overall in the season opener and three Rookie podiums in the first five races, but since then it’s been much tougher going for the TCR ace.
From Thruxton onwards the Chichester-based racer hasn’t finished inside the top ten, a record he’ll be keen to bring to a close. Bird showed in the opening rounds that he has the pace and he’ll be on a mission to re-establish himself amongst the top rookies in the field.
The 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship returns to action with Rounds 13 and 14 at Snetterton in Norfolk over the weekend of July 30/31.