For the third round of the 2019 Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, the youngsters shall take on the UK’s fastest track, Thruxton, 18/19 June. This is the first of two rounds at Thruxton due to the closure of Rockingham.
Following the triple header at Donington Park, James Taylor leads the championship, taking a podium finish in every race so far.
James Hedley, Richardson Racing and top Rookie Zak O’Sullivan, Douglas Motorsport, are also contenders for the top spot as they currently sit in second and third.
Nine of the juniors failed to complete all three races so they will be looking to make up for points lost; Thruxton is bound to result in some close and competitive racing.
Richardson Racing who run James Taylor, Will Martin and Casper Stevenson had an interesting weekend. The first race consisted of technical issues to Hedleys car but a red flag meant the team were able to get it out.
Race two went smoothly for the team Hedely took first , Martin took fifth an Stevenson took seventh.
Race three saw multiple spin offs resulting in Martin taking seventh, Stevenson taking eleventh. However Hedley did well and took third. In the current championship standings Taylor sits in second. Stevenson in ninth followed closely by Martin in tenth.
Roman Bilinksi will be looking to improve, as he currently sits in twenty-fourth despite crossing the line in first in race one. He got given a technical disqualification in post race check which meant he lost his podium. Bilinski then did not finish race two but went on to finish tenth in the third and final race of the weekend.
Despite the bad weather at Donington Haytham Qarajouli set his personal best finish in race one of the weekend. His personal best is now a tenth place finish, and fifth in the rookie class. Qarajouli crossed the line in eleventh but due to a technical disqualification of the race leader,Bilinski, everyone moved up a place.
Championship Standings ahead of Thruxton, after Brands Hatch and three races at Donington Park are as follows:
|Round One||Round Two||Round. 3||Total|
|1||James Hedley||Elite Motorsport||36||31||36||161|
|2||James Taylor||Richardson Racing||22||35||26||119|
|3||Zak O’Sullivan (R)||Douglas Motorsport||30||14||30||116|
|4||Lorcan Hanafin||Douglas Motorsport||14||18||22||92|
|5||Theo Edgerton (R)||TCR||26||22||0||83|
|6||Gus Burton||Douglas Motorsport||20||26||20||80|
|7||Tom Emson||Elite Motorsport||2||7||4||72|
|8||Josh Rattican (R)||R-Racing With In2Racing||18||12||6||62|
|9||Will Martin||Richardson Racing||0||20||16||56|
|11||Casper Stevenson (R)||Richardson Racing||16||16||12||45|
|12||Harry Dyson||Premiership Academy Racing||12||0||9||44|
|13||Joel Pearson (R)||Elite Motorsport||10||8||10||36|
|14||Frankie Taylor (R)||SVG Racing||5||6||8||30|
|15||Ben O’Hare||Premiership Academy Racing||0||9||0||26|
|16||Daniel Gale (R)||TCR||0||4||7||25|
|17||Charlie McLeod (R)||Premiership Academy Racing||7||0||4||24|
|18||Bailey Voisin (R)||Douglas Motorsport||8||5||5||23|
|19||Haytham Qarajouli (R)||TCR||11||6||1||21|
|20||Freddie Tomlinson (R)||Douglas Motorsport||4||2||3||18|
|21||Ben Kasperczak (R)||In2Racing||6||10||0||16|
|22||Will Rochford (R)||TCR||9||1||0||16|
|23||Molly Dodd (R)||Premiership Academy Racing||3||0||2||11|
|24||Roman Bilinski (R)||Romski Racing||1||0||11||7|
|25||Ethan Brooks (R)||TCR||0||3||0||3|
Roman Bilinski and Romski Racing have decided to move on from partnering with In2Racing. Bilinski is still racing at Thruxton, and is now partnering with Alastair Rushforth.
Bilinski’s withdrawal from In2Racing allowed the team to take on sixteen year old Charlie McLeod; with the aim to help McLeod progress up the grid.
After his last minute arrival to the championship, Ben Kasperczak finally has his own car to race, and his iconic bright livery is to be revealed this weekend.
The scheduled racing for this weekend , 18/19 May, at Thruxton is: Saturday 17:30 qualifying , Sunday 10:45 race one, 15:50 race two.