The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Winter Series arrives at Brands Hatch this weekend (18 / 19 November 2017) with an exciting grid of teenage racing drivers ready to go head-to-head in a bid to take home this year’s final Ginetta championship title.
All eyes will undoubtedly be on Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion Kiern Jewiss. Returning to the Douglas Motorsport squad, he’s the highest-placed returning driver on the grid and is aiming for the title. Joining him at Douglas Motorsport is Ruben Del Sarte – who finished third in this year’s rookie championship – and series newcomer Ethan Hawkey, brother of former Junior racer Esmee.
Elsewhere, Elite Motorsport leads the way in terms of volume of entries, with a massive eight cars running under their banner this weekend. Heading their charge will be Adam Smalley. This year’s Rookie vice-champion and the outgoing Ginetta Junior Scholar will be hoping to round out his scholarship season with an overall victory.
Smalley is joined at the team by two of his 2017 rivals; Fin Green and Greg Johnson. The rest of the team is made up of rookie drivers. James Hedley and Louis Foster maintain their Rookie status having only contested the final two and three rounds respectively.
Eddie Ives’ squad is completed by a trio of Ginetta Junior Scholarship graduates from both 2016 and 2017. This year’s entrant Brandon Martland will be joining 2016 competitors Tom Emson and Jenson Butterfield for the two-day event.
TCR are back with a pair of rookie racers. Local driver Conner David is joined at the team by Sam Neary. The latter is the son of British GT racer Richard Neary and another Ginetta Junior Scholarship finalist making his debut in the championship. The team is completed by the return of Tom Canning.
Gordon Mutch won his place on the grid through a competition with Fox Motorsport. He makes the step up from the Junior Saloon Car Championship. Completing the grid is Ben O’Hare who will be making his debut as a Privateer.
As with previous years, the weekend will feature one qualifying session and two races per day, meaning the event will essentially run as two back-to-back Ginetta Junior Championship meetings. The winner will be the driver who amasses the most points over the four races.
The winner’s prize includes a half price entry into the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship or the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. Prizes are also on offer for second and third overall, as well as the Top Rookie and the hotly fought “Hard Charger” award for the most positions gained over the four races.
As a proving ground for some of the 2018 drivers, it looks set to be yet another exciting Ginetta Junior Winter Series as we round out the 2017 motorsport season.