KARTER SENNAN FIELDING WINS GINETTA JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP AND Â£60K SEASON IN 2011 SERIES Prize drive goes down to wire with 3-driver shoot out A 14 year old karting champion from Chesterfield has scooped the top prize in the Ginetta Junior...
KARTER SENNAN FIELDING WINS GINETTA JUNIOR SCHOLARSHIP AND £60K SEASON IN 2011 SERIES
Prize drive goes down to wire with 3-driver shoot out
A 14 year old karting champion from Chesterfield has scooped the top prize in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship -- a fully funded season in the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship, worth a staggering £60,000!
Sennan Fielding, whose is named after Formula One ace Ayrton Senna, impressed a panel of judges which included Ginetta Chairman Lawrence Tomlinson to beat off stiff competition from 60 other wannabe racing drivers in order to take the top prize. The youngster, who started karting at the age of 8 and won the Lincoln Kart Club Championship in 2005 was crowned CIK Western European Karting Champion earlier this year.
Teenagers from all over the country attended the scholarship which was held over three days at Leicestershire's Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome where they all had the chance to get behind the wheel of the 1800 CC Zetec engined Ginetta G40. Twelve drivers from the first two days were invited to attend the Grand Final where they were judged on driving ability and flair, overall fitness and media skills.
So high was the standard of driving that a dead heat was called between Sennan Fielding, Knaresborough's Myles Collins and Peterborough's Callum Bowyer -- with all three invited to do three laps with Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson as passenger!
Next big thing? Winner Sennan Fielding and the Ginetta G40
Tomlinson, himself an accomplished racing driver who won GT2 class at Le Mans in 2006 said: "I was absolutely staggered by the level of driving talent of the twelve finalists and picking out a winner was the hardest job I've ever had to do -- so we had no choice but to do down to a final shoot-out between Myles, Callum and Sennan. All of them were exceptional but on the day it was Sennan who demonstrated the utmost in sheer driving capability and I think he will do very well next season. We will aim to familiarise him in the car over the winter and see how he gets on in his first competitive outing next April at Brands Hatch. It's a big step up from karting to the G40 but I am confident we have a new superstar on our hands!"
Ecstatic winner Sennan said: "I just can't believe it -- it's like a dream come true for me to think I will be out on the grid in the Ginetta Junior Championship next year. I've been following the Juniors on ITV4 all season but never imagined I'd be competing myself. It was a thrill just to drive the G40 on the first day and when I got through to the final I was pleased...but to win is just out of this world. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Ginetta and can't wait to be part of the action next season."
The Ginetta Junior Championship is the UK's highest profile series for young drivers wanting to cut their teeth in the high-octane world of motorsport. Supporting the famous British Touring Car Championship and offering massive television exposure on ITV, it's a genuine avenue into top level racing including Formula One and 24 Hours of Le Mans and has spawned a host of driving talent in its 4 year history. Just last year 16 year old Yorkshire teenager Sarah Moore won the title, making her the first ever female winner of a British Touring Car Championship and scooping her a host of industry accolades including Autosport's Club Driver of the Year. In 2008 her elder brother Nigel took the Championship and in 2009 went on to become the youngest ever British driver to compete at the famous 24 hour Le Mans race.