Tight at the top of the Ginetta Challenge The Ginetta Challenge is building up nicely with eight races yet to run and the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit the venue for the next two races. With four different winners so far, and with three ...
Tight at the top of the Ginetta Challenge
The Ginetta Challenge is building up nicely with eight races yet to run and the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit the venue for the next two races.
With four different winners so far, and with three different shapes on the grid, this year's Ginetta Challenge is proving to be one of the most competitive for years. Alongside the faithful G20 model is the new G40, which took its first win at Rockingham, and the original Junior shape G20 with its closed top. Between them the three Ginetta models have provided great racing this season.
Andy Richardson (G20) heads the championship after a superb weekend at Pembrey in May launched him into the championship lead. He took three wins in South Wales and has been a consistent points scorer meaning that he arrives at Silverstone with 32 points in hand. The opposition, though, is tough: George Murrells won the season-opener at Oulton Park but then suffered a damaging accident in race two when he was the first driver to hit a fresh oil slick. With cars in the tyre wall, the race was stopped and declared null and void as barley three laps had been completed. Murrells raced well at Pembrey but had the odd incident that delayed him, while he was on the pace at Rockingham until he tangled with Dominic Pettit in race two and was speared off the road.
Pettit won the opening race at Rockingham and gave the first win for the G40. The new car is a sleeker shape but bigger and heavier and it has taken the teams a while to work around this to be on the pace of the G20s. Now that Pettit has proved he can run at the front, expect more fireworks this weekend from the former Junior front-runner. Pettit was a pace-setter in last year's championship and, now that he has found the pace in the car, should be a race winner again before the end of the season.
The most recent winner is Sean Huyton who claimed honours at Rockingham. Huyton had tangled in the first race with Richardson but bounced back in style to win a lively second 20-minute thrash and is only three points off Murrells for second place in the title race. Expect him to be pushing for points this weekend, too.
Add in Stuart Pearson and David Jackson, both of whom have been front-runners this season, plus the ever-quickening Matts Harris and Flowers and there should be some great racing at the front.
Elsewhere, keep an eye on Harry Whale, who was out of luck at Rockingham, Parisian Frederick Greiling in the closed G20 and Tom Mallett, all of whom will be battling hard around the fabulous Grand Prix circuit.
Free practice for the Ginetta Challenge is on Saturday August 14th at 11.40 -- 11.55 with qualifying from 14.55 -- 15.10. Both 20-minute races are on Sunday August 15th at 10.15 and 17.15.