2022 Ginetta Preview: Donington Park

The 2022 British Touring Car Championship season bursts into life this weekend at Donington Park, and Ginetta are set to once again play a starring role on the support package as the Ginetta Junior Championship and Ginetta GT5 Challenge take to the track.

Millers Oils and Ginetta are embarking upon their fourth consecutive year as technical partners in 2022. The successful partnership sees all Ginetta cars fuelled by the exclusive ‘Ginetta Tech by Millers Oils’ range of lubricants, alongside title sponsorship for the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and much more.

Whilst an exciting new era for the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup doesn’t start until next month at Brands Hatch, the opening BTCC weekend will feature no less than six races combined for the all-action Ginetta Juniors and GT5 Challenge.

The Ginetta Junior Championship is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious junior series, with drivers aged 14 to 17 battling it out for supremacy. Amongst the leading drivers to have competed in the championship in the past are current F1 star Lando Norris and double W Series champion Jamie Chadwick.

A mixture of returning drivers and rookie talents will form the 26 car grid at Donington this weekend. The headline names are 2021 runner-up Liam McNeilly, who took the title battle down to the season finale last year, and reigning Winter Series champion Josh Rowledge.

Amongst the other returning drivers to keep an eye on at the front of the field this weekend are Harri Reynolds, Fergus Chalmers and Aqil Alibhai, whilst the new faces on the grid include Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Alisha Palmowski, who will race in a Millers Oils liveried Ginetta G40.

The Ginetta GT5 Challenge meanwhile has become renowned for producing some of the most exciting one-make racing in UK motorsport. That was certainly evident last weekend, as the class of 2022 kicked off their season in style during the opening rounds at Oulton Park.

A hugely competitive weekend of racing saw three different race-winners from three different teams, as Nat Hodgkiss, Connor Grady and Will Jenkins, a front-runner in the Juniors last year, each took a turn to stand on the top step of the podium.

Mikey Doble, Sam Smith and Harley Haughton also started their seasons with overall top three results, whilst in the championship’s secondary ‘Amateur’ class, 2021 runner-up Chris White and Paolo Santi shared the victories.

The Donington Park race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/221603

Both championships will have a race televised live on Sunday afternoon on ITV4 and the ITV hub.