25/05/2022

2022 Ginetta Preview: Thruxton

The fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, is set to host to the latest offering of Ginetta racing this weekend (28/29 May), with the Ginetta Junior Championship and GT5 Challenge in action.

More than 50 cars are set to be competing in Hampshire, with Thruxton’s high-speed nature lending itself to fantastic slipstreaming racing. Both championships have produced thrilling races there in the past and will be sure to serve up more entertainment this weekend.

The Juniors head into their third meeting of the 2022 season with a number of young talents having shown their credentials so far. Leading the pack is Harri Reynolds, who holds a 12 point championship lead having won three of the opening six races of the season.

Reigning Winter Series champion Josh Rowledge won the first race of the year and has impressively finished every race in the top four, while fellow sophomore drivers Joe Warhurst and Aqil Alibhai have joined them in standing on the overall podium.

There have been a number of rookies making their mark at the front of the field too, with Kanato Le and Will Macintyre scoring outright race victories. Sonny Smith, Luke Watts, Luca Hopkinson, Mckenzie Douglass and Ginetta Junior scholar Alisha Palmowski have also impressed.

After a busy run of three events in four weeks across April and early May, the GT5 Challenge will cross the halfway point of their season this weekend. An exciting title battle is brewing, with the top three drivers separated by just six championship points.

The most experienced driver on the grid, Connor Grady, sits at the top of the standings after taking two race wins as part of an incredibly consistent season so far. Only one point adrift though is Will Jenkins, who has three race wins and six podium finishes – both more than anyone else.

Nat Hodgkiss completes the leading trio, having started the year with a great run of five consecutive podium finishes. His team-mate Will Orton has been in brilliant recent form meanwhile, with a race win in each of the last two events at Donington Park and Silverstone.

Remarkably nine different drivers have already finished on the championship’s overall podium, with Mikey Doble, Ruben Hage and Harley Haughton amongst those being ones to watch. In the series’ secondary ‘Amateur’ class meanwhile, Karim Sekkat and 2021 runner-up Chris White lead the way.

The Thruxton race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/222103

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