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The fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, served up plenty of high-speed thrills and spills over the weekend (28/29 May) as the Ginetta Junior Championship and Ginetta GT5 Challenge played out four entertaining races at the Hampshire circuit.
Thruxton’s fast, sweeping bends have become renowned for producing close-fought, slipstreaming races with the Ginetta G40’s, and this year was no exception as a bumper trackside crowd and the ITV4 television viewers were treated to some exciting action.
In the Ginetta Juniors, Josh Rowledge and pole-sitter Will Macintyre produced a stunning duel for victory in the opening race. Trading places multiple times through the race, Rowledge eventually emerged in front to take the win and with it the championship lead.
A huge multi-car battle for the final podium position ended up with Aqil Alibhai picking up the first of two trophies across the weekend, adding a second place result in race two. Passing him late on to take that win was Ian Aguilera, with the Mexican racer enjoying his maiden victory with Ginetta.
An impressive charge from Harri Reynolds, the championship leader heading into the weekend, netted him another piece of silverware with third in race two. Other standout results include Zac Meakin with a breakthrough top five finish and a pair of rookie class wins for Macintyre.
The GT5 Challenge meanwhile made its second appearance of the season on the British Touring Car Championship support package, with the weekend’s two races taking the championship past the halfway mark of what has been a captivating season to date.
Connor Grady headed into the weekend as the points leader and duly netted a double pole position in qualifying on Saturday, however a tough run in the races meant that a pair of third place finishes for Will Jenkins has put him to the top of the standings.
Harley Haughton has risen to second in the points, with the teenager impressively climbing his way up the order to secure his first two wins in Ginetta racing. Will Orton and Mikey Doble also enjoyed overall podium finishes, while Chris White and Karim Sekkat took wins in the championship’s Am class.
The 2022 Ginetta season continues in two weeks’ time at Oulton Park in Cheshire (11/12 June), with the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup returning to the track for its second outing of the season, while the Ginetta GT Academy makes its annual appearance alongside the British Touring Car Championship.