Race Report: Donington Park

Millers Oils Ginetta racing cars on the track

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup produced three different winners from three races at Donington Park this past weekend (9th/10th October), with Josh Rattican, James Kellett and Carlito Miracco sharing the spoils in the penultimate meeting of the 2021 season.

The trip to Donington Park, which is located on the border of Leicestershire and Derbyshire, saw Ginetta welcome not only the largest grid of the GT4 SuperCup season (22 cars), but also the biggest entry in the history of the Ginetta Junior Championship (29 cars).

In the GT4 SuperCup, it was an important weekend for Rattican as he aimed to keep his title hopes alive. The young talent did exactly that, following up his third win of the season with two further podium finishes to remain in mathematical contention.

A race win was the highlight of a good weekend for two-time Ginetta GT5 Challenge champion James Kellett on his championship debut, while Miracco’s long wait for a second win of the year was finally ended with a lights to flag win in the reverse grid finale.

In the championship battle, points leader Adam Smalley pieced together a great meeting with two podium finishes in three races. That combined with a subdued weekend for chief rival Tom Hibbert means he has stretched his lead to 44 points.

Another driver to extend their points advantage was Colin White, with two more wins in the Pro Am class putting him on course to successfully defend his title. Carl Garnett kept himself in the title picture with a podium hat trick, while Dan Morris took the other win on his series return.

The championship battle in the Ginetta Juniors had its fair share of twists and turns across the weekend too, as the top two in the points Aston Millar and Liam McNeilly enjoyed a thrilling personal duel as they dominated proceedings.

Battling wheel to wheel across all three races, including a masterclass in the live televised encounter on ITV4, Millar ended the weekend with an increased 41-point championship lead after picking up two race victories to McNeilly’s one.

Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Robert de Haan, who races in a Millers Oils branded Ginetta G40, will head into the season finale as the rookie class points leader after taking a third place finish. Jamie Osborne and Callum Voisin completed the overall podium finishers for the weekend.

Only three races remain in both the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, with the season finale taking place at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time (23/24 October).

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