Ginetta Preview: Knockhill

The 2021 Ginetta season continues this weekend with the annual trip north of the border to Knockhill in Scotland, with the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta Junior Championship contesting no less than seven races between them over the two days (14/15 August).

The championship battle is heating up in the GT4 SuperCup, with a superb double victory at Oulton Park two weeks ago moving Tom Hibbert to the top of the points leaderboard. Adam Smalley is hot on his heels though, with both drivers having each scored three race wins so far.

Elite Motorsport currently have three drivers in the championship top four, with Smalley followed by team-mates Josh Rattican and Tom Emson. Rattican took a first GT4 SuperCup race win in the season opener at Snetterton, while Emson has picked up three podium finishes so far.

Carlito Miracco is the other race-winner on the grid this season having tasted success at Brands Hatch. Steve Roberts and James Blake-Baldwin both scored maiden GT4 SuperCup podium finishes the same weekend, while Luke Reade made his first visit to the rostrum at Oulton Park.

The trip to Knockhill will be a special one for Scottish racers Henry Dawes and Seb Melrose, with both aiming for top results as they tackle their home event. The competitive field also includes potential front-runners in Joe Marshall, Reece Somerfield and Blake Angliss.

In the championship’s Pro Am class, reigning champion Colin White is the driver to beat once again after winning seven of the opening eight races. Carl Garnett is looking to close the gap and continue his 100% podium record for 2021, while Stewart Lines and Luke Warr are also regular front-runners.

In the Ginetta Juniors meanwhile, Liam McNeilly has stormed to the top of the championship for the first time courtesy of a second win of the season so far at Oulton Park. It’s close at the top though, with less than 20 points separating the top four drivers.

The chasing pack is led by Seb Hopkins, who matches McNeilly in scoring five podium finishes so far. Aston Millar is level on points with him, having been the only driver on the grid to finish every race this year inside the top six, while one point adrift is three-time podium finisher Will Jenkins.

The Ginetta Junior grid features a number of talented rookie drivers tackling their first season of car racing. Leading them is Callum Voisin, who has a brilliant five overall race wins to his name, while Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Robert de Haan, Josh Rowledge and Max Dodds have also starred across the campaign.

The race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at:- https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/213203

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

Find out more about Millers Oils’ technical partnership with Ginetta: https://www.millersoils.co.uk/ginetta-cars-extends-technical-partnership-with-millers-oils-to-2024/