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Preview: Ginetta Junior Championship, Round Four, Thruxton

15th September 2020 • Simon Paice

Only four points separate Bailey Voisin and Tom Lebbon at the summit of the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship standings as we reach the halfway mark of the 2020 season this weekend.

Voisin (R Racing) leads the way having taken to the top step of the podium at each of the opening three meetings of the year. His tally of four wins, including a glorious double at Brands Hatch, is more than anyone else and he’s backed that up with two other podium finishes and five fastest laps.? ?

Lebbon (Elite Motorsport) is aiming to make history as the first driver to win the Junior title in their rookie season. The current Ginetta Junior Scholar took a maiden win at Brands Hatch as part of six top three results to date, while he also has five rookie class victories.

Aiming to ensure it isn’t a two-horse race for the title is Georgi Dimitrov (Richardson Racing), a race-winner at Donington Park and Knockhill so far in his maiden season, and second year contender Josh Rattican (R Racing), who secured a first ever victory last time out in Scotland.

The lead pack has also regularly featured three other drivers from the R Racing ranks. Joel Pearson is a double podium-finisher and made his 50th Junior start at Knockhill, Aston Millar has two overall podiums to his name, while Freddie Tomlinson is eyeing his maiden top three.

Zak Taylor (Alistair Rushforth Motorsport) is another driver to taste the podium bubbly this season, while two drivers who were on the cusp of the top three at Knockhill were rookies Tom Edgar (TCR) and Will Jenkins (Privateer). They both came away with fourth place finishes.

Liam McNeilly (Fox Motorsport) also impressed in Scotland to finish eighth twice, his highest results to date. Trennon Bettany (Richardson Racing) and Will Rochford (TCR) were on the cusp of the top ten battle too as they took seasons’ bests of 11th and 12th respectively.

Elite Motorsport’s colourful 2020 entry also features exciting talents in Tommy Pintos, Josh Miller, Seb Hopkins, William Aspin and William Vincent, while Rowan Vincent (Richardson Racing) and Joe Wheeler (Assetto Motorsport) have made good progress in recent meetings.

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Weekend Timetable:

Saturday, September 19 – Free Practice, 10.30 to 10.45; Qualifying, 14.15 to 14.30; Race One, 17:45

Sunday, September 20 – Race Two, 13.45 (Live on ITV4)

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Live timing and results: https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/203803