The UK’s premier series for aspiring racing stars of the future, the KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship, will feature a maximum capacity grid in 2015, with spectators at Brands Hatch in for a treat this weekend, as a grid packed with 14-17 year olds take to the track.
Winter Series champion Jamie Caroline is arguably the man to beat, having taken a clean sweep of wins during the mini-series in November of last year. For 2015, he will be mentored by former BTCC champion Andrew Jordan as part of a new Pirtek driver programme. He will be joined at HHC Motorsport by new faces Sophia Floersch and Patrik Mattiesen.
The highest finisher in the 2014 championship, Dan Zelos, has the title in his sights as he returns to 2014 Teams Champions JHR Developments. He will be joined at the team by returning drivers Billy Monger, Senna Proctor, female racer Esmee Hawkey and championship newcomer Rowan Bailey, and following his on-track debut at Brands Hatch during the 2014 season finale, Sebastian Perez joins the team.
Following their first appearance in the championship last year, TCR will field three drivers this season, with Matt Chapman returning to the team, where he will be joined by Ginetta Junior Scholarship runner up Cameron Roberts and karting ace Dave Wooder. Another new-for-2014 team, R and J Motorsport return with four cars, as team owner Jonny Hadfield and returning driver Lewis Brown joining series newcomers Frank Bird and Kyle Hornby.
Tollbar Racing welcomes new drivers Tristian Charpentier and Alex Day into the Ginetta family. Meanwhile Hillspeed will return with Harry Mailer and Benjamin Wallace. Ginetta Junior Scholarship finalists William Tregurtha and William Stacey will fulfil their ambitions of joining the grid, with the pair bringing new championship teams RCE and Jam Sport to the BTCC support paddock.
2015 Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Stuart Middleton, joins Douglas Motorsport for his first season in car racing having been awarded a fully funded place on the grid last October. Completing the grid are championship newcomers Geri Nicosia and Ben Green, with the latter joining the action with his own team, SuperGreen Racing.
If you think you have what it takes to follow in Stuarts footsteps next season, check out the Ginetta Junior Scholarship on Ginetta.com to register for the competition. For all the action and behind-the-scenes insights, follow @GinettaCars on Twitter.