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Will Tregurtha Celebrates Thruxton Rookie Podium

Will Tregurtha Celebrates Thruxton Rookie Podium

Will Tregurtha picked up his fourth rookie podium in just six races as his outstanding start to the Ginetta Junior Championship continued at Thruxton last weekend.

The 15 year old from Milton Keynes is the second youngest driver in the 25-strong field. Sponsored by Enlighten Operational Excellence he has shown precious few nerves after stepping up from karting to car racing in 2015.

The Ginetta Juniors race on the same programme as the British Touring Car Championship which guaranteed a huge crowd at the Hampshire circuit - as well as hundreds of thousands watching live on ITV 4.

Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK and Tregurtha was hitting speeds of around 110mph as he qualified eighth on a grid containing some of the best young drivers from UK and Europe - which he then converted into an excellent 6th place in the first of his two races. He was also the third rookie across the line.

Unfortunately the second, and final, race for the weekend did not go as well when a major collision early on in the first lap caused substantial damage and sent the Shenley Brook End School pupil to the back of the field. However, a brave drive took him back up the order to 13th by the chequered flag and helped him to some useful championship points.

In fact the championship table shows him in the top 10 and within striking distance of the top three - with 14 races of the 20-race season still to go.

Will said: "That was my best qualifying performance so far and we had good pace during the whole weekend. The first race went well and it was a shame about what happened in race two. The front of the car was badly damaged, the steering was dead in places and the bonnet looked like it was going to fold up at any second!

"However that's four top-seven finishes now in six races - and I know I can keep on improving. My team, RCE, are new to the championship but are doing a truly fantastic job with the car and I'm getting great advice from my driver coach George Richardson and Tim Sugden who is mentoring me. I'm focussed on improving my driving and I can't wait to race again next month at Oulton Park."