Move over Lewis Hamilton, the next generation of British racing drivers are set to go head-to-head in a bid to impress Ginetta and want2race bosses, and win one of two motorsport prizes, with a combined worth in excess of £100,000.
Taking place at Bedford Autodrome between 26 – 28 October, the Ginetta Junior Scholarship and want2race will each offer one ambitious racing driver a fully funded racing season, designed to give them their first step on the motorsport career ladder.
The Ginetta Junior Scholarship will see 60 teenagers - aged between 13 and 15 years old - go head-to-head in a bid to win a place on the 2016 KICK Start Energy Drink Ginetta Junior Championship grid.
The competitors include big names from the world of karting, drivers from a famous racing lineage and those who have had little or no track time. Ginetta will be looking for someone who possesses the ‘overall package’ and who has developed as a driver over the three-day event.
The prize includes their very own rear-wheel drive Ginetta G40, with a restricted 100bhp output from a standard 1.8 litre Ford engine, capable of speeds in excess of 120 mph.
Running simultaneously on a separate Bedford Autodrome circuit configuration will be want2race. Now in its third year, it has seen over 1,000 new drivers pass through the doors of its Ginetta racing competition and race car experience.
Competitors are no stranger to success either, with 2012 winner Rob Keogh winning the 2015 GRDC+ championship, and the previous two winners racing to a top ten finish in their debut outing, as part of the w2r prize package.
Having whittled down hundreds of entrants to just 100, the finalists gather to be tested by motorsport’s finest, including 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup champion Tom Oliphant.
After a number of driving sessions as well as a formal media interview, the want2race judging panel will pick one winner to receive a fully funded season in the 2016 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, which includes car hire, entry fees, fuel, insurance, race wear, helmet, gloves, HANS device, driver tuition and technical support.