The week’s British Touring Car Championship trip to Hampshire saw the Ginetta Junior Thruxton Rounds 2018 as part of the support package for the Touring Car event. Unlike the first two race weekends of the year, there was bright sunshine this time through Saturday and Sunday. This time, rather than racing alongside the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, the junior series was joined by the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, which supports the touring car series at both Thruxton and Knockhill.
Qualifying saw Adam Smalley take pole, ahead of Louis Foster, and in the second fastest times, which are also used for qualifying, it was Foster who was fastest from Luke Browning.
The first race on Sunday was one to remember. There was plenty going on through the pack, and the fight for the lead was fierce and went on through most of the race, with four drivers looking like they may take the chequered flag. Finley Green was among the fight for the lead and set the fastest lap but ended up on the grass and out of the race, and it was Smalley who took the chequered flag. However, a half second penalty was added to his time, taking him to second place and giving the win to Patrick Kibble, the rookie’s first win in the championship.
The second race later in the day again saw Smalley take the chequered flag, and this time he kept the win, with rookies James Hedley, who took the fastest lap, and Foster joining him on the podium.
The weekend’s events put Smalley at the top of the championship table after three race weekends, ahead of Foster and Browning.
Next up for the young drivers is a trip north to Cheshire and Oulton Park in a few weeks. In the meantime, here are some photos from the Ginetta Junior Thruxton Rounds 2018.