James Taylor has won a fully funded season in the 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship after emerging victorious from the Yorkshire marque’s annual Scholarship.
Held at Blyton Park over three days, the Wath Comprehensive School student beat 65 other drivers to claim one of the most coveted prizes for junior racers in UK motorsport.
Driving, media and fitness tests were staged to whittle down the competition with Taylor taking on a starring role, ultimately finishing ahead of Lewis Galer and Abbi Pulling who were second and third, who both won a place on the Ginetta Junior Winter Series that takes place in mid-November at Brands Hatch.
As part of his prize, Taylor has earned himself the use of a G40 race car for the 2018 campaign, along with insurance, consumables, tyres and fuel plus professional car preparation from an experienced team for the duration of the season.
In addition, the 15-year-old will also receive a days training at iZone and media preparation with ITV4 presenter Louise Goodman,
“I can’t believe it,” Taylor said. “I’ve been karting for seven years and always admired the Ginetta Junior Championship.
“I entered the competition for the experience and never imagined I would be sitting here, about to be a part of the series I have aspired to join for so long.
“As a Yorkshire lad, I think I will fit in with the Ginetta family well. I can’t thank the staff, instructors and assessors enough for the help and advice they’ve given me to get me where I am today.”
The judging panel for the competition was made up of Ginetta Development drivers Charlie Roberston and Sennan Fielding as well as BTCC racers Mike Epps and Jake Hill. Fellow BTCC driver Luke Davenport, ITV4 Commentator Richard John-Neil, newly crowned Ginetta Junior champion Tom Gamble and outgoing Scholar Adam Smalley were also on hand.
The 2018 Ginetta Junior Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on April 7/8.