Elite Motorsport’s James Hedley topped the times at the first official test day ahead of the 2019 Ginetta Junior championship.
17 drivers, including 11 rookies, took to the track at Brands Hatch as part of the 2019 Gientta media day.
Almost six months after taking pole at the Grand Prix circuit for the final round of the 2018 season, Hedley topped the order with a 56.786s around the short Indy circuit.
Richardson Racing’s Will Martin took second, 0.250s slower than Hedley, ahead of Tom Emson (Elite) and Ethan Hawkey (Total Control Racing).
TCR’s Theo Edgerton was the quickest rookie on track. His 57.147s in the final session of the day put him fifth overall.
Scholarship winner Ethan Books took sixth, ahead of Casper Stevenson, Joel Pearson, James Taylor, and Luca Griggs.
A number of new faces were on the Kent circuit, while others expected to attend did not.
R Racing announced a few days ago it would be working with In2Racign to run Josh Rattican’s car. But the team also ran Ginetta rookie Aston Millar at the test. Rattican finished 11th overall, with Millar a further three tenths of a second back in P13.
Premiership Academy, who ran Harry Dyson and Ben O’Hare in the championship last season, made its first Ginetta Junior appearance of 2019, running a car for 16-year-old Molly Dodd.
Noticeably absent from the test was Apollo Racing. Apollo was set to be a new team on the grid, set up by former F1 driver Martin Donnelly. The team announced it would be joining the championship back in January, confirming Scholarship winner Ethan Brooks and rookies Alex Walker and Matthew Rees.
Brooks has since moved to Total Control Racing, while Walker and Rees were both absent.
Also absent from the test were Douglas Motorsport, who will run Gus Burton, Lorcan Hanafin, and Bailey Voisin this season, Roman Bilinkski, and Zak Taylor.
|James Hedley||67||Elite Motorsport||56.786s|
|Will Martin||10||Richardson Racing||57.036s|
|Tom Emson||27||Elite Motorsport||57.062s|
|Ethan Hawkey||40||Total Control Racing||57.114s|
|Theo Edgerton||54||Total Control Racing||57.142s|
|Ethan Brooks||86||Total Control Racing||57.157s|
|Casper Stevenson||25||Richardson Racing||57.185s|
|Joel Pearson||29||Elite Motorsport||57.215s|
|James Taylor||66||Richardson Racing||57.404s|
|Luca Griggs||17||Elite Motorsport||57.483s|
|Josh Rattican||21||R Racing/In2Racing||57.816s|
|Daniel Gale||68||Total Control Racing||57.897s|
|Aston Millar||70||R Racing||58.095s|
|Frankie Taylor||32||SVG Motorsport||58.383s|
|Haytham Qarajouli||75||Total Control Racing||58.676s|
|Molly Dodd||47||Premiership Academy||59.127s|
|Will Rochford||11||Total Control Racing||59.120s|
Image Credit: Ginetta