Ginetta Junior alumni have gone on to race everything from Formula 1 to the British Touring Car Championship, many of them taking the wheel-to-wheel racing skills they learned in Juniors to achieve success in other series.
One such driver is 2017 Ginetta Junior Vice-Champion Sebastian Priaulx.
Priaulx spent last season competing in the British Formula 4, where he took two overall victories (both at Brands Hatch), before moving back to sports cars to make his British GT debut this year.
We caught up with Priaulx to ask about Ginetta Juniors, British GT, and a future trip to Le Mans.
“British GT has been really good so far,” he told Ginetta Junior Update. “I’ve enjoyed it, and it’s been a big learning curve for me.
“I think I’ve adapted nicely to this car and I’ve enjoyed driving it. I love it.”
Priaulx has definitely settled in to racing sports cars again after his year in single seaters. Along with team-mate Scott Maxwell, he has taken two class victories and an overall top-10. The pair lead the class championship by 8.5 points.
“Sports cars are the way to go,” he confirmed. “And I’m really enjoying it, at the moment.”
Lando Norris said Ginetta Juniors helped him develop as a racer. Does Priaulx feel the same way?
“Gintta Juniors helped a lot,” he said. “I improved a lot as a driver, and it’s been really good for me these past couple of years. It’s definitely helped me.”
British GT is supported by the BRDC British Formula 3 championship, where many of Priaulx’s rivals from last season are currently competing. Are there any thoughts about returning to single seaters?
“No, no, no, no,” Priaulx said. “This [British GT] is great. Driving the Mustang is great. It’s a great car and to be part of Multimatics is great.
“I’m in a really good place.”
Priaulx is set for a new challenge this weekend, as he goes head-to-head with father Andy at Spa. Andy Priaulx – though not a former Ginetta Junior driver – has plenty of experience in sports and touring cars. Last month he finished fourth in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Is the biggest race in sports cars on Sebastian’s radar?
“For sure! Le Mans is definitely in the picture, so hopefully one day!”
Images credit: Caroline Rhea
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