A worn brake pad was to blame for Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Ethan Brooks’ early end to the opening Ginetta Junior race at Silverstone.
The Total Control Racing driver led a Ginetta Junior race for the first time last weekend, after a stunning performance in qualifying put him second on the grid.
But Brooks’ race was cut short when he ran into the gravel at high speed at the end of the Wellington Straight six laps before the chequered flag.
“I got to the front for the first five laps, pulling away, then we had the pad go off on the brakes, so they didn’t work when I pushed them down,” he explained.
“We ended up in the wall at the end of the Wellington straight, which was really frustrating after leading my first race.”
It was a mixed weekend for Brooks. He led for the majority of the qualifying session, something he said was “unexpected”, before being pipped to pole by championship leader James Hedley.
The 15-year-old came back in race two to take eighth overall and third place in the rookie class, his sixth top 10 of the season, before contact with Ben Kasperczak in the final race of the weekend caused another retirement.
Like many drivers, Brooks has already begun to turn his attention to next season, which will start at Donington Park at the end of March.
“I’m hoping to come back to Juniors, or progress to GT5s,” he told Ginetta Junior Update. “It’s all budget dependent at the moment, so I’m just hoping to impress to get the sponsors onboard for next year.”
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