Scholarship winner Ethan Brooks described his first year in the Ginetta Junior championship as “rewarding but highly frustrating”.
Brooks ended the year on a high with two overall podiums and a hattrick of rookie victories at Brands Hatch.
But the Total Control Racing driver faced a difficult start to the season, suffering a string of retirements in the first two rounds of the year and being forced to miss the first Thruxton round in May.
“I was in the gravel trap at round one here [at Brands Hatch] and I’ve just got higher and higher each round, to leading at Silverstone,” Brooks told Ginetta Junior Update.
“The result didn’t come there, but then I was leading again here. I gained two podiums and dominated the rookie class with three wins.
“The season has been highly rewarding but highly frustrating at the same time. Coming into round four we only had three points in the championship and we were last. And I think we’re not 12th or 11th.
“If only the season started the same way it finished, but I’m happy with how it’s gone.”
Brooks spent the final rounds of the season battling at the front of the field and pulled off bold moves against the championship contenders and race winners.
“It was really difficult, challenging conditions in the last few laps, but I managed to pull off some good moves around the outside of [James] Hedley, [Zak] O’Sullivan, and James Taylor, all at different corners, so I’m really pleased with that,” he said after the opening race at Brands Hatch.
“I had the fastest lap of the race by two seconds, so I definitely have the pace for a win.”
Brooks is now preparing for the Ginetta Junior Winter Series, which takes place at Brands Hatch next month.
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