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A message to our readers

by Bethonie Waring

Dear readers,

As we come to the end of the season, I want again to thank you all for the support you’ve shown over the past year.

Ginetta Junior Update started as a place where I could write about one of my favourite series – a series that has led me to contacts all the way up to Formula 1. It holds an important part in my heart, but I didn’t expect it to get much attention. I’m happy to say I was wrong.

I would like to thank all the drivers and teams who have welcomed GJnrUpdate into their awnings and allowed us to be part of their season. It’s been a pleasure, and I wish all the drivers moving on with their careers all the best in the future.

Running GJnrUpdate has not come cheap. As well as the costs involved in upkeep, getting to and from track adds to the expense. We are dedicated to providing the important coverage of the championship Ginetta Junior Update prides itself in, which means having our journalists in the field, being able to source and tell stories. It also means keeping the site in front of a paywall. We do not want to limit who can view our content. 

At the same time, it is not feasible to continue GJnrUpdate as it is for the long term. That’s why we’ve launched a Patreon. For as little as $3 a month, fans can contribute to the running of Ginetta Junior Update. This will help keep the website online and keep our journalists in the field. Patreons will also receive behind the scenes updates about how we create our coverage, a monthly newsletter, and mentions on our site. More rewards are in the works and any suggestions are welcome.

We will not be limiting coverage to Patreons alone, and non-Patreons can continue to access everything they have been able to this season, and more as we expand our coverage.

We have already introduced adverts onto the website. These will be integrated into the site with a new layout over the winter break, to make the site as user friendly as possible. We understand the frustrations in having adverts in every corner of the internet, and to include them on Update was not an easy decision, but one necessary to continue providing coverage for one of Britain’s most exciting racing series.

Of course, we know many of our fans will not see these, using ad blocker extensions on their browser. We’d like to ask fans who regularly use the site to white list Ginetta Junior Update, so we can build this revenue source and continue the website, though we understand and respect fans’ decision to keep these hidden. 

And finally, if you want to contribute to the website, but are looking to see what we can do for you, I run a freelance PR and communications service for young racing drivers, both in the Ginetta Junior championship and beyond. We all know how important it is to get your name out there in order to attract sponsors, and this is the perfect way to do just that. Get in touch using the form on the PR Opportunities page for more details.

Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you in the paddock soon!

Bethonie Waring

Founder and Editor-In-Chief

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