Three Ginetta Junior graduates will compete in the Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix this weekend.
The race, one of the most prestigious in junior single seaters, has been won by future F1 world champions including Ayrton Senna and Michael Schumacher.
This year, Dan Ticktum is aiming to go for a record third consecutive victory on the streets of Macau, with 31 other talented drivers trying to stop him. The grid will be made up of Formula 4 champions, Formula 3 front runners, and F1 junior team drivers. Among them are three drivers who made their car racing debuts in Ginetta Juniors.
The most experienced Ginetta graduate on the Macau entry list is German racer Sophia Floersch.
Floersch heads to Macau for her second crack at the iconic street race. She made her Macau debut last year with Van Amersfoort Race, but her race came to an early end when she was catapulted into the Lisboa bend at highspeed and crashed through the catch fencing.
The accident left her with a fractured spinal column, but the 18-year-old has spent the winter in recovery and was back in the race car for the start of the 2019 Formula Regional European Championship. She will compete in this year’s Macau GP with HWA Racelabs.
Floersch made her car racing debut back in 2015, joining HHC Motorsport for the first half of the season. Like the other drivers on this list, Floersch only competed a partial campaign but in those five events she claimed plenty of success.
The then-14-year-old took her maiden car racing victory at Thruxton, just five races into the season. She followed that up a few hours later with her second win, becoming the first driver of the season to take back-to-back wins. Over the next four races, she took two fourth place finishes, a third, and a second, before dropping out of the championship to focus on her single-seater career.
Olli Caldwell joined the 2016 Ginetta Junior grid midway through the season, competing with championship stalwarts JHR Developments. The Brit finished fifth on his championship debut, beating evental champion Will Tregurtha and title contender Lewis Brown.
Despite only competing in five rounds, Caldwell took four top 10 finishes and four rookie wins before switching his attention to single seaters.
Since leaving Ginettas, Caldwell has competed in Italian, German, UAE and British F4 series, finishing 3rd in the 2018 Italian championship. This year, he ran with Prema Powerteam in the inaugural Formula Regional European Championship, finishing fifth overall, along with the next driver on this list.
He will compete with Trident Motorsport.
Enzo Fittipaldi also made his Ginetta Junior debut in 2016. The US-born Brazilian joined Douglas Motorsport for his first season in car racing and took multiple rookie podiums on his way to 18th in the championship standings.
After a difficult seven weekends in the series, Fittipaldi dropped out of the championship and, like Caldwell, turned his focus to single-seaters.
As part of the Ferrari Driver Academy, Fittipaldi has taken his first single-seater championship, winning the 2018 Italian Formula 4 title and finishing third in the 2018 ADAC F4 championship fight.
This year, he continued with Prema in the Formula Regional European Championship, finishing second with two victories and 11 additional podiums.
He competes with the Sauber Junior Team by Charouz, along with fellow FDA member Callum Ilott and David Schumacher.
The 66th running of the Macau Grand Prix begins at 7:30 AM UK time on Sunday.
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