British GT regular Fox Motorsport will return to the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2020.
The Essex based team ran in the championship for a number of rounds in 2017, fielding Finley Green and Keaton Samra. The squad took two top 10 finishes, but dropped out of the championship with three rounds remaining.
Liam McNeilly, son of team boss Paul McNeilly, will make his car racing debut with the team. McNeilly, who won’t turn 14 until April, spent 2019 competing in various karting championships, including the World and European championships.
“I’m thrilled to be stepping up from karting into the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship,” he said. “My first time in the car was a bit of an eye-opener, but the team have been patient with me as I’ve got to grips with the way it drives and I’m excited to race it.
“Not turning 14 for another month means I was supposed to miss the first two rounds but, with the UK motorsport season having now been pushed back to a May start at the earliest, I’ll now start on a more equal footing with everyone else.
“I haven’t set any hard targets for this year beyond learning and developing my driving, but I certainly have everything around me to do this well.”
McNeilly was able to run in last week’s season launch test, where he ended the day just 2.4s off Bailey Voisin’s fastest time.
Father and team- boss Paul McNeilly is confident Liam will be able to develop over the course of the season.
“I’m very pleased to bring Fox Motorsport back to Ginetta Juniors,” he said. “We learnt a lot during the 2017 season and the car specification is near-identical, so we’re not coming in completely blind.
“Liam will be the least experienced driver on the grid, so the key will be not to run before he can walk, and to take this 2020 campaign to develop as much as possible. He has huge potential so I’m excited to watch his development as the season goes on.”
The 2020 Ginetta Junior championship will undergo further delays, as Motorsport UK has suspended its racing permits until the end of June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will affect the first four rounds of the Ginetta season.
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