Four drivers have led the 2021 Ginetta Junior championship, but going to Brands Hatch, only two drivers are in with a shot at taking the title.
Much like a typical Ginetta Junior race, Liam McNeilly and Aston Millar have been swapping places at the top of the championship standings all season.
Millar currently holds the lead. After a late season charge, the R Racing driver is 48 points ahead of Fox Motorsport’s Liam McNeilly.
Dropped scores will come into play for both drivers. They are the only drivers yet to finish a race without scoring points, and will both drop scores at the end of the year, providing they don’t have a DNF at Brands Hatch.
Millar has been the more consistent of the two, and is currently set to drop seven more points than McNeilly, taking the gap at the top of the championship standings down to 41 points.
Both drivers have experience racing on the Brands Hatch GP circuits, one of the most famous circuits in the motorsport world.
Millar, though classified as a rookie last year, competed at Brands Hatch in 2019, when he finished 11th and 12th overall and took rookie podiums.
When the series returned to the Kent track in August 2020, he finished 11th and 16th.
McNeilly had a comparably better weekend, taking points from all three races with a best finish of P11 overall.
But both drivers have drastically improved in their second seasons in the championship, and it’s still all to play for.
Whether Millar or McNeilly win the championship, it will be the first overall title for either team. Despite being a relative new comer, R Racing has been in the title fight in both seasons its competed in, running runners-up Zak O’Sullivan and Josh Rattican in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Fox Motorsport has experience and success in other series, but this is the first time the team has been fighting at the front in the Ginetta Junior series.
Of course, the overall title isn’t the only thing up for grabs.
Though no rookie is in the shoot-out for the top spot, the rookie title is a hotly contested battle between scholar Robert de Haan and R Racing’s Callum Voisin. De Haan leads that battle by 55 points.
The Teams’ battle isn’t quite as close. R Racing is currently more than 100 points ahead of Elite Motorsport in the title fight. But both teams have a stable of talented young drivers and anything is possible in a Ginetta Junior race.
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