Elite Motorsport aims to bounce back after a difficult 2021 Ginetta Junior season.
The Ginetta regulars will field a five car line-up this season, which will include three rookies and two returning drivers.
Aqil Alibhai switches to the team after spending the 2021 season with Breakell Racing in a single-car outfit, while Joe Warhurst will continue with the team for a second season.
In the rookie line-up, Elite will run three experienced karting driver, all of whom have taken various titles in their karting careers so far.
“Our Junior squad had a tough 2021, so it’s important that we bounce back and aim to reclaim the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles this season,” said team owner Eddie Ives.
“We have a good mix of strong second year Ginetta Junior drivers with Joe and Aqil, combined with a very impressive rookie line-up.
“Will [Macintyre], Kanto [Le] and Mackenzie [Douglass] are all exceeding expectations considering their early stages in their careers, so I can’t wait to get the season started.”
Elite’s two second year drivers both showed good progress over the course of the season, including strong drivers in the Winter Series.
Alibhai finished higher of the two in the main championship, P16 overall with a best finish of sixth.
“My aim is to consistently score podiums and ultimately challenge for the championship title,” he said. “Elite has the perfect package to achieve those goals which is the reason I joined for 2022. Last season was definitely a great learning year to start my car racing career with the team I raced with helping me a lot.”
Warhurst, who finished 18th overall, is also planning a championship challenge.
“My goal for the 2022 season is to win the championship overall. I really enjoyed racing with Elite last year, their set-up suits my driving style very well and I believe that the team Elite has got together has the potential to be very strong.”
Both Will Macintyre and Mackenzie Douglass made it to the Ginetta Junior Scholarship finals last year, where they were pipped by Alisha Palmowski. They both then made their car racing debuts in the Winter Series.
Macintyre comes into the season with the 2019 Italian Mini 60 Championship winner and World Series Karting Euroseries vice champion.
Meanwhile, Douglass has a series of British regional karting titles and finished eighth in last year’s British Championship.
Both hope to impress in their rookie season.
“My aim is to be top rookie,” Macintyre said. “It’s crucial I learn as much as possible, and quickly, so that by the first race I can fight inside the top 10. I hope to test on most of the tracks we’re racing at in the coming weeks before the season starts.”
“My aim in Ginetta Juniors this year is to learn and develop myself alongside Elite as much as possible,” said Douglass. “I learned in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series about the car itself and just how different racing cars is compared to karting. It also gave me a good idea of what competition I am up against for this season.”
Kanto Le completes the rookie line-up. The 14-year-old has enjoyed karting success in Japan and Europe, and makes his car racing debut as X30 Junior European Champion.
“I want to win the rookie category and finish in the top five overall,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know all the Elite team through the winter and I’m sure that this is the best place for me as I take my first step into cars.”
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