Teenagers across the UK are once again being given the chance to win a fully-funded season in the Ginetta Junior Championship for 2014, after Ginetta have unveiled the date and venue for their annual Ginetta Junior Scholarship.
Set to take place at Bedford Autodrome on 28/29/30 October 2013, the Ginetta Junior Scholarship offers ambitious young races born between 01/01/1998 and 21/03/2000, a unique chance to get behind the wheel of one of the most prestigious junior race cars in the UK, with one-on-one tuition from qualified instructors, including kart and car racing star, Mike Simpson.
Ginetta Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson said; "Our Ginetta Junior Scholarship never fails to uncover raw racing talent from kids across the UK. We have so many entrants who have what it takes to be a racing driver, that it's extremely difficult to select just one winner. I am looking forward to seeing a high calibre of entrants once again."
The prize will see one youngster given the use of a Ginetta G40 Junior Race Car for 2014, their championship entry and official testing fees all paid for, as well as the full support of a team to run the car, a season supply of race tyres and race fuel, their test and race day insurance covered, as well as an official Ginetta championship race suit.
In order to be in with a chance of winning this once-in-a-lifetime prize, entrants will attend one of the two qualification days – either 28th or 29th October – during which their driving, media and fitness skills will be tested.
The on-track assessment will include everything from a basic assessment of clutch, throttle, brake and steering control to full speed circuit driving, and whilst race experience is not essential, it is beneficial for drivers to be familiar with the controls of a manual car.
The top drivers from each qualification day will then go through to the final, where they will undertake further driving and more in depth media assessments, after which, the winner of the coveted prize will be announced.
Last year's winner, Jamie Chadwick, has enjoyed great success in her maiden year of car racing, and has attracted much press attention both on and off the track – having become the subject of a CBBC documentary, as well as numerous press articles.
Jamie Chadwick said; "The Ginetta Junior Scholarship has enabled me to fulfil my ambition of becoming a racing driver as well as gain great media exposure in the process. It's a fantastic opportunity for young people to get into motorsport through a very exciting and testing event which is run to very professional standards.
"The atmosphere was friendly but competitive, with growing tensions as the selection process reached the elimination stages, but it is one I would recommend to anyone looking for a way into the sport."
Jamie's father, Michael Chadwick added; "It's a huge step up from karting, and the scale of the Ginetta Series; supporting the British Touring Cars at major circuits, on live TV, in front of huge crowds, is motorsport at its best. Without hesitation, we would recommend both the Junior Scholarship and the Junior Championship to budding young racers and their families. No one knows where it might lead, but as a life experience, it's unrivalled. Good luck to all who enter."
Another success story comes from Oliver Basey-Fisher, who won the scholarship for the 2012 season, enjoying podium appearances in his first weekend in the Junior Championship, before moving onto the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge for 2013, and challenging for the title with a string of three podiums in the season opener.
Oliver added; "The Ginetta Junior Scholarship is simply the perfect way to get into car racing. Not only does it introduce you into the racing world, it also gives you a fantastic base to build upon. This has been proven by the previous two scholarship winners, and now during this year, myself. Last year I ma