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Stuart Middleton, 15, has today secured a fully funded season in the 2015 Ginetta Junior Championship, after the aspiring racing driver from Ashington, Northumberland impressed across the board.

Having finished within the top four during the 2014 Ginetta Junior Scholarship, the Collingwood Arts and Media School pupil, who suffers from a mild form of Asperger Syndrome, built upon his experience from the previous year to earn the coveted prize.

Speaking after the win, Middleton said; “It’s been an amazing and fantastic time for me, to come so close last year was frustrating to say the least but all that is in the past now. I can’t wait for the 2015 KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship to begin. There has been really tough competition this year and I am sure I will be meeting some of the other drivers on track soon.”

57 drivers took part in driving, media and fitness assessments over the first two days, during which each competitor received one-on-one driver tuition from BTCC racing drivers Adam Morgan, Tom Ingram and Jack Goff; a fantastic reward in itself.

Ginetta selected 21 drivers to join them at today’s final (29 October) which saw the youngsters given two further driving sessions with limited instruction, after which the group was eventually cut to four, with Middleton left to set a ‘hot lap’ alongside fellow finalists William Tregurtha, William Stacey and Cameron Roberts, the latter of whom was named as runner-up.

Chief Instructor Tom Ingram said; “A very tough few days for all the Ginetta Junior Scholarship drivers, with rain putting added pressure on today’s finalists. It was a very close call between the final four drivers, with each quite deserving in their own right. In the end, I think Stuart is a very worthy winner, and I look forward to watching his first race at Brands Hatch in March 2015.”

Ginetta Championships Manager Ashley Gallagher added; “Once again the Ginetta Junior Scholarship has unearthed a whole host of talented racing drivers from a range of motorsport backgrounds. It’s unfortunate that we can only choose one winner at the end of such a great competition and we wish each of our entrants all the best in their motorsport career.”

2014 Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner Alex Sedgwick was on hand to offer advice to all entrants on various aspects of a racing season, whilst ITV4 anchor Louise Goodman offered media guidance and conducted a ‘live’ interview with the four finalists immediately after their final run.

On top of his 2015 racing season, Middleton will receive a media training session with Louise as part of her Goodman Media outfit as well as a half-day assessment at iZone driver performance centre at Silverstone.

Source. Ginetta


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