Elite Motorsport's Junior Drivers Endure Highs & Lows in Latest Races

Ginetta Junior Championship
2022 Thruxton
June 15, 2022

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Elite Motorsport travel north to Croft near Darlington this month (25-26 Jun) with three of its drivers in the top-five overall standings, William Macintyre, Aqil Alibhai and Joe Warhurst placed third to fifth with Will continuing to lead the Rookie title race after the latest races at Thruxton (28-29 May).

Macintyre claimed his outright maiden pole-position for Race 1 and led for much of the 20-minute but just missed out on scoring his second outright win of the season by 0.1secs at the flag having taken the Rookie victory and fastest class lap. Will claimed Rookie honours again in Race 2 with sixth overall, the top-10 finishers covered by 4.6secs after the race was prematurely Red flagged. 

Warhurst made it an all-Elite front row for both races but that’s where Joe’s good news finished. He was unluckily clipped into a spin on lap two of Race 1 while dicing for a podium position and was then hit by other cars, his Ginetta “written off” and making him a non-starter for Race 2.

Alibhai enjoyed his best qualifying of the season, P4 and a maiden GJ “pole” for Race 2, Aqil recording third overall and fastest outright lap in Race 1. Aqil went one better in Race 2, claiming second overall, half a second behind the winner, his third consecutive podium. 

Le, too, began the weekend in fine form but was ultimately to be disappointed as the event progressed. Having set the second fastest Rookie time in quali for Race 1, Kanato unfortunately retired with a damaged car having been unable to avoid Warhurst’s spinning car directly ahead then posted a second non-finish in Race 2.   

Douglass claimed fourth in class in Race 1 and having been the second quickest Rookie in quali for Race 2, recorded third in class along with setting the fastest Rookie lap. Shanmugavel recorded 11th in Race 1 but recorded his best result of the season in Race 2 with a sixth pace class finish and 15th overall.

Eddie Ives, Team Owner & Manager

"The team have both working flat out since the last races at Thruxton and I’m confident of a strong bounce back for the whole squad at Croft.
Will excelled from the moment we got to Thruxton, and I'm confident that had the second race run longer, he would have come back to a better finishing position.
I was also really pleased with the progress shown by Mackenzie & Aqil which was fantastic for them and will gain them confidence. Shrav is still learning and had a good second race.

However for Kanato and Joe, this was the toughest weekend we have endured for a long time with the damage to both cars.
I’m very proud of my team for what they managed to turn around for Race 2 but unfortunately they suffered further bad luck through nobody's fault."