2019 Season Preview

Updated: Mar 26, 2019


22 Citroen Saxo’s take to Oulton Park today in the championship opener for the Junior Saloon Car Championship, which offers clean competitive racing for 14-17 year olds on a low budget. Alumni of the championship includes newly appointed McLaren GT Development Driver James Dorlin and British Touring Car Drivers Josh Cook and Ethan Hammerton.

2018 hosted wheel to wheel action during all 18 of their races and 2019 looks set to be no different. Joining the grid are a whole host of new drivers with varying levels of experience who will undoubtedly benefit from the knowledge and ability of strong list of returning drivers from the 2018 cohort.

The season opened with a bang at Croft two weeks ago, with 27 young hopefuls battling for the Junior Saloon Car Scholarship. 14-year-old karting graduate Harry Rice took winning honours, showing consistency across every challenge and proving himself on track despite having only driven a manual car a handful of times in young driver sessions prior to the scholarship. Joining the grid for 2019, Harry will be looking to follow in the footsteps of last years’ scholarship winner and fellow karting graduate Scott McIntyre, who won the penultimate race of the 2018 season and finished the season in 3rd place.

2018 Champion Lewis Saunders returns to the paddock this year in hopes to become the first two-time Junior Saloon Car Champion. Excellent race pace and high scoring consistent finishes gave Saunders a 53-point lead at the close of the 2018 season and his overall win of the Winter Series in November furthered his dominance over the rest of the field. Other returning names include 2018 Scholarship winner Scott McIntyre, Misty Racing’s ever consistent Alex Jay and rising star Ben Kasperczak who won four races but suffered awful luck towards the end of last season with six DNFs which left him 8th in the final standings.

Further afield, our girls returning to the paddock Molly Dodd and Jemma Moore will be looking to mix it amongst the boys as they did last year, with Moore claiming two podiums. Ashley Gregory who placed top five at the Scholarship put her successful MiniStox background to use and will be making the switch to the Saxo for 2019. Fellow scholarship graduate Alisha Roland will be aiming to build on her talents as she completes the girls line up this season.

Future prospect new to the grid for 2019 includes 15-year-old Matthew Cripps who placed highly at the Scholarship last month and showed the 2018 class his talent right from the off.

With 14 drivers returning and 8 new additions to the grid, The Junior Saloon Car Championship has up and coming talent bursting at the seems. For some of the closest racing you’ll see all season, be sure not to miss the two championship races on track this afternoon.