Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship heats up with 4 rounds to run!
August 12, 2013 by Leo Nulty
The Ginetta Junior Ireland Championship heads toward the final two meetings of the 2013 season
with the title still very much up for grabs. Murray Motorsport’s Dylan Curley still leads the title chase,
but ABR’s Jack Finlay has closed the gap and with four rounds still to run, is just 7 points behind
Curley. This pair have generally been the class of the field but Junior Rallycross frontrunner Sophie
Byrne, also tended by family team ABR, has kept them honest throughout and is still in with a
mathematical chance of taking the title despite a non finish in one of the two Kirkistown races in late
July. Curley and Finlay came together at Colonial corner, with Finlay spinning and Sophie having
nowhere to go- the resultant damage to her radiator causing immediate retirement. A steadily
improving Luke Hourihan is in fourth place, driving the ex James Fleming car whilst OPH.ie are totally
rebuilding his car after a mid season Mondello shunt. Next up is the battle of the Wicklowmen- with
impressive newcomers Charlie Linnane and Max Sheane, both from racing familes, belying their lack
of experience with some great battles. The form book has been upturned however by the arrival of
Johnnie Mulholland, who qualified his Murray Motorsport run car on the front row for his first ever race
and has already shown enough pace to concern the frontrunners, even scoring a debut win at the
recent Kirkistown meeting. This interest should be added to at the next round in Mondello (on August
25th) when multiple karting champion Nicole Coffey will make her Ginetta debut, with LOH Motorsport
running her in the ex-Andrew Watson race winning car. Nicole has shown well in testing already and it
will be interesting to see how the 14 year old adapts on her transition to cars.
All in all, it looks like we are in for some excitement in the second half of the season, with just the next
Mondello meeting and then the Leinster Trophy, both double headers, left to run.
The 2013 Ginetta Junior Ireland Champion will receive the use of a Ginetta G40 with which to
compete in the 2014 UK Ginetta Junior series, courtesy of Ginetta Cars.
Ginetta Junior Ireland is a junior series for drivers from 14-16 year olds and is supported by: Quaife, Gearboxman.com and Mondello Park.