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Congratulations to Trent College student Tom Wood who has confirmed he will be racing in the 2016 Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship with the experienced squad from Elite Motorsport
Tom who is currently in Year 9 dominated the F1-backed Formula Kart Stars Junior Championship in 2015, and the move up to Ginetta Juniors means the 14-year-old will race cars for the first time. Having enjoyed great success in karting since the age of 9, with multiple championship titles to his name, Tom was a finalist in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship in 2015, and has since enjoyed several test sessions at the wheel of a Ginetta G40 Junior machine, which boasts top speeds of 120 miles per hour and 100 horsepower.
The move means Tom will be competing in front of thousands of spectators in the 25 races across 10 rounds on all the UK’s top racing circuits, including Tom’s home rounds at Donington Park on 16-17 April, the first time he will have raced at his home track. All these Ginetta Junior races will be shown live on ITV4 in front of annual TV audiences of over 20 million, in a championship that has become renowned for producing motorsport stars of the future.
Tom commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship. It’s always been an ambition of mine to compete on the big circuits around the UK, and I’ve really enjoyed working with the team so far, and can’t wait to go racing, especially on my home track Donington Park! It feels great to be stepping up to cars, and I’m looking forward to showing what I’m capable of in front of thousands of spectators.”
Tom’s season kicked off at Brands Hatch over the Easter weekend, and will continue at his home round at Donington on 16-17 April, with eight further race weekends following that.