22 October 2019

Bournemouth Collegiate School Pupil, James, certainly has a lot to celebrate this Half Term having been crowned Ginetta Junior Champion at Brands Hatch last weekend (with one race still to go!).

James started his racing journey with a lap in a Go Kart at the tender age of 8, waiting another two years before he took up the sport competitively in the Honda Cadet Championship.

Having worked his way up through the karting ranks, winning races, fastest laps and finally the Championship, James then changed tack at 14 years old to join the Ginetta Junior Championship. Despite only competing in the final few races of the 2017 season, and then competing as a “rookie” driver in 2018, James won the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in November 2018, and finished 8th place overall in the full season.

Whilst other 16 year olds might be expected to give up non-Academic pursuits in order to focus on their GCSEs, James has managed to juggle both – combining race weekends with photography coursework, and fitting in studies alongside testing. James’ dedication to racing paid off, with him being crowned the Champion with a final score of 680 (a whopping lead of 89 points) capitalising on a fantastic season which saw him finish on the podium for 18 of 24 races, have 12 pole positions and 7 race wins.

The future is certainly looking bright for James; over the next couple of months he will be testing for Formula 4 2020 and looking to gain sponsorship to enable him to continue on the journey (hopefully towards the ultimate end goal of F1).

James' father Gray said “We are understandably proud of James being crowned 2019 Ginetta Junior Champion, he could now be on the stepping stone to a career in motorsport and is on the ‘wanted’ list from many Junior Formula 1 category teams. Like any dedicated sportsperson, there has been many sacrifices, financial contributions and third party efforts put in by institutions and individuals to help develop James’ talent; I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported James on this journey.”

Russell Slatford, Head at BCS added “James' achievement cannot be understated – to be crowned 2019 Ginetta Junior Champion whilst also studying for GCSEs is beyond impressive. As a School we are thrilled that James has been asked to compete in the Formula 4 International Scholarship next month, and look forward to his future successes!”

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