1st Central racing driver Sebastian Priaulx is the new points leader in the Ginetta Junior Championship after being deservedly reinstated to the results of the Thruxton meeting in May following a successful appeal of his exclusion at the MSA National Court.
A sensational performance during the third meeting of the season in Hampshire had seen the sixteen year old secure a dominant pair of pole positions in qualifying, before converting them into a fifth place finish and what was a second win of the campaign so far.
Priaulx was later excluded from the whole race weekend though due to an apparent technical infringement, with him not only losing the championship points he had earnt from the meeting but also incurring a seventy point penalty – the equivalent of two race wins.
The successful appeal and reinstatement of the lost points, coupled with the Guernseyman’s stunning recent run of form that has seen him win four of the last five races, means he now holds a sixteen point advantage atop the championship standings.
The news comes as the championship’s mid-season break winds down, with Priaulx returning to action in his JHR Developments-prepared Ginetta G40J at Snetterton in Norfolk next weekend (29/30 July) looking to add to his six race wins and seven pole positions so far this season.
Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really pleased that this matter has been resolved and that the correct decision has been made. We can now focus on the job at hand over the remaining five meetings of the season without this issue hanging over us.
“Since this unfortunate episode unfolded, we’ve gone on to enjoy our best ever run of performances in the championship, taking three pole positions and four race wins in the last five races.
“I’m delighted to have been given back the points we’d earned and heading into the second half of the season in the championship lead is a fantastic boost. We’re now focused on maintaining our current run of form at Snetterton next weekend and beyond.”