WT

WILLIAM
TREGURTHA

SECOND GT4

WIN FOR

TREGURTHA

SECOND GT4

WIN FOR

TREGURTHA

DATE:

Monday

7

May 2018

EVENT:

2018 GT4 European Series

CIRCUIT:

Brands Hatch

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Championship challenging GT4 European Series rookies Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton scorched to their second victory of the 2018 season at a very warm and sunny Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 6th May – on a weekend which looked to have delivered a winning double.  

Following a stunning performance in qualifying at the Kent venue on Saturday, 5th May, where the HHC Motorsport duo secured pole position for both one-hour contests, a potential victory in the first race was undone following an exasperating time penalty.

Officials deemed their mid-race pit-stop to have been a mere tenth of a second too fast so, instead of celebrating their second victory in three races, the BRDC Rising Stars had to settle for 10th in the Silver Cup in the amended classification in the opening Brands contest.

Undeterred, and maintaining full focus, the 18-year-old Ginetta Driver Development Programme aces bounced back from the disappointment in style in the second encounter to win by a healthy eight seconds.

Will Tregurtha:

“In practice we were fastest, using a set-up from British GT last year, and then qualifying was all about track position – I don’t think I’ve done a better qualifying lap! Then they gave us the extra BOP [Balance of Performance] on top of the extra BOP from Zolder, so we went into the race with the car never having been heavier or higher…I could fit my feet under the front splitter!
“Race one went really well but, unfortunately, we were a tenth of a second too fast in the pits. Into race two, we hadn’t done more than five laps of green flag running with the extra weight and it wore and overheated the rear tyres. The Safety Car helped us jump people in the pits and also helped cool the tyres, which meant the car had a better balance at the end for Stuart and he did a great job.”

Stuart Middleton:

“We weren’t sure how the BOP [Balance of Performance] would affect us going into this weekend, they upped it as much as they could after Zolder and we thought it would be really bad. The car was different to drive but we still ended up pretty quick in qualifying, so they gave us another 35kg and we had to add 10mm more to the ride height – that was quite a significant difference.
“We were straight into the first race not knowing what the car would do, it was the heaviest we’d driven and highest on ride height too. The team did a great job, we were just unlucky in the first race. If we’d been a bit more conservative to wait a bit longer we’d have lost out to two cars leaving the pits, it was so close. It was great to win race two, though, two wins from two weekends is great.”

British duo shine on home soil despite Balance of Performance changes

There was absolutely nothing to separate the performance of the HHC team-mates in qualifying on Saturday, Ashington driver Middleton taking the opening session and posting a stunning 1m31.682 seconds lap to secure the race one pole position.

Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha, likewise, produced a sensational performance with a lap of 1m31.664 seconds and also managed to find the space he needed on the ultra-congested track to grab pole for race two of the weekend – his second pole position of 2018.

Off the back of the tremendous performance, though, championship officials decided to apply an extra 35kg of ballast to the No.55 Ginetta G55 and raise the ride height by 10mm ahead of raceday as part of the category’s ‘Balance of Performance’ ruling.

Providing the squad with an unknown going into race one, although with the knowledge it would have an obvious impact on overall lap time and tyre degradation, Middleton took the first stint and at the rolling start he retained the lead before the Safety Car appeared at the beginning of lap two.

Racing got back underway on lap seven but it wasn’t long before the Safety Car was deployed again, on lap 12. Running under caution past the opening of the pit-stop window, North East Caravans, Steel and Jelly and Spine Optics-backed driver Middleton then pitted at the earliest opportunity.

Tregurtha was able to depart the pits still holding the effective race lead, running third on track at that point, and at the re-start on lap 16 the Enlighten and Spine Optics-sponsored Tregurtha took the race lead proper when the three ahead finally took their mandatory stops.

On lap 17, though, a huge accident at Hawthorn Bend for the No.10 McLaren triggered a Safety Car period and ultimately led to a red flag stoppage at 75% race distance with Tregurtha and Middleton taking the win. Post-race, though, the penalty for a short pit-stop dropped them to 15th.

Determined to hit back in race two later in the afternoon, Tregurtha started from pole position and a great start for the Briton enabled him to see off the fast-starting Mercedes of Bas Schouten through Paddock Hill Bend before ending lap one just 0.4 seconds ahead.

Schouten remained close behind the Ginetta and on the sixth tour the Mercedes got the run into Paddock and edged Tregurtha to second. Enabling the third placed BMW of Gabriele Piana to also attack and go through at Druids, the HHC car was down to third momentarily but a drive-through penalty for the BMW meant Tregurtha moved back into second.

With the Ginetta suffering increased tyre wear with the extra weight onboard and lofty ride-height, Tregurtha soon came under attack from the Aston Martin of Matt Nicoll-Jones and the latter took second into Hawthorn Bend on lap eight. Three laps later, the HHC car was edged to fourth.

As the pit-stop window opened, Tregurtha was under increasing pressure from last year’s title winning BMW of Max Koebolt but the HHC driver rebuffed the challenge and stayed out for another lap before pitting – around the same time as the Safety Car was deployed.

Of the cars to have pitted, the No.55 Ginetta emerged onto the track in second place as the Safety Car continued to circulate and when the action eventually got back underway at the 25-minute mark Middleton was in second place but with half a dozen backmarkers ahead.

Getting a great run out of Graham Hill Bend, Middleton pulled alongside the leading Mercedes into Surtees, and the HHC driver duly took the lead with a terrific pass. Moving clear of his pursuers, and doing a good job of threading through traffic, Middleton went on to win by eight seconds.

Misano in Italy is the next destination on the 2018 GT4 European Series calendar with the third event of the season taking place over the weekend 23rd/24th June.

GT4 VICTORY FOR

TREGURTHA ON

DEBUT WEEKEND

GT4 VICTORY FOR

TREGURTHA ON

DEBUT WEEKEND

DATE:

Monday

9

April 2018

EVENT:

2018 GT4 European Series

CIRCUIT:

Zolder

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Highly rated endurance racing duo Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton made an indelible impression on the GT4 European Series during their maiden outing in the championship over the weekend, 7th/8th April, with an outstanding victory in race two at Zolder in Belgium.

Starting the event with a hugely competitive showing in qualifying, Ashington racer Middleton securing third on the grid for round one and Milton Keynes driver Tregurtha scorching to a maiden series pole position in the round two session, in the races they delivered supreme performances.

Celebrating a richly deserved maiden podium with third in race one on Saturday afternoon, which later became second following a penalty for a rival, in race two on Sunday the reigning British GT4 Champions – both part of the Ginetta Driver Development Programme – secured a dream result with victory for the No.55 HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55.

Racing against 43 other teams in the hugely popular championship, with new cars from the likes of Audi, BMW and Mercedes, the season-opening performance of the British duo and their trusty HHC engineered Ginetta was nothing short of exceptional.

Will Tregurtha:

“I’m really happy, it’s been a fantastic weekend. To take pole in my first qualifying session in Europe was pretty awesome, we played it smart with the traffic and looked after the tyres and Stuart did well in his session too with P3. To finish on the podium in the first race was fantastic, I really did enjoy it.
“In the second race we did struggle with tyres at the end, Zolder is a very abrasive track and is hard on brakes and tyres. The start was tasty, I fended off cars that have more top speed than we do and I was happy with my stint. The car felt really good actually and I think it’s the best stint I’ve ever driven. I’ve always wanted to race at Zolder, to win on our championship debut is incredible.”

Stuart Middleton:

“I’m absolutely delighted with how our first weekend in the championship has gone – P2 and then a win from the two races, it’s awesome and you can’t ask for much more than that from our first ever races in Europe and first at Zolder. We’re racing against some very experienced drivers and some really top teams, so we’ve got to be happy with what we achieved this weekend.
“In practice we knew we were strong and so we were confident going into qualifying. I was happy with P3 and Will did a fantastic job with pole in his session, the team set the car up amazingly as they always do. In the second race when Moller-Madsen went by, I could see he was struggling with tyres as he’d pushed so hard to catch me – but in the end we didn’t need to fight him due to his penalty.”

Beginning their maiden weekend in the GT4 European Series in impressive style, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Stars were third fastest in the opening practice on Friday, 6th April, and in the top three again in session two – a very strong marker ahead of qualifying and the races.

Qualifying on Saturday morning went just as well, Middleton securing the third fastest time for the race one grid with a lap of 1m38.454 seconds while Enlighten and Spine Optics-supported racer Tregurtha scorched to the race two pole position with a fantastic lap of 1m38.259 seconds – almost 0.3 seconds clear.

Middleton, taking the first stint in Saturday’s race at the wheel of the No.55 Ginetta, made a great start to move into second place and he began to pile pressure onto the race leading Audi. Remaining in second place up to the 40 minute mark, Middleton was then successfully challenged by the McLaren of reigning GT4 European Series Champion Ricardo van der Ende and so edged to third.

Sticking with him, Middleton – backed by North East Caravans, Steel & Jelly and Spine Optics – continued to circulate behind the McLaren as the pit-stop window for driver changes opened. Van der Ende pitted first with around 28 minutes to run and the HHC Ginetta continued for another lap.

Pitting the next time around to hand over the car to Tregurtha, he rejoined the race in second and began to come under pressure from van der Ende’s team-mate Finlay Hutchison. Officials then deployed the Safety Car with roughly 22 minutes to go, as a result of a stricken Porsche, with the action eventually resuming with 11 minutes on the clock.

Tregurtha maintained second, under immense pressure, but on lap 28 the McLaren moved past into the chicane and so the Ginetta was shuffled back to third where it remained to the chequered flag. At the conclusion of the weekend, though, a penalty for the second placed finisher elevated the HHC duo into the runner-up placing.

In round two on Sunday morning Tregurtha made the most of his superb pole position by holding the lead of the race off the start and then soaking up all sorts of pressure from the Audi of Patrick Zamparini. As the opening quarter of an hour concluded, the Safety Car was deployed and when the action resumed shortly after another incident almost instantly triggered its reappearance.

The second of the cautionary periods lasted around 10 minutes and, as a result, championship officials delayed the opening of the pit-window. Racing resumed with 29 minutes to go and Tregurtha managed to keep Zamparini at bay, before starting to open a significant advantage.

Building a cushion of more than five seconds and setting the fastest lap of the race too, with around 19 minutes still to run he made the regulation pit-stop to hand the Ginetta over to Middleton. Great work from the HHC pit crew meant Middleton was able to slot into the race with a substantial lead.

Just under six seconds ahead of van der Ende’s McLaren, Middleton had everything in control into the last quarter of an hour but problematic backmarkers meant his advantage over the closing Nicolaj Moller-Madsen was reduced significantly.

Driving impressively under immense pressure, Middleton did slip to second behind Moller-Madsen with a lap and a half to go but the Dane had a time penalty which meant the HHC driver didn’t need to fight the position. Despite taking the chequered flag in second place, Middleton and Tregurtha were victorious in the final classification by 20 seconds.

Next on the championship schedule is a visit to ‘home’ soil for Middleton and Tregurtha with the second race meeting of the GT4 European Series taking place at Brands Hatch in Kent, over the weekend 5th/6th May.

Tregurtha

Ready for

2018

Tregurtha

Ready for

2018

DATE:

Friday

30

March 2018

EVENT:

2018 GT4 European Series

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton, the reigning British GT4 Champions, will open the next chapter in their respective motorsport careers little more than a week from now, over the weekend, 7th/8th April, when the eagerly awaited GT4 European Series gets underway at Zolder in Belgium.

Following on from a truly sensational, history-making debut season in endurance racing last year, the HHC Motorsport team-mates are now ready to challenge the best drivers on the continent and fly the flag for the UK throughout the action packed six-event season.

While fully appreciating the intensity of the quest which lies ahead in the GT4 European Series, with an incredible full season entry of close to 50 cars, Tregurtha and Middleton are feeling confident and especially so with the continuity of remaining with British squad HHC and their trusty Ginetta G55.

During the recent official test at Zolder, Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha, who celebrates his 18th birthday on Easter Sunday, and 18-year-old Middleton, from Ashington in Northumberland, conducted a wide range of set-up work and enjoyed a strong day of running in mixed conditions, preparing well for their first European campaign.

Both drivers, who are part of the Ginetta Young Driver Programme and also British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Stars, are relishing the prospect of their maiden race meeting in the GT4 European Series and determined to make a consistently strong start to the 2018 campaign.

Will Tregurtha:

“I really am looking forward to the first round, we’ve got great continuity with the team, the car and obviously my team-mate Stuart – the only thing that’s changed is the actual championship we’re racing in. Pre-season for us has just been a continuation of last year, everything has gone well and after a shakedown at Snetterton we went out to Zolder for the Media Day which was very good.

“We haven’t had a lot of testing, but we only had two or three days last year, so we’re happy where we are and we’ll have some testing at each event this year which is always a huge help. We have a huge grid, but I want to be up against the best drivers and we have a great opportunity as part of the Ginetta Young Driver Programme. We’re aiming to win – I’m really excited for the new season.”

Stuart Middleton:

“We’re all very excited to be racing in the GT4 European Series this year, it’s the natural progression after winning British GT4 last year and I’m delighted to be continuing with HHC in the Ginetta with Will as my team-mate. We proved last season what a strong package we have, so the aim this year has to be to try and keep the momentum going against the best in Europe.

“It’s fantastic to be part of the Ginetta Young Driver Programme and we’re both intending to repay the faith shown in us by Ginetta with a strong and consistent season. It’s not going to be easy, there’s a massive grid with a lot of experienced teams and drivers, but we’ll approach everything as we did last year and hopefully be in a position to fight for podiums and wins.”

Going into the GT4 European Series, Tregurtha will once again be supported by key sponsor Enlighten and new-for-2018 backer Spine Optics and is being managed by Veloce Sports. Middleton, meanwhile brings sponsorship from North East Caravans and Steel & Jelly with his career guided by Go Motorsport Management.

In addition to their memorable championship victory in British GT4 in 2017, the youngest ever pairing to win a title in British GT in the category’s 25-year history, the duo added title success in the Silver Cup class.

Middleton just pipped Tregurtha to the annual Sunoco Whelen Challenge prize, which awarded the North East racer with a fully-funded drive in January’s Daytona 24 Hours in America where he and his Action Express team-mates secured an outstanding second place podium finish.

Tregurtha, meanwhile, gained additional endurance racing experience during the winter with an outing in a Ginetta G55 GT4 at the Liqui-Molly Bathurst 12 Hours in Australia. Despite the misfortune of being wiped out by another car, the incident did attract 68,000 views on You Tube!

Looking ahead to next weekend’s opening GT4 European Series race meeting at Zolder, practice will take place on Friday, 6th April, with qualifying following at 10.20 (local time) on Saturday, 7th April, and the first 60-minute race getting underway at 16.45 (local time). On Sunday, 8th April, race two is scheduled to begin at 10.55 (local time).

WILL CONFIRMED

FOR BATHURST

12 HOUR

WILL CONFIRMED

FOR BATHURST

12 HOUR

DATE:

Monday

29

January 2018

EVENT:

2018 Bathurst 12 Hour

CIRCUIT:

Mount Panorama Circuit - Bathurst 12 Hour

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Enlighten-sponsored Will Tregurtha is part of a two-car Ginetta assault on the highly competitive GT4 class at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Prepared under the guidance of GT3 and former Ginetta racer Mark Griffith, Will will be joined in the Ginetta G55 GT4 #88 entry by Aussie Racing Car teamates Ben Walsh and Jaie Robson and will race under the banner ‘Ginetta Australia'. The pair are both race winners in the competitive one-make legend car series, and are looking forward to pairing up for their maiden Bathurst 12 Hour.

A member of Ginetta’s Young Driver Programme, Will cut his teeth with Ginetta, having won the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2016 before stepping up to the G55 GT4 in 2017, where he won British GT4 in his maiden year.

Will Tregurtha, #88 Ginetta G55 GT4;“I am excited by the prospect of racing at Bathurst in the G55. The Bathurst 12hr is one of the world's great endurance races and I cannot wait to get stuck in. I am grateful to Ginetta for giving me this opportunity.  What's happened to Stuart Middleton and I over the last two years really shows off the Ginetta ladder and what can be achieved. From our Ginetta Junior titles, through to last year's British GT championship victory together, Stuart's success at Daytona last weekend, and now this trip to Bathurst. I hope there's a lot more success to come and that's what I'm pushing for. "

The team will combat the toughest entry list yet for the GT4 class, as the interest in the more affordable, less modified version of the successful GT3 category continues to build. The 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour promises to be the biggest yet, as it cements its place as one of the most significant GT races on the global motorsport calendar.

Ginetta

Young Driver

Programme

Ginetta

Young Driver

Programme

DATE:

Wednesday

20

December 2017

EVENT:

2018 Ginetta Young Driver Programme

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Ginetta is delighted to announce Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha as the latest drivers to join their Young Driver Programme. Their appointment seeks to recognise their outstanding performance in British GT following a graduation from the Ginetta Junior Championship.

Tregurtha and Middleton Join Ginetta Young Driver Programme

The teenage duo became the youngest pairing in history to win British GT4 earlier this year, and they have today confirmed their plans to move into the 2018 GT4 European Series (formerly the Northern Cup) with their Ginetta G55 GT4 and HHC Motorsport.

Ginetta’s Young Driver Programme will support Stuart, 18, and Will, 17 during 2018 as they take their next steps towards a career in professional motorsport. They will both be offered the chance to participate in development roles including testing and shakedowns - giving them the opportunity to interact with and learn from Ginetta's expert engineers and testing teams - as well as being used as instructors at Ginetta's private test track, Blyton Park. The pair will also act as brand ambassadors for Ginetta.

Ginetta Motorsport Manager, Ashley Gallagher;“I am delighted to see Stuart and Will as the latest additions to our Ginetta Young Driver Programme. Both drivers have come through the Ginetta motorsport ladder, having started their car racing careers at our Junior scholarship, before joining the Junior championship itself, and are an excellent example of how great a training platform the Junior Championship is for a future in GT racing. The Young Driver Programme seeks to support talent as they forge a career in the sport, and I am sure there is a bright future ahead for both of them.”

Will Tregurtha, Ginetta Young Driver Programme; "I am extremely grateful to Ginetta. Stuart and I are both focussed on becoming professional race drivers and this is a great opportunity to learn and develop. Having started back in 2014 at the Ginetta Junior Scholarship, both of us are good examples of what can be achieved through the Ginetta ladder.

“We don't want to stop here though. I am determined to win Le Mans and it would be fantastic to do that in a Ginetta car one day. Ginetta have some exciting plans and I want to be a part of them. For now, it's all about trying to win the GT4 European Series in 2018 in a Ginetta G55 with HHC Motorsport. HHC did a great job last season and I'm sure we will form a strong package again. 2017 has been an incredible year and this news is a brilliant way to finish it off."

Stuart Middleton, Ginetta Young Driver Programme; “I am incredibly grateful for this amazing opportunity Ginetta have given both Will and myself. Ginetta has been fantastic to me throughout my racing career and I wouldn’t be in this position I am in today without them. Ginetta introduced me to car racing with the Ginetta Junior Scholarship back in 2014, where I won the chance to race in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2015 and these past three years have been truly amazing, sharing my success with the Ginetta family.

"I must say what a brilliant and formidable teammate I have in Will Tregurtha. Our team, HHC Motorsport are fantastic and collectively I’m relishing the prospect this role will give both of us working toward developing a professional motor racing career.”

Long-time members of the Ginetta family, both Stuart and Will started their sportscar careers with Ginetta. Stuart won the 2015 Ginetta Junior Scholarship, claiming the Ginetta Junior Winter Series in that same year. Tregurtha and Middleton were fierce rivals in the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship, finishing first and second respectively.

After a superb season in the Ginetta G40s, the pair joined forces at HHC Motorsport (the same team that supported Tregurtha’s Junior success) for their British GT4 title tilt.  They claimed seven podiums and two wins on their way to the title, earning them BRDC Rising Star status and a raft of industry awards.

Tregurtha

British

GT4 Champion

Tregurtha

British

GT4 Champion

DATE:

Monday

25

September 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT Championship

CIRCUIT:

Donington Park

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Dry

Remarkable British GT Championship rookies Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton delivered yet another sensational performance during the final race of the season at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 24th September, to seal the prized GT4 title in only their maiden season.

Finishing second in the two-hour season finale at the Leicestershire venue, the result marked the HHC Motorsport pairing’s seventh podium of the year and helped the 17-year-old racers wrap-up a deserved Silver class championship victory and the GT4 teams’ title for HHC Motorsport.

Not only that, Tregurtha and Middleton have entered the British GT history books in the landmark 25th anniversary year of the category as the youngest ever driver pairing to win an overall championship crown – their combined age just 35 years and 160 days.

Taking two overall GT4 victories and four Silver class wins during their debut season of GT endurance racing, Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha and Ashington-based driver Middleton have been the class of the field and the BRDC Rising Stars thoroughly deserve their magnificent ‘triple crown’.

Will Tregurtha:

“At the start of the year I said I really wanted to win the championship and now here we are! We’ve hardly done any testing all year, so to do what we have is so good and I can’t thank everyone enough. It’s such a fantastic result for HHC, they’ve been there every step of the way, and my family and sponsors Enlighten. I have to say a huge thank you as well to Stuart, he’s an incredible team-mate.

“Right from the first race when we got on the podium, we were so happy with that and we’ve just been learning and learning ever since – and still learning in today’s race. It’s been really, really good and the best year of racing I’ve ever had. In three years of racing cars, to go from Ginetta Juniors to then winning Ginetta Junior, and now winning British GT4 in my first season, it’s unbelievable.”

Stuart Middleton:

“Where do I start? Wow! What a year it’s been, it’s flown by. I’ve had so much fun driving in the British GT4 Championship – what an amazing championship it is. We’ve definitely got the result we wanted, massive thank you to HHC Motorsport for all their work. The guys there do an outstanding job and I’ve got an awesome team-mate in Will, he’s rapid every time he gets in the car.

“What a team, what a car – we really couldn’t have asked for any more and especially in our first season. We were quite surprised at the pace we had from the outset this year, we just seemed to adapt to this Ginetta G55 like we’d driven it before. It’s been an absolutely awesome season and I’m so grateful to my family and sponsors for all of their support.”

Importantly, the HHC team-mates ended the crucial qualifying session for the season finale three positions ahead of chief title rivals David Pittard and Alex Reed to get things off to an impressive start, and they were also the fastest of the Ginetta G55 entries.

In the opening run Tregurtha lapped fourth quickest, only 0.3 seconds shy of provisional pole position, despite having a lap time removed for a track limits infringement. In session two, Middleton was eighth which placed the duo third on combined times for Sunday’s grid – the potent Invitation class Toyota which qualified ahead wasn’t eligible for the GT4 battle.

Enlighten and iPro Sport supported racer Tregurtha started Sunday’s two-hour encounter and although edged back to fourth, he swarmed all over the back of the No.100 McLaren and piled on the pressure. On lap 11, a spin for the GT4 leading Aston Martin of Will Moore enabled Tregurtha to move into the GT4 podium placings and on the subsequent tour a huge development occurred.

An excursion at the Old Hairpin for Reed’s Ginetta meant, whatever happened, the HHC duo would be crowned champions but Tregurtha maintained his focus and concentration and set about making up more ground. Pressuring lap after lap, as the race reached the 45-minute mark he got ahead of the McLaren to take second place and when the pit window opened he moved into the lead.

He pitted after almost one hour and 10 minutes of racing to hand over to Middleton who had to remain stationary in the pits for an extra 10 seconds over the minimum pit-stop time, as a result of a ‘success penalty’ from the previous round.

When the race order settled after the stop, the North East Caravans-backed driver held third place and closed to within just a few tenths of a second of the No.72 McLaren of Adam Mackay. Trying to attack while also defending from the advancing Joe Osborne, the HHC car was edged back to fourth with just over half an hour to run.

Around 15 minutes later, though, Middleton moved back into the top three with a superbly judged and executed pass on Mackay on the run from McLeans into the crested right-hander at Coppice, and he then climbed through into second after Osborne slid off the road at the Old Hairpin. Holding the runner-up spot to the flag, the HHC Ginetta ended a glorious season in magnificent style.

Tregurtha

Increases

Lead

Tregurtha

Increases

Lead

DATE:

Monday

7

August 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Brands Hatch GP

WEATHER:

Bright

TRACK:

Dry

Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton brilliantly staked their claim for the coveted British GT4 title, in only their first season of endurance racing, following a hard-earned top three podium finish during the penultimate race of the season on Sunday, 6th August, at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit.

Fighting through from seventh on the GT4 grid, a lower than anticipated starting slot from a rain affected qualifying session, the HHC Motorsport team-mates starred with some terrific battles and tremendous racecraft during round nine to take a superb podium result.

Additionally, Tregurtha posted the fastest GT4 lap with a time of 1m32.998 seconds (94.19mph average) to scoop the Sunoco ‘Fastest Driver of the Weekend’ award.

Markedly increasing their championship lead from 2.5 points at the beginning of the weekend to 25 points at the conclusion of the two-hour encounter, the 17-year-old pairing continue to belie their complete lack of experience in GT competition as the 2017 season edges towards its conclusion. 

Both free practice sessions on Saturday, 5th August, went as well as hoped with Ashington racer Middleton lapping second fastest in GT4 in the first 60 minute run – quickest of the Silver class entries – while Milton Keynes driver Tregurtha topped the GT4 times outright in session two. 

Prior to qualifying, though, rain clouds arrived overhead and the ensuing downpour meant very tricky conditions for the all-important session. Middleton took to the wheel of the No.55 Ginetta G55 for the opening run and posted the third fastest lap on treaded Pirelli rubber.

For session two a drying line began to appear but the HHC car remained on wets and, initially, it looked to be the correct choice with Tregurtha moving onto provisional pole position. The track dried more quickly than expected, though, and he eventually slipped down to 13th as those to gamble on slicks profited. On combined times, the duo secured seventh on the GT4 grid.

Middleton took the opening stint of Sunday’s two-hour race and he made a terrific start, gaining two places on lap one. Soon becoming involved in an incredibly tight multi-car battle over the podium, the HHC driver grabbed fourth on lap three at Surtees with a great move on title rival David Pittard.

With the battle intensifying with every lap, on the eighth tour Middleton managed to nose ahead of Niall Murray over the line to seize third but an Invitation class Toyota was also in the mix along with Pittard. With absolutely nothing between them, Murray went wide at Paddock Hill and Middleton sliced up the inside…but Pittard managed to sneak past both and so the HHC car was fourth again.

Edged back to fifth a few laps later by the Aston Martin of William Phillips, the North East Caravans backed racer swiftly hit back to regain fourth and when Will Moore’s Aston hit problems on lap 16 Middleton assumed third place. 

Into the second half hour, the non-scoring Toyota again became a thorn in the Northumberland racer’s side preventing Middleton from being able to focus on title rival Pittard. Trading positions with the invitational car and also Phillips’ Aston, Middleton emerged back in third when Pittard dramatically slid off the road at Graham Hill Bend with 55 minutes elapsed. 

Now holding second place, the team decided to keep Middleton on track when the pit-stop window opened to try and maximise their track position and he actually went on to complete 70 minutes, all the while conserving tyres as much as possible, before handing over to Tregurtha from the lead.

Joining the race in fifth, despite a long stop due to success penalties from the previous round, the Milton Keynes driver reeled in the McLaren ahead but was edged back to sixth on lap 49. Moving into fifth once more when Adam Mackay’s McLaren slipped back, with 25 minutes left on the clock a stop-go penalty for a rival entry elevated the Enlighten and iPro Sport backed racer into the top four. 

As the race wore on and tyre wear became a factor for the McLarens, Tregurtha was still able to extract good grip from the No.55 Ginetta having patiently looked after his Pirellis and he piled the pressure on to third placed Osborne who then moved ahead of the No.100 car of Ciaran Haggerty.

Into the last quarter of an hour, Tregurtha was glued to the rear of Haggerty but he just couldn’t prise open an opportunity. So much quicker through the turns, every time he looked set to get a run off a corner the McLaren stretched its legs on the straights with Tregurtha powerless to do anything. 

Trying to force a mistake lap after lap, on the penultimate tour at Clearways he managed to make the breakthrough he’d worked so hard for and nosed past to take third and seal a richly deserved sixth podium of the season and, with it, the boosted points lead ahead of next month’s finale plus the lead in the Silver class title battle.

Will Tregurtha:

“It’s been so much fun this weekend and we definitely delivered with the podium and the increased championship lead. All I had to really do was sit there near the end of the race and wait, the McLaren’s tyre wear was more than ours and eventually I was able to capitalise on that. 

“We always look after our tyres but I was surprised how well they lasted in this race as we had a lot of extra weight [success ballast] this weekend – the team gave us a great car. Stuart did a fantastic job in his stint, the plan was to maximise that and keep him out longer than the others and it worked well. Now we’re looking forward to Donington, anything can happen but we’re in a good position.”

Stuart Middleton:

“It was touch and go all the time in my stint, I had no time to relax and catch my breath I just had to put in the laps every lap. The car felt amazing throughout, I had really good confidence in it and all I had to do was stay consistent and keep my cool – that paid off in the end. It was a bit frustrating when the Toyota was in the way, as it’s not racing for the championship, but we had a good battle. 

“Considering we started seventh, we had a fair bit of work to do and I’m really happy with what we achieved. Team HHC did a fantastic job and Will drove the wheels off the thing in his stint. It’s all going down to the last round, we’ve just got to play it cool as we always do and see what happens.”

All attention now turns to the finale of the British GT Championship season, round 10, which will be contested at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit seven weeks from now on Sunday, 24th September.

Double

Podium at

Spa Debut

Double

Podium at

Spa Debut

DATE:

Monday

10

July 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Spa-Francorchamps

WEATHER:

Sunny

TRACK:

Dry

Highly rated first year British GT4 Championship drivers Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton raced to a hard-earned, and richly deserved, double podium finish at Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, 8th July, to reclaim the series lead during their maiden visit to the world-renowned Belgian track.

In two unpredictable and entertaining 60-minute contests, the HHC Motorsport duo finished third on the road in GT4 in round seven and an improved second in GT4 in round eight. With the race winning Maserati ineligible to score, though, Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha and Ashington team-mate Middleton actually take the points for second and first to move back to the top of the title race.

With no prior experience of the demanding Formula One venue, the 17-year-old HHC pairing starred throughout the weekend and Tregurtha got things off to a wonderful start in qualifying for race one when he scorched to pole position. 

With preparations pre-Spa impacted by a serious case of bacterial tonsillitis, which remained a factor during the race weekend itself, Tregurtha’s performance was all the more noteworthy. In the race two session, Middleton lapped just a fraction outside his team-mate’s 2m32.907 seconds best which resulted in sixth fastest.

Taking the opening stint for round seven, Tregurtha was edged back to second by the No.100 McLaren but stayed in close contact prior to two consecutive Safety Car periods. Initially deployed in time for lap three, when the action resumed on the fifth tour the Safety Car was immediately required again when two cars tangled at the first corner. 

With the cautionary period running into the opening of the pit-stop window, Enlighten and iPro Sport backed driver Tregurtha had little in the way of genuine race action to enjoy before pitting to hand the No.55 Ginetta over to Middleton from second place as the halfway point neared. 

Joining the race fourth in GT4, Middleton soaked up a huge amount of pressure from the challenging No.51 Ginetta to retain his position and then climbed into the podium placings following a spin for the McLaren of Mike Robinson with around 12 minutes to go.

During the closing stages, a huge battle developed over second place with Middleton trying to attack and defend at the same time. Although nudged back to fourth with just a couple of minutes left, the HHC racer hit back and on the penultimate tour he grabbed third in GT4, and the Silver class, before taking the chequered flag a mere 0.1 seconds shy of the runner-up spot. 

Middleton took the first stint in round eight and began the race from an elevated fifth in GT4 due to a penalty for a rival. Although slipping to sixth early on, the North East Caravans supported driver moved back into fifth on lap three but a big shake-up resulted in a drop to seventh on lap five. 

With nothing between the lead contenders in GT4, the pit-stops would be crucial and particularly as the HHC duo would be required to remain stationary in pitlane for an additional five seconds by way of a ‘success penalty’ from the race one podium. 

Middleton eventually pitted at the end of his 10th lap from eighth place and when the race order settled, Tregurtha held seventh position. Holding station into the final 15 minutes, Tregurtha was edged back to eighth but hit-back soon after and set about making significant inroads.

With under eight minutes to run, Tregurtha made his way into the top five and this soon became fourth as another podium result looked increasingly likely. Despite being shuffled back to fifth again behind the No.42 Aston Martin, the 2016 Ginetta Junior Champion not only re-passed his rival but also got ahead of Graham Johnson’s McLaren to take third place on the penultimate lap.

Serving up a sensational pass at the Bus Stop, he passed both cars in one move and then managed to keep them behind on the run through Eau Rouge and along the lengthy Kemmel Straight – no mean feat with the McLaren quicker in a straight line than the Ginetta. 

Tregurtha wasn’t finished there either, duly moving past David Pattison’s McLaren to snatch second in GT4 and the duo’s fifth podium of a remarkable debut season in endurance racing. Importantly too, they took the points for the win as a result of the first placed Maserati’s ineligibility to score and departed Spa back on top of the GT4 title battle.

Will Tregurtha:

“After two non-finishes [in the previous rounds] it was great to come to Spa, pick up two podiums and move back to the top of the championship. My stint in the first race was mainly spent behind Safety Cars, but Stuart did an excellent job to bring us home third after a huge, tough, battle. 

“In race two, again, Stuart kept us well in touch in his stint and then I was able to pick my way through to second. It was a big team effort. HHC fixed the car, which was quite badly damaged after some contact in race one, and got us back out for race two just in time. Stuart did a brilliant job all weekend and now we can all focus on getting a good result at Brands Hatch.”

Stuart Middleton:

“We’ve had two really good results this weekend and got the points we needed to claw it back in the championship. When you discount the Maserati, which is so much quicker than anything else and they don’t score points anyway, we’ve basically come away with a P2 and P1 which is fantastic.

“Will and I have been really strong on our first time at Spa, it’s obviously a difficult track to learn and is quite daunting to start with when you first see Eau Rouge. It’s an amazing track and I’m very pleased with the speed we’ve shown. I really like Brands, where we’ll be next, and I love Donington so I don’t think we should have any worries we’ll be competitive in the final two meetings.”

Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in Kent is the next destination for the British GT Championship on its return to UK soil, the sixth event of the campaign set to take place on 5th/6th August.

DRIVESHAFT

DRAMA AT

SILVERSTONE

DRIVESHAFT

DRAMA AT

SILVERSTONE

DATE:

Monday

12

June 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Silverstone 500

WEATHER:

Dry

TRACK:

Bright

Double British GT4 Championship race winners Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton were prevented from converting yet another pole position into a strong finish during round six at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 11th June, as a result of a disappointing driveshaft failure early in the race.

Both drivers produced a very strong showing in qualifying for the ‘Silverstone 500’ on Saturday, 10th June, to secure a top-of-the-grid start for the three-hour race but just three laps into the encounter Tregurtha lost all drive from the No.55 Ginetta G55 GT4 as he exited Chapel Curve.

Coasting down Hangar Straight, with great presence of mind Tregurtha pulled off onto the grass at Stowe near a marshal’s post and awaited a recovery truck. When the car arrived back in the pits the HHC Motorsport mechanics wasted no time in getting to work, feverishly swarming around the Ginetta and replacing the driveshaft and rectifying damage to the car’s differential.Incredibly, the team managed to complete the task in just half an hour and it meant the 17-year-old team-mates were able to rejoin the race, albeit many laps down on their rivals, to at least chalk-up some experience and vital mileage. With time to only complete 52 laps, they weren’t credited with a classified race finish after falling short of the minimum distance required.

So competitive have Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha and Ashington-based driver Middleton been in their maiden season of GT4 racing, with two victories up to now, even with no points to show from the Silverstone weekend they are only 5.5 points shy of the championship lead in third place.

Everything had started so well with the HHC pairing lapping second fastest in both of the opening practice sessions, the best of the Silver class entries in each run, before going on to qualify on GT4 pole position for the big race.Middleton took the first of the two qualifying sessions and posted a best time of 2m13.196 seconds (98.93mph), the fastest GT4 lap, while Tregurtha delivered a near identical lap during the subsequent run. Combining their respective efforts, the time of 4m26.554 seconds secured an excellent pole start.

While frustrated to have been so unlucky in the race itself, which would have been their longest ever GT endurance encounter, Enlighten and iPro Sport-backed driver Tregurtha and North East Caravans supported youngster Middleton had huge praise for the remarkable efforts of the HHC pit crew.

 Will Tregurtha: “The pace was there again, we’re so disappointed. It was tough anyway this weekend as we had some top speed taken away from us after the last round at Snetterton, so it was quite hard to try and race against the McLarens – they’re 14mph quicker than us on the straights.“When the car lost drive, I’d just changed down to third gear at the end of the Maggotts, Becketts section and the way it was loaded up the driveshaft snapped. So I coasted down Hangar Straight, found a marshal’s post where the grass ends at Stowe and waited for the recovery truck. I can’t thank HHC enough, though, our car is rapid and the work they did to change the diff was incredible.”

Stuart Middleton: “We did everything we could considering what happened. Everything was fine on the warm-up lap for Will but he said as he pulled through the gears on the Hangar Straight, he just lost drive. The HHC guys did an amazing job to get the car back out so we could actually get to the finish, I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.“On mine and Will’s part, we did all we could and I think we’ve shown again what a fantastic team we all are. The pace was definitely there to challenge for a win today, we’re devastated but we just have to fight back in the next few races and show as a team what we’re capable of.”

Tregurtha and Middleton now head into a four week break from action in British GT4 ahead of their maiden visit to renowned Formula One venue Spa-Francorchamps. The Belgian track will host the fifth race meeting of the season between Thursday, 6th July, and Saturday, 8th July.

SECOND

SENSATIONAL

GT4 WIN

SECOND

SENSATIONAL

GT4 WIN

DATE:

Tuesday

30

May 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Snetterton

WEATHER:

Sunny

TRACK:

Dry

British GT4 Championship leaders Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton stormed to a remarkable second win of the 2017 season during round four at Snetterton 300 Circuit on Sunday, 28th May, which keeps the ultra-impressive duo on top of the points standings. 

Marking back-to-back victories for the HHC Motorsport pairing in their maiden season of endurance racing, having taken their debut success at Rockingham last time out, the win in round four more than confirmed Middleton and Tregurtha’s genuine championship credentials. 

While an unfortunate collision in the second of the Snetterton weekend’s one-hour contests led to a frustrating non-finish, the 17-year-old Ginetta G55 GT4 drivers head to the midway point of the season, round five at Silverstone a fortnight from now, 9.5 points clear at the top of the standings.

As has been the case since the beginning of their maiden British GT season, Tregurtha and Middleton shone in qualifying with very evenly matched performances in their respective runs. Tregurtha took the round four session and with a best time of 1m58.040 seconds (90.54mph) he secured second on the grid for race one, missing pole position by the tiny margin of 0.009 seconds.

Middleton climbed into the HHC Ginetta for the round five session and he too secured a front row start for the second of the weekend’s two races, a time of 1m57.492 seconds (90.96mph) within 0.2 seconds of pole position. 

At the beginning of Sunday’s opening encounter, Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha made a good launch from the rolling start and challenged for the lead around the outside into Riches before sealing the pass and going on to pull three seconds clear as the race reached one quarter distance. 

Building the lead even further, the Enlighten and iPro Sport-backed driver was almost five seconds to the good prior to the mid-race driver change pit-stop and after handing over the No.55 car to Middleton, the Ashington-based driver emerged onto the track in second place.

Notably, the HHC entry had to remain in the pits 10 seconds longer than rival crews by way of a ‘success’ penalty for winning at Rockingham. Running over two seconds adrift of the leading No.51 Ginetta, Middleton ate into the gap and within little more than a lap he was just 0.4 seconds adrift.

Swarming all over the back of race leader David Pittard, Middleton made the breakthrough with around five minutes to run thanks to a terrific pass into the Bomb Hole and he went on to pull out an advantage of more than two seconds before taking the chequered flag 1.8 seconds clear.

Middleton took the opening stint for round five and the North East Caravans supported driver was initially edged back to third place. Consolidating the position throughout the opening 25 minutes, when the pit-stop window opened Middleton was one of the first to hand over to his team-mate.

Tregurtha held second when the order settled but, before long, racing fell under caution when the Safety Car was required. At the resumption, with just 15 minutes remaining, the HHC driver made a successful bid for the lead at Hamilton by passing David Pattison but with the move placing the Ginetta slightly off-line for the next double right-hander, he was edged back to second again.

Just a couple of laps later, though, Tregurtha’s involvement came to a frustrating end when contact with another Ginetta at the chicane resulted in heavy damage which, ultimately, led to him running off the circuit at Riches at the start of the following lap. 

Better news came thanks to his best lap of the race, 1m58.650 seconds, which was a new GT4 lap record for Snetterton 300 Circuit and also ensured he took home the Sunoco Fastest Driver of the Weekend Award. 

Will Tregurtha:

“I’m so happy with the win, I can’t believe it really. I managed to build a gap of something like 4.9 seconds in my stint and that really helped as it meant we came out of the pits just behind [David] Pittard and [Alex] Reed. The car was really good throughout the stint, I can’t thank HHC enough. We came here looking for a podium, but to take a win is incredible – I’m over the moon.”

Stuart Middleton: 

“I’m so happy we’ve won again, I feel so confident with everything now – it’s all gelling and a result like this is mind-blowing to say the least. The whole team is absolutely fantastic and there’s no doubt we’re capable of these results on merit, everyone is absolutely buzzing. The move to get the lead is definitely on my top 10 list, I was thoroughly pleased to pull it off.”

Next on the British GT Championship calendar is a visit to Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for the sixth round of the season, over the weekend 10th/11th June.

TREGURTHA

MAKES

HISTORY

TREGURTHA

MAKES

HISTORY

DATE:

Monday

1

May 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Rockingham

WEATHER:

Dry

TRACK:

Bright

Endurance racing rookies Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton delivered an absolutely sensational performance during round three of the British GT4 Championship season at Rockingham on Sunday, 30th April, to secure a headline-grabbing maiden victory and, with it, the series points lead.

After making history at Oulton Park a fortnight ago as the youngest ever podium finishers in British GT during the series curtain-raiser, the HHC Motorsport pairing entered the record books once again in Northamptonshire over the weekend with a stunning result.Starting out the second race meeting of the season in perfect style with their maiden pole position, achieved by combining each driver’s quickest lap, Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha took the opening stint of the two-hour race.

 After handing the No.55 Ginetta G55 GT4 over from the lead of the race with less than 50 minutes to go at the end of a marathon stint, HHC electing to employ a very late pit stop strategy, Ashington driver Middleton then worked his way back into the lead and went on to take the chequered flag some 10 seconds clear – even with a late-race Safety Car period which closed up the pack.Going into round three, the duo’s longest ever race, third in the GT4 standings, Tregurtha and Middleton have rocketed to the top of the championship table with a healthy 15-point advantage. In the ‘Silver Class’ battle they are an even greater 25.5 points clear of their nearest pursuers.

Tregurtha and Middleton turn heads with supreme Rockingham showing

Qualifying certainly set the scene for a weekend of immense potential for the HHC pair. Middleton took the opening session and instantly shot to the top of the times, his first flying lap of 1m22.580 seconds securing provisional pole position. Taking over the car for session two, Tregurtha lapped in 1m22.885 seconds to ensure their maiden GT4 pole by almost half a second on combined times.Reigning Ginetta Junior Champion Tregurtha took the first hour of action on raceday and although edged back to fourth place on the opening lap, he swiftly battled back. Into third midway through the first tour, following an early Safety Car period the Enlighten and iPro Sport-backed driver pressured the similar Ginetta of Alex Reed and took second place on lap 10. In no time at all Tregurtha was right behind the leading McLaren, but the rival machine had the benefit of greater punch on the straights.

 In contrast, through the infield section Tregurtha was all over the back of the No.100 car and spent the remainder of his stint all-but glued to its rear bumper.When the leader pitted Tregurtha stayed on track and assumed first place, staying out until the 71st minute when he pitted from his marathon stint – one in which his water bottle failed – to hand over to Middleton. 

When the race order settled, the 2016 Ginetta Junior Vice-Champion was around 2.5 seconds adrift of first place but he decimated the leader’s advantage as he reeled in the McLaren.With half an hour to go, the North East Caravans supported driver seized his chance and swept past through the left-hander at Gracelands. Quickly establishing a lead of several seconds, Middleton’s advantage was then negated by the reappearance of the Safety Car with 25 minutes to run. At the re-start, with just 15 minutes to go, Middleton stormed into the distance and took the chequered flag at the end of the two hours some 10 seconds to the good to cap a truly remarkable weekend for the HHC entry.

 Will Tregurtha:

“We couldn’t really have asked for more this weekend, it’s incredible. The first stint was probably the most frustrating I’ve ever done, being stuck behind the McLaren – they drive away so quickly on the straight and then you can catch them up through the corners. It did mean at the end of the stint our tyres were still really good, so we could do some fast laps before jumping into the pits."

“It got pretty hot in the car, I lost my water bottle after about four laps – it just got burning hot. That wasn’t the nicest but it was a great race and an incredible result for us. We looked to see how long the tyres would last, in the race we just improvised and HHC got the pit-stop strategy absolutely right. By pitting late, we had better tyres for the second stint and Stuart did a great job to just drive away when he got by.”

Stuart Middleton: “It’s really, really good – I’m so happy with this result. The car was perfect, outstanding all the way through. Initially I was able to close down the McLaren fairly quickly, then it was a question of which lap to try and make a pass. I bided my time, waited for the perfect opportunity, and it came into the fast left at Gracelands after I got a really good run through the previous two corners."

“It’s always difficult following a car so close, especially with the McLaren and the Ginetta being so different as they hold us up in the braking zones. It was a tough job to get by but we did it and got the win so I’m delighted, I can’t thank HHC and my team-mate Will enough. To be winning this early in the season is incredible, I’m ecstatic."

Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the second ‘double-header’ of the British GT season over the weekend 27th/28th May, rounds four and five of the championship.

GT4 PODIUM

DEBUT FOR

TREGURTHA

GT4 PODIUM

DEBUT FOR

TREGURTHA

DATE:

Tuesday

18

April 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT

CIRCUIT:

Oulton Park

WEATHER:

Rain

TRACK:

Wet

British GT Championship rookies Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton celebrated a remarkable start to their respective endurance racing careers at Oulton Park International Circuit on Easter Monday, 17th April, with a sensational second place finish in GT4 during the first race of the new season.

Delivering superb pace throughout the event at the undulating Cheshire track, with Tregurtha almost taking the round one pole position during his maiden run, the HHC Motorsport duo – both part of the MSA Academy’s national squad – went on to secure a head turning top-two result in the rain-hit first race.

Winning the Silver class too in the No.55 Ginetta G55 GT4, the team-mates went on to climb through from 11th on the grid in round two later in the day to claim a richly deserved top four result. Ending the championship curtain-raiser a lofty third in the overall GT4 standings, only five points shy of the lead, they also hold the Silver class points lead in GT4.

Milton Keynes racer Tregurtha, the reigning Ginetta Junior Champion, lapped a sensational second fastest in qualifying for round one with a time of 1m43.119 seconds (93.98mph) to only miss pole position on his debut by a mere 0.016 seconds. Taking the first stint of the rain-affected first race, Tregurtha maintained position initially and although edged back to fourth prior to the opening of the pit-stop window he stayed in contention in the podium battle. As rivals began to serve their mandatory driver-change stops, the HHC driver stayed on track and he moved into the lead of GT4 before pitting with just under 27 minutes to run. 

Enjoying a clean driver change, Ashington racer Middleton held third in GT4 when the race order stabilised and he then moved into second place when the class leading Aston Martin was served a stop-go penalty for a pit-stop infringement. Taking the Silver lead too as a result, Middleton went on to take the flag less than nine seconds shy of the GT4 winner at the end of the 60-minute contest.

Starting the dry second race from 10th on the grid, Middleton took the opening half-hour stint and made strong progress. Rising into seventh by lap five, an unfortunate moment on his eighth lap dropped the 2016 Ginetta Junior Vice-Champion outside the top 10.

Battling back into ninth before handing the car over to his team-mate, after the stop Tregurtha worked his way into seventh place in GT4 prior to a huge accident between a pair of GT3 cars at Hilltop. Able to thread his way through the carnage in sixth before the appearance of the Safety Car and, ultimately, an early chequered flag, Tregurtha was elevated into fourth due to penalties for two rival entries.  

Will Tregurtha:“It’s been really good, we did have a couple of problems in practice but the team sorted those and HHC gave us a mega car for qualifying. In the first race the car was great in the second half of my stint, we had a good driver change and pit-stop. It was a little conservative but almost all of the others got penalties which played into our hands. “Just watching Stuart in the car in the second race was a new experience, you’re willing your team-mate to look after the car, but he did so well. To be only five points off the championship lead is pretty impressive for our first weekend. I think we should be stronger at Rockingham, the longer stint times will help as we’re both quick and evenly matched.”

Stuart Middleton: “It’s been a fantastic weekend. For the first meeting we’ve ever done in British GT, to take second in our first race and then fourth from 10th on the grid in the second one, it’s more than we could have hoped for. Everyone did a fantastic job, the team worked really hard.“It was very tricky with the weather all weekend to be honest, changing conditions all the time in almost every session, but I suppose it was good experience to have some time in the dry and wet. After such a strong start, wins are definitely on the cards as we’ll continue to get stronger and stronger. To be this quick off the bat is amazing.”

British GT4 Championship Standings (after Rd2)3rd Stuart Middleton & Will Tregurtha, 30ptsBritish GT4 Championship – Silver Class Standings (after Rd2)1st Stuart Middleton & Will Tregurtha, 43pts

Tregurtha

Aims

High

Tregurtha

Aims

High

DATE:

Friday

31

March 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT Championship

CIRCUIT:

Snetterton (Media Day)

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Dry

British GT Championship debutant Will Tregurtha enjoyed a highly productive start to the 2017 season countdown at Snetterton in Norfolk earlier this week, where he and team-mate Stuart Middleton ended the officially timed ‘Media Day’ test an impressive second fastest in GT4.

Marking the first and only officially timed collective outing for the British GT contingent before the opening round of the endurance series at Oulton Park in Cheshire over Easter weekend, the outing on Tuesday, 28th March, went as well as could have been expected for the HHC Motorsport duo.Quickest in the first of the day’s three test sessions at Snetterton’s 300 Circuit, with a time of 1m58.398 seconds (90.27mph), in the afternoon during session two the No.55 Ginetta G55 GT4 posted the third best lap of 1m59.256 seconds (89.62mph).

During session three a time of 1m59.012 seconds (89.80mph) was achieved, placing the team-mates fourth in GT4. Overall for the day, thanks to their morning best, Tregurtha and Middleton concluded the test an excellent second fastest – a mere 0.029 seconds shy of the pace-setting Maserati.

Looking ahead to the start of his maiden season in British GT, where he and Middleton will share driving duties in their Ginetta G55 GT4 during races of between one and three hours in duration, the Enlighten-backed reigning Ginetta Junior Champion is setting his sights high.

“British GT is definitely where I wanted to go”, said the Milton Keynes racer

“Everything has gone well so far, the team is fantastic and I work with Stuart really well. The car is good too, with the ABS and traction control it’s actually pretty easy to drive. I suppose the hardest thing to adjust to will be the longer races, although I don’t think fitness is going to be an issue, and the pit-stops."

“To be honest, I’d like to win the championship in our first season. We definitely have the pace to do it and the team to do it as well, we just need the BOP [Balance of Performance] to work out for us and things like the weather to go our way!”

In only his second season in car racing last year, 16-year-old Tregurtha enjoyed a magnificent campaign which culminated in a memorable championship triumph. Winning six races and taking 13 podiums, he secured the crown with one race meeting to spare. Away from the track, he is studying for the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence and is also in demand as a sim-racing instructor for leading motorsport simulation team Apex Racing UK.

Turning attention back to the physical race track, the move into British GT is certainly a big leap from the ranks of Ginetta Junior but Tregurtha, who will celebrate his 17th birthday tomorrow, Saturday, 1st April, is determined to hit the ground running when the season gets underway.

Cheshire’s Oulton Park International Circuit will host the opening pair of 60-minute races over Easter weekend, 15th-17th April. Live timing of all track sessions will be available via TSL

Tregurtha

Graduates

to GT4

Tregurtha

Graduates

to GT4

DATE:

Monday

30

January 2017

EVENT:

2017 British GT GT4 Championship

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Ginetta Junior Champion Will Tregurtha will make his British GT Championship debut this year with HHC Motorsport after being confirmed as one of the series’ new full-season GT4 entries.

British GT’s junior class has attracted unprecedented levels of interest since 2017’s entry process opened last November. Indeed, such was the demand that several high-profile prospective outfits and drivers have had to wait for their plans to be confirmed. One of those, HHC Motorsport, announced its intentions before Christmas but has now had one of its Ginetta entries officially selected by SRO. The option to run a second G55 also remains a possibility.

HHC brings with it a wealth of experience and success from the Ginetta Junior, British F4 and British F3 championships, as well as two drivers more accustomed to being rivals than co-drivers. Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton spent 2016 notching up a combined 13 wins and 27 podium finishes in their battle for the Ginetta Junior crown, which ultimately went the way of Tregurtha. 

Tregurtha and Middleton will become the youngest pairing ever to race in British GT when they line up at Oulton Park on April 17. The duo will have a combined age of just 34 years and 204 days. That’s 221 days fewer than the record currently held by Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn who were collectively 35 years and 60 days old when they first raced together in 2015.

Commenting on his Graduation to GT4 Tregurtha added:

“I cannot wait to get started. HHC took me to the Ginetta Junior title last season and it was an easy decision to stay with them for the move into British GT,” he said.

"They are great to work with, produce fast cars and are highly professional in everything they do.  Stuart and I get on very well, we raced with respect last year in some very close battles at the front and I know first-hand just how fast he is. I think we will make a strong team and our aim is to win races. But we also know we are going to have to put in a lot effort to make that happen.”

17-year-old Middleton added: 

“I’m so pleased and excited that our British GT4 entry has now been accepted. It represents a fantastic opportunity to take a massive step forwards in my pursuit of a professional motorsport career. Everyone’s talking about GT4 as the logical move for young drivers, and doing so with Ginetta also makes perfect sense.”

Team boss Charlie Kemp also confirmed British GT represented a logical next step for HHC.

“We’re delighted to be able to confirm that our 2017 British GT entry has now been officially accepted,” he said.

“The demand for spaces on the grid has been phenomenal and is testament to the quality of British GT Championship’s thriving GT4 class. Pairing Will and Stuart with the G55 - a car we already know well from our GT4 Supercup programme - makes for an exciting package, and also the youngest crew in British GT history. But we know this won’t be easy; the standard of teams and drivers is so high. Nevertheless, I’d like to think we’ll be in the championship hunt come the end of the season."

“It’s our long-term aim to run a second car in GT4 and also enter the GT3 class. Our commitment to the championship is absolute - we’re aiming to make it our home for the foreseeable future.”

This season’s British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park on April 15/17. Click here to purchase tickets - Adult prices start at just £19 and under-13s go free! Plus, don’t forget there’s free general admission to British GT’s Media Day, which will be held at Snetterton on March 28

BRITISH GT

DEBUT ON

THE CARDS

BRITISH GT

DEBUT ON

THE CARDS

DATE:

Friday

11

November 2016

EVENT:

2017 British GT GT4 Championship

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Enlighten-sponsored Ginetta Junior Champion Will Tregurtha has been named as one of two drivers for HHC Motorsport's planned entry into the GT4 class of the 2016 British GT Championship.

With the GT4 class being extremely popular, HHC has already paid its deposit to championship organisers SRO for 2017 and has now entered the selection process that confirms which teams will be on the grid next season.

To underline its commitment to the championship, HHC has signed Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton for the 2017 championship. The two spent 2016 as fierce rivals in the Ginetta Junior Championship with Will winning the title and Stuart finishing as his runner-up.

Between them, 16-year-old Will and 17-year-old Stuart took 13 wins and 27 podium finishes during 2016 and now aim to advance their careers by teaming up together in GT racing.

HHC Motorsport boss Charlie Kemp said: “We are very excited about our plans to enter British GT in 2017. With Will and Stuart we have two very exciting young drivers who have bright futures ahead of them and we are delighted that they have teamed up together to help advance us into British GT.

“We understand that SRO wants the best teams on the grid next season but we feel that with our track record and these two exciting young talents, we hope we put a very strong case forward to getting an entry for 2017.

"Drivers, car, budget and personnel are all in place and we now hope for as early commitment as possible from SRO so that we can start a testing programme and confirm ourselves as a serious GT team from round one. It is our long-term aim to run a second car in GT4 and also operate an entry in GT3 as well, so our commitments to SRO and the British GT Championship is an absolute one as we aim to make this our home for the foreseeable future.

“We have chosen to run a Ginetta G55 in GT4 and it is a car that we know inside out thanks to our time in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. This is a major commitment from all of us - team and drivers - and a big challenge. It is a step up for us into long-distance GT racing and it is the first time that two drivers will move straight from Ginetta Junior racing into British GT.

"We are sure that the spotlight will be on them but they have both proved to have plenty of ability and old heads on young shoulders and hence we believe that, together, we will be a major force in the GT4 class next year. It is our intention to be at the front of the GT4 grid at the first round and to challenge for the title.”

Previous stars to have progressed on from HHC Motorsport include Lando Norris, Charlie Robertson, Will Palmer and Harrison Newey, to name just a few. While the team has achieved championship and race successes in each category that it has contested.

EYES ON

THE

PRIZE

EYES ON

THE

PRIZE

DATE:

Friday

11

November 2016

EVENT:

iRacing Pressor

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

You might expect an aspiring young race driver who lives near Silverstone and earned multiple wins at the same Rye House karting track that launched Lewis Hamilton’s career would  be keen to follow the three-time world champion’s footsteps into Formula One.  But while that might be so for many a Rye House alumnus, it’s not the case with Will Tregurtha who captured the UK’s 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship in impressive fashion.

“Like any driver, I would like to be World Champion but for me GTs and Prototypes is the route I want to take,” says the 16-year old Tregurtha.  “I’d love to give single seaters a try, but the path to F1 is so expensive and, at the end of the day there are only two dozen rides available, total.  Especially with the introduction of the LMP3 class, the prototype ladder is more cost effective for an up and coming driver than the single seater categories.  There’s also GT4 as a route to GT3 and something like the Blancpain series where you can get tied-in to a manufacturers like Porsche, Ferrari and Ginetta.”

Although Fernando Alonso rates high on his list of heroes, Tregurtha points to a couple of well-established sports car drivers as role models.

“Patrick Long is a good example of how a driver can have a very successful career as a professional race driver when they establish a long lasting relationship with a manufacturer like Porsche,” he says.  “Likewise Nick Tandy.   I’m really inspired by his career.  So I see my path leading to Le Mans, IMSA, Blancpain rather than Formula One.”

Having worked his way up through the UK’s fiercely competitive karting system, the Milton Keyens-based Tregurtha is certainly on the right path to establishing a relationship with Ginetta…

Read the full article on iRacing

TREGURTHA

2016

CHAMPION

TREGURTHA

2016

CHAMPION

DATE:

Tuesday

20

September 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Silverstone

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Dry

Enlighten-sponsored Will Tregurtha is the 2016 Ginetta Junior Champion after another outstanding performance at Silverstone last weekend.

The 16-year-old celebrated with his HHC Motorsport team after finishes of fifth, fourth and second in three races over the weekend at the home of British motorsport confirmed his championship success with one meeting at Brands Hatch still to go.

After 23 races this season Tregurtha has compiled an incredible record of six wins, 13 podiums and 22 finishes inside the top five against some of the top young drivers in the sport.

The Milton-Keynes based driver knew he needed to outscore his main championship rival Stuart Middleton to claim the crown at Silverstone and with Middleton unfortunately struggling, Tregurtha stayed calm during some frenetic action at the front in all three races to coolly claim the results required.

The live ITV4 cameras - and a huge Silverstone crowd for the British Touring Car meeting - watched as Tregurtha was enveloped by HHC team in joyful scenes after the third and final race on Sunday afternoon.

The Ginetta Junior Championship has launched the careers of multiple professional drivers including British Touring Car race winner Tom Ingram - as well as former GP3 stars Seb Morris, Dino Zamparelli, European Le Mans Series champion Charlie Robertson and Formula Renault Eurocup leader and F1 hopeful Lando Norris.

Tregurtha said: "I just want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this position over the last few years. Team KR-Sport, from my hometown Milton Keynes, gave me success in karting, RCE in my first year of Ginettas and now HHC Motorsport have handed me a fantastic car all year so I have been able to win the championship.

"HHC have just been fantastic to work with and you can see why they have won this title in three of the last four years. The car has been fast and totally reliable and I am very grateful to them for all their hard work. They are a great bunch of people.

"Winning the championship is also some sort of payback for my sponsors Enlighten Operational Excellence. Without them I would not even be on the grid."

Tregurtha will evaluate all his options after the final meeting of the season at Brands Hatch in two weeks before deciding on his racing plans for 2017.

RUMBLE

AT

ROCKINGHAM

RUMBLE

AT

ROCKINGHAM

DATE:

Tuesday

30

August 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Rockingham

WEATHER:

Cloudy/Bright

TRACK:

Dry

Enlighten-sponsored Will Tregurtha extended his lead in the Ginetta Junior Championship after an action-packed three races at Rockingham Motor Speedway last weekend.

The 16-year-old from Milton Keynes now has a 55 point lead in the title race - although that reduces to 35 points once dropped scores are taken into account. With five races in the season to go, at Silverstone and Brands Hatch, Tregurtha knows there is still plenty of work to do.

But he was certainly on top form at Rockingham in front of a large crowd and the live ITV cameras on the British Touring Car package. His HHC Motorsport team gave him a perfectly balanced car and Tregurtha took full advantage in his 120mph machine - storming to pole position in qualifying by an almost unheard of margin in Ginetta Juniors of 0.65 seconds.

That gave him a great opportunity to pick up a strong result in race one - and after a thrilling battle with fellow title contender Stuart Middleton - Tregurtha had to settle for second place. Race two was delayed from Saturday afternoon by a torrential rainstorm but when it did take place on Sunday morning Tregurtha was in brilliant form, storming to victory by more than six seconds.

The third and final race featured a reversed grid for the top six drivers, putting Tregurtha down in sixth place at the start. After a controlled drive he eased through to a fifth-placed finish while rivals faltered. As well as picking up a win, a second place and a fifth - he also had the fastest lap in all three races.

The latest results mean that Tregurtha has now amassed six victories, 12 podiums and an astonishing 19 top-five finished in the 20 races of the season so far.

The penultimate round of the season is at Silverstone on September 17/18 when the 20-strong Ginetta Junior field will again face three tough battles.

TREGURTHA

EXTENDS

LEAD

TREGURTHA

EXTENDS

LEAD

DATE:

Tuesday

16

August 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Knockhill

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Drying/Dry

Enlighten-sponsored Will Tregurtha extended his lead in Ginetta Junior Championship after picking up his fifth win of the season in a ferocious three race weekend at Knockhill in Scotland.

Knockhill is a tight, undulating track and the huge crowd and live ITV 4 cameras were treated to unremitting action as the 120mph Juniors starred on the British Touring Car package.

Tregurtha was fourth out of 17 racers in qualifying but could only finish fifth in race one. That improved to fourth in the second race of the weekend as a controversial battle featured plenty of contact up and down the grid as well as penalties for two of the 16-year-old's rivals for jumping the start.

Brilliant work by the Milton Keynes youngster's team, HHC Motorsport, gave him a perfectly balanced car for race three on Sunday in front of a packed crowd at the circuit just north of Edinburgh. And Tregurtha took full advantage - helped by yet another jump start penalty to the leader Lewis Brown - he took the lead on lap 4 and calmly stretched the gap to second place to nearly three seconds by the chequered flag.

Tregurtha now leads the championship by 36 points with eight races left, split over the last three rounds at Rockingham, Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

Tregurtha said: "I must thank HHC and Enlighten for helping me get to this position. HHC are working so hard to give me a great car and I would not even be able to compete without Enlighten's support." 

TREGURTHA

SUPERB AT

SNETTERTON

TREGURTHA

SUPERB AT

SNETTERTON

DATE:

Wednesday

3

August 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Snetterton

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Drying/Dry

Enlighten-sponsored racing driver Will Tregurtha stormed into a 25-point lead in the UK's Ginetta Junior championship after picking up two more podiums in an action-packed pair of races at Snetterton last weekend.

With 14 rounds of the 25-race season gone, Tregurtha now has four race wins and nine top-three finishes for his HHC Motorsport team but the 16-year-old from Milton Keynes knows there is plenty more hard work to come.

Racing on the British Touring Car package in front of a huge crowd at Snetterton as well as the live ITV4 cameras, Tregurtha's weekend got off to a perfect start when he took pole position in qualifying by 0.25 of a second. Working with team-mate Lewis Brown, the pair used the slipstream to good effect to take the top two positions on the grid for the first race.

In a typically close and exciting seven laps round the three mile circuit, Tregurtha eventually had to settle for third out of 21 drivers - all in identical 120mph Ginetta G40 cars.

That meant he had to start third in the second race on Sunday afternoon but a brilliant start meant he had the lead after the second corner. Following a frenetic battle Tregurtha again finished third on the road - but a penalty handed out to race winner Dan Harper elevated Tregurtha into second and put Harper back to third.

The 57 points earned from the weekend lifted Tregurtha back into top spot in the championship before trips in the next few weeks to the Knockhill Circuit in Scotland, Rockingham, Silverstone and the series finale on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch.

TREGURTHA

READY FOR

HSF RACE

TREGURTHA

READY FOR

HSF RACE

DATE:

Monday

4

July 2016

EVENT:

HSF Brooklands Team Challenge

CIRCUIT:

WEATHER:

TRACK:

Ginetta will return to the Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Karting Challenge on Tuesday 5 July at Mercedes-Benz World with an all-star line-up of Charlie Robertson, Lewis Brown Stuart Middleton and Will Tregurtha.

The foursome all have impressive kart racing credentials and Team Manager Robertson - who led the Ginetta entry to overall victory in 2014 - is firmly expecting to be running at the sharp end with current Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship protagonists, Stuart Middleton, Will Tregurtha and Lewis Brown.

Meanwhile, Ginetta will also be represented within a second team entry after being offered the chance to place a female racer as part of Team Sky. Nicole Firth, Apprentice CAD Designer at Ginetta who has years of karting experience as part of Easykart joins Laura Tillett, Jessica Hawkins and Rachel Brookes on a second team.

John Surtees OBE; “Ginetta played a special part in the life of Henry and myself. Following a very enjoyable and instructive period in karting, Henry asked me about the possibility of driving a car. Looking at what was available, the Ginetta junior was the answer to learn new circuits and techniques as well as getting an understanding of car setup. His first win at Snetterton was very special. We are delighted that Ginetta continue to support Henry through the Henry Surtees Foundation.”

Will Tregurtha, Driver; “It will be a real thrill to race in the Henry Surtees Karting Challenge. It is a great cause and a brilliant event for a young driver like myself to be involved in. It is also going to be a fantastic opportunity to spend time with - and learn from - the two Ginetta factory drivers Mike Simpson and Charlie Robertson. They are great examples for me to follow.”

Charlie Robertson, Ginetta Factory Driver and HSF Brooklands Team Challenge Team Manager; "I'm really looking forward to returning to the Henry Surtees Brooklands Team Karting Challenge, and representing Ginetta whilst raising money for such a great and important cause. It was a fantastic event last year and full of action all the way through. Not only that, but I’m looking to get our title back this year!”

Stuart Middleton, Driver; “Thanks to Ginetta for this brilliant opportunity. It’s fantastic to be a part of such a poignant charity event, and to race alongside talent such as Mike, Charlie and Will really does stand us in great stead to take some silverware!”

Each year the HSF Team Karting Challenge receives tremendous support from a host of star names from the world of motorsport, business and the entertainment industry and 2016 will be no exception. The action-packed day is a ‘must do’ event for all motorsport enthusiasts.

Exciting

Title

Battle

Exciting

Title

Battle

DATE:

Monday

20

June 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Croft

WEATHER:

Overcast

TRACK:

Dry/Wet

Will Tregurtha fought back after a nightmare start to the latest Ginetta Junior Championship race weekend at Croft to secure an excellent race win in front of the live ITV4 cameras on Sunday.

The 16-year-old, sponsored by Enlighten Operational Excellence, is now locked in an exciting battle with Stuart Middleton at the top of the championship table after 12 of the season's 25 races which take place in front of huge crowds on the British Touring Car package - as well as millions on live television.

Tregurtha has been tackling his GCSEs this summer and his Shenley Brook End School arranged for him to take a Physics examination on Friday morning close to the Croft circuit near Darlington. That allowed him to drive in two important afternoon test sessions with his HHC Motorsport team later in the day.

The effort paid off as the Milton Keynes youngster finished second in qualifying just over one-tenth of a second behind Middleton.

But disaster struck at the second corner of the first race when Tregurtha was sent tumbling down to 20th place after being hit by another car. A battling drive got him back up to 10th by the chequered flag.

From 10th on the grid in race two Tregurtha again showed off his overtaking skills and he finished fifth but with Middleton winning both races Tregurtha knew he needed something special in the third and final Ginetta Junior race of the meeting in front of the ITV cameras.

And he did not disappoint. With Middleton unfortunately also suffering bad luck in a first-corner crash, Tregurtha stormed through from fifth to take the win and close the gap to just four points at the top of the table.

In the 12 races of the season so far, Tregurtha now has four victories, seven podiums and has only once finished outside of the top five. He is next in action at the end of July at Snetterton in Norfolk.

Tregurtha said afterwards: "I have got to thank HHC for giving me such a great car all weekend. They have worked so hard for me and it was great to repay them with a win. The same goes for my sponsors Enlighten who have given me brilliant backing."

Tregurtha

takes title

lead

Tregurtha

takes title

lead

DATE:

Monday

6

June 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Oulton Park

WEATHER:

Sunny

TRACK:

Dry, Hot

Will Tregurtha took the lead in the Ginetta Junior Championship after a near-perfect weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire.

The 16-year old from Milton Keynes grabbed pole position and won both races in front of a huge crowd as his title challenge ignited.

In fact that wasn't the only thing that caught fire as one his rivals, Irish driver Daniel Harper, had to evacuate in a hurry after flames took hold of the front of his car in the Ginettas' second race of the weekend.

Tregurtha, sponsored by Enlighten Operational Excellence, was quick in practice on Friday - but worked with his HHC Motorsport team to find even more pace for Saturday qualifying.

And that hard work paid off as the Shenley Brook End School pupil improved by half a second to top the time sheets in the crucial qualifying session on Saturday afternoon which set the grid for race one.

Despite a slightly sluggish start off the line Tregurtha ended the first lap of that race in front and then pulled out a near 2.5 second gap by the chequered flag from his HHC teammate Charlie Fagg.

On Sunday, as a 35-40,000 crowd flocked into Oulton to watch the British Touring Car action, Tregurtha was determined to make a better start in his 120mph machine and give his rivals an even tougher job to catch him. 

That plan appeared to work perfectly as he disappeared up the road to an astonishing 3.4 second gap by the end of the third lap. However two laps later the safety car was called out as Harper's car smouldered by the side of the track - bunching the field back together. Unfortunately for the crowd and the hundreds of thousands watching live on ITV4 - the race finished under safety car conditions because Harper's wreckage could not be moved in time.

That mattered little to Tregurtha as the deserved victory put him one point clear of Ashington's Stuart Middleton in the championship battle. 

In fact in the nine races of the championship so far, featuring more than 20 of the best young drivers in the UK and America, Tregurtha's incredible record reads; three wins, two second places, one third - and no finishes outside the top five. 

The youngster has two weeks before his next outing at the Croft circuit in the north east - a time he will fill with his GCSE exams.

Championship standings: http://www.ginetta.com/racing.php?championship=junior&tab=standings

TREGURTHA

TRIUMPHS AT

THRUXTON

TREGURTHA

TRIUMPHS AT

THRUXTON

DATE:

Monday

9

May 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Thruxton

WEATHER:

Sunny

TRACK:

Dry

Enlighten-sponsored racer Will Tregurtha produced another excellent performance in the Ginetta Junior Championship at a packed Thruxton circuit last weekend as his championship challenge gathered further momentum.

The 16-year-old from Milton Keynes finished second in both of his two races and thrilled the thousands of spectators present at the British Touring Car meeting as well as the live ITV TV audience with some extraordinary overtaking.

Having qualified third Tregurtha engaged in a breathtaking 110mph scrap in race one with championship-leader Stuart Middleton throughout the nine laps around the fearsomely-quick Hampshire circuit. Middleton finally grabbed the win by just over one-tenth of a second.

And in race two Tregurtha again held the lead several times but was once more denied top step on the podium, this time by Kent's Dave Wooder who crossed the line just three-tenths ahead. Both races proved a huge hit with the live crowd, those watching on TV at home and on social media.

In seven races so far this season, against 20 of the best young drivers in the country, Tregurtha has picked up one win, two second places, one third - and has not finished outside of the top five. He is now just 14 points behind Middleton in the battle for the title with 18 races still to go.

The Shenley Brook End School pupil, who is studying for GCSE exams in the next few weeks, said: "I've got to thank my team HHC Motorsport for giving me a great car this weekend. Obviously I am disappointed not to have picked up another win after coming so close but the races were great fun to be involved in and I think we gave everyone watching some good entertainment.

"We picked up a lot of points for the championship as well which is the main aim. All in all it was a really good weekend and two podiums in two races is a decent result."

Tregurtha is next in action at Oulton Park in Cheshire on June 4/5.

FIGHT FOR

CHAMPIONSHIP

STRENGTHENS

FIGHT FOR

CHAMPIONSHIP

STRENGTHENS

DATE:

Tuesday

19

April 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Donington Park

WEATHER:

Cloudy

TRACK:

Dry

After his Ginetta Junior race victory at Brands Hatch Will headed to Donington Park for a triple-header event in his Enlighten-branded G40 with high hopes of more podiums.

A heavy crash in Friday practice gave his HHC Motorsport team a lot of hard work to do before qualifying on Saturday but the high-speed impact, caused as another driver veered straight in front of him, clearly did not dent Will's confidence. Despite a near total lack of practice he still put the Enlighten car sixth in qualifying out of 21 runners.

A strong fifth place in the first race of the weekend was a decent start and Will followed that up with fourth in race two. The final race held in front of a large crowd on Sunday gave the live ITV audience some outstanding entertainment with Will at the heart of the action.

With the lead changing hands multiple times Will was engaged in a huge battle for the win - even featuring an exciting pass on the grass through the fearsome Craner Curves. He eventually ended up third, his second podium in the five races of the Ginetta Junior Championship so far.

Will now heads to the fastest circuit in the UK, Thruxton, in early May for the next two races in his season which already looks like developing into a serious fight for the overall championship. 

Will said afterwards: "I would have loved another win and I went for it on the last lap when I saw a gap to go past the leader. It didn't quite work and I lost my second place and dropped to third. But if you see a gap you have got to go for it. I've picked up good solid points again and also managed to get lots of TV time for the Enlighten car! Thruxton is one of my favourite tracks so I can't wait to get going there in a few weeks."

Will's race can be viewed here (just scroll down to Ginetta Juniors round 5) http://www.itv.com/btcc/races/watch-donington-park-2016

More on the Ginetta Junior Championship: http://www.ginetta.com/racing.php?championship=junior&tab=info

FLYING START

FOR WILL

AT BRANDS

FLYING START

FOR WILL

AT BRANDS

DATE:

Monday

4

April 2016

EVENT:

2016 Ginetta Junior Championship

CIRCUIT:

Brands Hatch Indy

WEATHER:

Sunny

TRACK:

Dry

Enlighten-sponsored youngster Will Tregurtha got his 2016 season off to a flying start with victory in his first race of the season at the historic Brands Hatch circuit in the UK.

Tregurtha, who only turned 16 the day before, competes in the 120mph Ginetta Junior Championship which is one of the world's most prestigious series for aspiring racing drivers.

Races are broadcast live to huge audiences on the free-to-air ITV4 channel and in front of packed crowds at the circuits themselves. The Ginetta Juniors are known for their action-packed wheel to wheel action which fans enjoy as part of the headline British Touring Car package.

Tregurtha, who is fully focussed on a career as a professional race driver, put his Enlighten-liveried Ginetta G40J on the front row of the grid in qualifying and then stormed to an exciting victory by less than a second in race one.

In race two Tregurtha, from Milton Keynes in England, was again battling for the lead when a slight collision on the very last corner demoted him to fifth. However, it is clear that he has the pace the challenge for race wins throughout the season which takes in 23 more races across nine weekends at the UK's top race tracks.

Tregurtha said: "I am delighted to have picked up my first win in the very first race of the season. Both for myself and for Tony Tregurtha, AJ and Brent Churchill at Enlighten who have given me so much support.

"My team HHC Motorsport did a great job with the car and it was a shame that I couldn’t pick up another podium in race two on Sunday.

“But we had a great battle at the front and I think it was entertaining for the live ITV cameras.

“That result just makes me more determined to push for wins again at Donington and Thruxton where we race next."

Will's race calendar is here: http://ginetta.com/racing.php?championship=junior&tab=circuits