Podium double for young Dronfield drivers

Sennan Proctor and Billy Monger
Sennan Proctor and Billy Monger

The JHR Developments team continued where they left off in 2014 by dominating the Ginetta Junior Championship to begin their 2015 motor racing season.

As the Dronfield-based team fielded six of the 24 entrants in the 2015 Kick Start Energy Ginetta Junior Championship, podiums were expected and the team were not let down.

In Round 1, new team member 15-year-old Billy Monger qualified in third place and after a blistering start he took the lead by lap two, grabbing his maiden race win, and Senna Proctor in his second season with the team, finished third.

So the team had two on the podium, while Dan Zelos also in his second year, qualified seventh and took the flag in ninth, while new team members, Esmee Hawkey, Sebastian Perez (son of the Chesterfield drinks magnate and series sponsor, Steve Perez) and Rowan Bailey, qualified 13th, 15th and 19th, unfortunately all went backwards and finished, 22nd, 21st and 20th.

Their finishing order set the grid for Round 2, and at the lights Monger from pole position headed the field with 16 year-old Proctor taking third.

Unfortunately at the rear of the pack, exiting turn one, Bailey was spun around and unsighted, Hawkey slammed into him, ending both their races, their cars blocking the track causing the race to be stopped.

At the restart Monger made a textbook getaway, holding the lead, Proctor swapped paint with Jamie Caroline, pushing his way through to claim third spot before the first corner.

On lap 2 Proctor got into his stride and took second place, and the race settled down until the penultimate lap when Caroline snatched second from Proctor.

At the final corner, Caroline saw a chance for the lead that was not really there, shouldering Monger towards the gravel trap, Caroline lead briefly, but as he ran wide it allowed Proctor through into the lead to take his maiden victory.

Proctor tops the championship leader board, three points ahead.The team’s other results were, Zelos 5th, Perez 13th and Monger recovering from the gravel, a disgruntled 14th.

Hunter is also entering singleton entries in two other categories to keep him and the JHR boys very busy in support races at BTCC meetings.

They have a presence in the 2015 MSA Formula Championship, in the shape of Chesterfield 19-year-old Sennan Fielding, who acquitted himself well in Round 1 of this totally new series.

Making up for a disappointing qualifying in 15th, taking fifth at the start, Fielding came in fourth place.

On the opening lap of Round 2 Fielding was tapped into a spin and ended his race beached on the kerbs.

Round 3 saw him run wide and lose vital ground, coming home 10th to be ninth in the championship.

Sportscar racing legend, Michael Caine in JHR’s only car in the 2015 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, did “a good job” considering the car is less than a month old.

Caine finished seventh, sixth and sixth in the three rounds, and is sixth in the Championship.