“It was the best ever feeling on that podium”
Donington Park Test Day 13 April 2017
We recently had a chat with Ginetta Junior Championship (GJC) racer Luke Browning during a test day at Donington Park whilst he prepared for his second GJC event of the 2017 season.
Q: What is your competitive motorsport experience to date?
I started independent karting competing at 3 Sisters in Wigan and Hooton Park and moved to NKF, then I decided to compete in the 2016 Junior Saloon Car Championship, where I achieved 4 podiums and a win in my first year. I am now racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship with Richardson Racing.
Q: Why move from JSCC to GJC?
I attended the Autosport show at the NEC in January and entered a competition on the Richardson Racing SIM just for fun. We received a call from the Team Principal who asked me to come and do some more SIM work and this progressed to a test in their GJC Ginetta G40. Following a successful test I was invited to join the team for the 2017 GJC season. The GJC has a high media profile on the TOCA package and this is of huge benefit for sponsorship and future racer selection.
Q: What has been the lowest point in your motorsport career so far and how did you overcome this?
I was excluded from 2 races at the JSCC Knockhill race event last year due to a technical infringement, which we were completely unaware of but I used it to build mental strength for a positive attitude to any setbacks in future racing.
Q: What has been the highest point in your motorsport career so far?
My best ever moment in motorsport to date has to be my JSCC win at Brands Hatch last year, it was the best ever feeling on that podium.
How do you manage to juggle school and racing commitments successfully?
I try to do as much testing as I can during holidays but my school is very supportive as long as I keep up to date with my studies, so I make up for any time off with extra homework.
Q: Do you think there is any opportunity to improve junior motorsport in any way to encourage more junior racers?
I would like to see more instructors trained to work specifically in junior motorsport. I feel a different set of skills is needed to coach a 14 year old racer as opposed to someone older. Juniors have a limited amount of time to achieve success in junior motorsport, which is critical if we want to go on and become successful racers of the future and finding the right instructor/coach for our needs can be a challenge in this limited timescale.
Q: What are your goals this season?
To stand on that top step of the podium.
Q: Future plans? What are you long term goals in motorsport?
I’m keeping my options open!
Q: Who is your motorsport role model?
Jim Clarke I’ve been reading up on him and he was very clever.
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Everyone at Junior Torque would like to wish Luke all the best for his 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship season.
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