15th May 2019
14-year-old Zak O’Sullivan is poised for this weekend’s round of the Ginetta Junior Championship at the thrilling Thruxton circuit after a brilliant start to his 2019 campaign.
Zak currently sits third in the championship standings, having racked up a total of 116 points so far. He is also paving the way forward in the rookie championship, 24 points ahead of his rivals at this early stage after making the switch from karts to cars at the start of the year.
In the season opener at Brands Hatch, the Douglas Motorsport driver immediately made his mark in his new surroundings by topping the timesheets in the first free practice session of 2019. The weekend continued with this momentum, and Zak earnt a second-placed podium in his Ginetta Junior debut race. Further testament to his rapid pace, he scored a rookie podium in the second race to top off his fantastic weekend.
With the success fresh in his mind after a strong first round, Zak headed to Donington Park for the next weekend of racing. The excellent results were repeated and he made two trips to the rostrum with two P2s. In addition, he excelled and picked up two rookie wins and a further rookie podium.
With triumph in the early part of the season, Zak now heads to the fastest track on the calendar to continue his championship campaign. The 2.356-mile Thruxton circuit has been home to thrilling wheel-to-wheel battles in the Ginetta Junior Championship before, and Zak hopes this weekend will be no exception.
“Thruxton is such a cool circuit to race at. It’s going to be challenging with it being my first competitive visit here, but I’ve been working hard to learn the track and to make sure that I’m as prepared as possible. The circuit is so quick so it’s going to be fun to push myself with those high speeds! The tow is going to be important here, so we need to work as a team to maximise our potential this weekend.”
“In terms of the championship, I’m incredibly happy with mine and the team’s performance so far. It’s been a fantastic start with overall podiums at the previous two rounds. I’m doing everything possible to make sure that I’ll be standing up there again!”
Zak’s weekend will get underway on Saturday, with a free practice session held in the morning followed by qualifying at 17:30. On Sunday, the first race will be at 10:45, with race two at 15:50.