Lorcan Hanafin will aim to build upon an impressive introduction in 2018 as he returns to the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship grid this season with Douglas Motorsport
The former karter joined the Ginetta family last year with a strong pedigree as a former race-winner in the Renault UK Clio Cup Junior series, and he made a good first impression as he contested half of the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship season with Douglas Motorsport.
The 16 year old, who resides in the West Yorkshire town of Guiseley, was a consistent presence at the sharp end of the grid and finished in the top ten in eight of the fifteen races he contested, with the highlight being a superb fourth overall and a first Rookie Cup podium finish at Rockingham.
With a maiden race fastest lap under his belt as well at Silverstone, Hanafin capped off the campaign with more impressive pace in the Winter Series at Brands Hatch as he posted a second fastest time in qualifying and finished in the top six in two of the three races contested.
Hanafin will line-up alongside Gus Burton in Douglas Motorsport’s entry for the 2019 Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship and will race with support from MIS Motorsport, Grandma Wilds, Rally School Ireland and Reviv.
“I am really excited to continue working with Douglas Motorsport for the 2019 season. After finding my feet for the latter part of the 2018 season, I feel like I am now more prepared for a full campaign.
“We have completed a positive winter testing programme so far and I will head into the new season in a stronger position to fight for outright wins and hopefully get myself in contention for the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship title.”
Wayne Douglas, team principal:
“It is great to have Lorcan and MIS Motorsport back with us for another season. After a very strong Winter Series and some very promising testing, we are confident Lorcan will be a front runner from the opening race at Brands Hatch in April.”