15 year old Cameron Fenton took an impressive double victory in Ginetta Junior Ireland at Mondello Park last weekend. In testing on Saturday, the Greystones driver had made improvements to the car and swapped times with series leader Patrick Dempsey all day. In qualifying, Dempsey snatched pole position, with Fenton just a few tenths away and confident of scoring his first win in front of a capacity crowd,
Dempsey led away but Fenton kept the pressure on as the pair eased away from the rest and when Dempsey spun off, he assumed the lead and cruised to a dominant victory, crossing the line with a winning margin of over 15 seconds.
In race two, buoyed by his debut win, the St Andrews College student made his trademark rocket like start, grabbing the lead on the run to turn one. With closest challenger Dempsey spinning again, it was a relatively easy double on what was the perfect day at the Kildare venue.
Cameron Fenton: “I was aiming for my first win this weekend. We tested well and made significant improvements to the car on Saturday and it all went to plan on race day. Patrick and myself are very closely matched and I am looking forward to some more great battles throughout the season. I’m confident that with some more testing, there is even more pace to come!”
Cameron Fenton is a 15 year old racing driver from Greystones in County Wicklow. He started racing in Ginetta Junior Ireland when he was just 14 years old, His 2016 season was curtailed after a big accident at Kirkistown caused extensive damage to the car. Over the winter the car was fully rebuilt and for the 2017 season, his father Willie, an experienced racer himself, and Cameron, prepare and run the car.
Ginetta Junior Ireland is Ireland’s only racing class for 14 – 17 year old competitors. The cars are Ginetta G20 machines, running a 1400cc Zetec engine and a competition Quaife gearbox. Th class has been running since 2010 and has produced stars like multiple FF1600 Champion Niall Murray, LMP2 driver Sean Doyle, McLaren GT driver Andrew Watson and many many more.
Image from Michael Chester.