Seven wins from eight races mark out Seb Morris as a real star of the Ginetta Junior Championship, which heads to Croft this weekend.

The championship boasts a grid full of young hopefuls, all in identical cars, all capable of overtaking and with each contest producing great racing. But yet one driver has made his mark on the title race with seven wins out of eight races: step forward Seb Morris.

The Welshman has been in superb form this season and has only been beaten once. That defeat came at Thruxton and was by just 36-thousandths of a second! If that was a narrow defeat, his winning margin last time out at Oulton Park was 23 seconds. That, if you translate it into Ginetta Junior-speak, is enormous.

Morris (Hillspeed) is certainly the class act, but there is a host of other drivers all capable of running near the front and George Gamble (TJ Motorsport) is the one driver who has been able to combat Morris’ relentless progress this season. Gamble was the winner in that last-gasp run to the flag at Thruxton, but other drivers have proved their pace this season. Reigning Irish Champion Niall Murray (Beacon Racing), younger brother of former BTCC Alfa Romeo racer Eoin, took a superb second place at Oulton Park on a wet-but-drying road. The call to put him on dry weather tyres, rather than wets like the bulk of the field, came from big brother and it was the correct one: despite being elbowed off the road at Lodge Corner on the opening lap, Murray made superb progress to bag second as the road dried out.

Charlie Robertson (HHC Motorsport) has been impressive this year too, a pair of second places being his best results. The first trip to the podium came at Donington, the second at Oulton Park and he’ll be keen to go one better here at the home circuit of his Harrogate-based team. Team-mate Mikey Day is making solid progress and working his way up the grid, but William Foster (Tollbar Racing with WIRED) is a dark horse for a win as he lies third in the championship and has enjoyed a solid season, racking up the points. The other drivers in the top six in the title race are Max Coates and Tom Howard (Tollbar Racing with WIRED), both in their second seasons and both capable of challenging for the podium.

Former Junior Rallycross Champion Brad Bailey (TJ Motorsport) has been showing improved pace this season and will be one to watch at a circuit he knows well, while Sennan Fielding (TJ Motorsport) is making progress all the time and will be fighting in the top six.

With all the cars powered by the same 1800cc engine and each driver having the same car, driver ability is vital. But so too is the ability of the team and how well engineers and drivers work together. This is another aspect to motor racing’s ultimate classroom where students are under a very bright spotlight. Make no mistake, though: front-runners here are stars of the future.

Free practice for the Ginetta Junior Championship takes place on Saturday June 18th at 10:55 with qualifying taking place at 14:40. Race one runs at 13:20 over 8 laps, while race two on Sunday starts at 16:40 and will be an eight-lapper. You can catch Sunday’s action live on ITV4.