Lewis Hamilton at Brands Hatch as Fenland racer takes Ginetta Juniors pole and second place

TEENAGER Jake Giddings took a second place finish from the first round of the Ginetta Junior Championship yesterday at Brands Hatch, under the watchful eye of Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton.

Giddings, 16, from Upwell, qualified on pole position for the British Touring Car Championship support series and steered clear of a multiple car pile-up on the first lap.

He was pipped at Clearways by Welshman Seb Morris and showed good pace to hold second position from Norfolk’s Tom Howard who finished third.

Giddings retired from second place in race two, however, after a bold move to overtake Morris for the lead ended in the gravel at Paddock Hill bend.

He started second and took the lead at the first corner, remaining in the lead until lap 14 when Morris overtook him.

Giddings, who drives for Fenland-based Finesse Motorsport Ltd, said: “It is a very encouraging start to the season ahead.

“We have showed good pace despite technical problems at the start of the weekend, and I’m sure that this season we stand a great chance of Championship success.

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“It was unfortunate that I ended race two in the gravel but we will be back in two weeks at Donington Park on the pace.”