WhatGinetta Junior Announcement
WhereUnited Kingdom

Leading SA karter signs for new UK Ginetta Junior team

Up and coming young South African race driver Aqil Alibhai will step straight from karts into an international car racing career in the 2021 British Ginetta Junior Championship. 

Alibhai, who starred in the Ginetta Junior Scholarship Academy in December, was snapped up to drive one of Breakell’s new Ginettas in the same series that propelled McLaren star Lando Norris to his Formula 1 career.

“I am delighted that I will be racing for Breakell Racing in the Ginetta Junior Championship in the UK this year,” Aqil confirmed. “Breakell Racing took note of my progress in the Ginetta Academy shootout in December and I am now looking forward to the next phase in my career and doing my utmost for my new team. I really cannot wait to start racing — bring it on!"

“We are proud to have Aqil Alibhai driving for us this year,” team boss James Breakell confirmed. “We are confident that the talent he showed at the Scholarship event will shine through in the championship. “We remain ambitious for a competitive year in the championship and look forward to taking on the more established teams.”

The Ginetta Junior Championship is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious Junior series, offering the first step on the circuit racing ladder for 14-17 year old racing drivers. The Juniors race on the support bill for the British Touring Car Championship, with the first races at Thruxton on 8-9 May before taking in all the great British circuits through to October’s Brands Hatch finale.

Lancashire based Breakell Racing has enjoyed success in a broad variety of circuit racing formulae in the UK and Europe over the past 18 years. The team races in the Nürburgring VLN endurance series, the Radical Challenge, Bikesports, Ginetta GT5 and now also the Ginetta Junior championships. Aqil will drive alongside young Scot Fergus Chalmers in Breakell’s new Junior campaign.

Aqil Alibhai is no stranger to racing in the UK — he spent a season racing karts there in 2015 before making a mark in South African karting since. The Rotax Junior Max African Open Champion in 2018 and 2019, Aqil twice represented South Africa in the Rotax Max ‘Olympics of Karting' Grand Finals, as well as the 2020 Rok Cup Superfinal, where he impressed on each occasion.


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