Personal bests are ideal birthday gift for Callum

Callum Jenkins in action at Silverstone
Callum Jenkins in action at Silverstone
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Scarborough racing driver Callum Jenkins celebrated his 16th birthday racing at Silverstone in the Junior Saloon Car Championship over the weekend.

Friday testing for the juniors was restricted to two half-hour sessions.

Jenkins’ instructor for the day was McLaren GT driver Tim Mullen, who pushed Jenkins to understand more about the technical side of driving resulting in the Citroen Saxo driver quickly getting up to pace with the midfield.

The rising star celebrated his birthday on Saturday by achieving a personal best of eighth on the grid during qualifying.

Unfortunately this didn’t go to plan and a dreadful start left him in last place.

The Scarborough driver knew he had the pace and worked his way through the pack with impressive overtakes getting himself back to his eighth place.

A risky move on a competitor for seventh place through Vale resulted in contact, meaning Jenkins had to pit for his mechanics to remove loose bodywork, putting him back again but finishing in a respectable 11th.

Race two’s start was better but not perfect and one of the more experienced drivers overtook him on the start line, dropping him to ninth.

Again his pace was enough to get him back through and after some close racing with the driver closest to him in the championship standings and an ambitious lunge at Stowe, picking off two drivers at once, got himself into sixth position.

Although Jenkins was lapping quickly enough to catch fifth, a mistake defending in the penultimate lap cost him sixth place but he brought it home safely and impressively in seventh, a personal best which pushed him to 12th in the championship standings.

Jenkins said: “Racing at Silverstone is a dream come true and to have achieved my personal bests over my 16th birthday is unbelievable.

“I’ve spent the weekend battling for positions with competitors that I’ve been unable to catch earlier in the season so a great step forward and one that’s given me a massive confidence boost heading into the last two rounds of the championship.

“I’d like to thank all the team at Orex Competition that worked so hard for me over the weekend and my sponsors continued support: Diamond Care Company Ryedale, Yorkshire Coast Networking and Transband Motorsport (www.transbandmotorsport.co.uk)”