Exciting mix of experience and new talent for Elite's 2022 Ginetta Junior campaign

Exciting mix of experience and new talent for Elite's 2022 Ginetta Junior campaign

17.02.2022: Elite confirm five drivers of its six-car 2022 Ginetta Junior line-up Elite Motorsport has selected a young, talented squad for its assault on the 2022 Ginetta Junior Championship in an attempt to add to its impressive count of four Driver’s and t

Elite confirm five drivers of its six-car 2022 Ginetta Junior line-up

Elite Motorsport has selected a young, talented squad for its assault on the 2022 Ginetta Junior Championship in an attempt to add to its impressive count of four Driver’s and two Teams’ titles.


Joe Warhurst remains with the Norfolk squad for a second consecutive year, Aqil Alibhai has his second year in the GJ series but first season with Elite, Mckenzie Douglass and William Macintyre, who each made their Elite and Ginetta debuts in the 2021 Ginetta Junior Winter Series last November, plus Kanato Le, who graduates from karting for his first year in car racing, combine to offer an exciting mix of GJ experience and raw new talent.

Warhurst was the ninth best-placed Rookie in last year’s standings. He recorded three Rookie podiums, with a best second-place achieved at Silverstone (Sep), finishing inside the top-five overall. Joe, who also qualified inside the outright top-four three times, netted three top-10 placings in the Winter series with a best third-place finish plus fastest lap.

Alibhai, like Warhurst, embarks on his second GJ year. The South African was the seventh best-placed Rookie in last year’s championship, the second highest best-placed Rookie at Thruxton (Aug) when he placed an impressive sixth overall, one of four top-10 overall finishes. The two-time Junior Max African Kart Champion also claimed a praiseworthy third place in the GJ Winter Series driving with Elite having brilliantly placed first and second in the final two races.   

Douglass and Macintyre step up for their first full car racing seasons having joined Elite for the GJ Winter series, Mckenzie achieving a pair of top-15 results while William netted four top-14 placings. Douglass competed in karts for 10 years, winning the 2014 South Wales Kart Club (Bambino), 2016 South Wales Kart Club (Cadets), 2020 Winter Cup Championship (PFI) before finishing eighth overall in last year’s British Championship (Mini Max).

Macintyre was awarded a Seeded plate in his first year of Karting in 2017, became the Vice British Champion the following year – missing the title by a single point – after five wins. William earned himself a podium from pole-position on his international debut at Le Mans in the Mini 60 category.

He became the only Briton to ever win the Italian Mini 60 Championship in 2019, finishing the year with eight wins and six pole-positions to become the Vice Champion in the World Series Karting Euroseries. Last year, William competed in the OKJ and X30 Junior categories, scoring three wins, eight poles and four fastest laps.

Le entered his first kart race in late 2017 aged 10. In 2018, he competed in Cadets claiming a number of podiums finishes and a win. He continued to race in Japan during 2019 but also competed in a small number of races in the UK where he moved to the following year.

He scored several IAME Junior X30 category podiums in the 2020 British and European Championships before recording his first European IAME victory, pole position and podium finish at the first two rounds of the ’21 season – becoming the IAME X30 Junior European Champion and IAME Junior X30 Winter Cup Vice Champion after scoring nine podium finishes including five victories.

Elite Motorsport finished runners-up in the 2021 Michelin Ginetta Junior Teams’ Championship despite posting 39 combined overall and Rookie top-three finishes in the 25-race series. The UK’s longest running and most prestigious junior series, is scheduled to begin at Donington Park over 23-24 April.

* The G40 Junior Ginetta is powered by a 1.8-litre engine producing 100bhp.

Aqil Alibhai (GB)
Age: 15
Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives: Johannesburg (SA), London (UK) & Dubai (UAE).

“My aim is to consistently score podiums and ultimately challenge for the championship title. Elite Motorsport has the perfect package to achieve those goals which is the reason I joined for 2022. Last season was definitely a great learning year to start my car racing career with the team I raced with helping me a lot.

“I learned many things like the ability to control a race car in different track conditions and at high-speed. The importance of feedback from me to my engineer and team. Respecting fellow competitors, the officials and the rules. Lastly, and very importantly, to have fun!”

Mckenzie Douglass (GB)
Age: 14
Born/Lives: Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, Wales (UK).

“I want to learn and develop myself alongside Elite Motorsport as much as possible in Ginetta Juniors this year. Both physically and mentally, which hopefully in the long run, will lead me to winning races and championships to develop my career.

“I chose to race with Elite because of its success and positive reputation over the past few seasons.I learnt in the GJ Winter Series about the car itself and just how different racing cars is compared to karting. It also gave me a good idea of what competition I am up against for this season.”



Kanato Le (JP)
Age: 14
Born: Tokyo, Japan
Lives: Oxford, Oxfordshire (UK)

“I want to win the GJ ‘Rookie’ category and finish in the top-five overall.Elite Motorsport has enjoyed great success in the Ginetta Junior Championship and has a fantastic reputation for working with young drivers.


“I've enjoyed getting to know all the team through the winter and I’m sure that this is the best place for me as I take my first step into cars.”




William Macintyre (GB)
Age: 14
Born: Woburn, Bedfordshire (UK)
Lives: Wroxham nr Norwich, Norfolk (UK)

“I hope to be top Rookie at the end of the season. Joining Elite was not a difficult decision.They’ve won multiple GJ championship titles in recent years and the way Tom Lebbon won the title outright in his Rookie year was very impressive so they seemed the best choice to learn from.

“It’s crucial I learn as much as possible, and quickly, so that by the first race I can fight inside the top-10. I hope to test on most of the tracks we’re racing at before the season starts.”

Joe Warhurst (GB)
Age: 16
Born/Lives: Barnsley, South Yorkshire (UK)

“My goal for the 2022 Ginetta Junior season is to win the championship overall.I really enjoyed racing with Elite last year, they proved to be very professional and competitive whilst at the track but we also have some great times in between sessions.

“The Elite set-up also suits my driving style very well and I believe that the team Elite has got together has the potential to be very strong.”





Eddie Ives, Team Owner & Manager


“I’m really excited to announce five of our six drivers for this year’s Ginetta Junior programme.“Our Junior squad had a tough 2021 so it’s important that to we bounce back and aim to reclaim the Driver’s and Teams’ titles this season.

“We have a very good mix of strong, second year GJ drivers, with Joe and Aqil, combined with a very impressive Rookie line-up.Will, Kanato & Mackenzie are all exceeding expectations considering their early stages in their careers, so I can’t wait to get the season started.”



Martyn Pass, photos Elite Motorsport

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