Junior Saloon Car Championship scholarship winner Emily Glanvill is enjoying her first season in circuit racing despite experiencing a fair share of bad luck during the opening rounds of the season. Emily has a background in Autograss racing and made the step up to the highly competitive Junior Saloon Car Championship after succeeding in the scholarship where she fought off a number of talented drivers in a gruelling event which tested both on and off track skills. Glanvill currently sits 17th in the overall standings following a double retirement at Snetterton due to mechanical issues. With back to back race weekends at Rockingham and Donington to follow, Emily remains positive and hopes to be challenging inside the top-10 as the season progresses.
Securing her place in the championship via the Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship, Emily had very little experience testing the car prior to the opening meeting at Oulton Park. In spite of this, Glanvill enjoyed an extremely positive first weekend in the series, making considerable progress during the course of the meeting. After qualifying 22th and 20th respectively for the two races, Emily made up ground during the first race by finishing in 17th position. Her lap times were extremely impressive, with her best six laps all within one second of each other on a challenging Oulton Park circuit. In the second race of the weekend, Glanvill made a brilliant start and moved into the top-15 on lap one before suffering from exhaust damage late in the race after a shunt from another driver. Nonetheless, Emily pushed on to collect valuable championship points by finishing in 18th.
Round two of the championship took place at the challenging Pembrey circuit in South Wales with Emily looking to build upon her good start to the season. Drivers were given the chance to take place in a practice session on the Saturday morning leading up to the races with Glanvill setting some solid lap times, once again displaying her consistency and ending the session in 16th place. Unfortunately a mechanical problem crept into the car ahead of qualifying which made braking for the tight hairpin difficult, this resulted in a pair of 18th place starting positions for races, however, Emily believed that with the pace shown earlier in the day she would be able to make her way forward. With the issue resolved, Glanvill’s pace was strong and she experienced a close battle with George Smith before finishing in 15th position. Race two proved a challenge with an early red flag delaying the race; nevertheless, Emily collected her best result of the season to date by finishing in 14th.
Snetterton hosted the third round of the Junior Saloon Car Championship and was set to be the toughest challenge yet, with the technical layout proving a test of the driver’s skills. In a strong 23 car field, Emily qualified a highly respectable 18th for race one and 20th for race two, with her second fastest time in qualifying setting the starting order for race two. Unfortunately Glanvill struggled with mechanical problems during the course of the weekend, unable to make a lap in the opening race of the weekend in what could’ve been a highly successful meeting. Emily did get the chance to compete in race two and made an excellent start, gaining four places on the opening lap before the issue reappeared, forcing the young driver to retire one lap from the finish.
Emily’s results this season and her current championship position of 17th do not reflect the amount of pace she has shown in the opening three meetings of the year. With her limited circuit racing experience, Glanvill has shown excellent racecraft and should be proud of her performances to date in a highly competitive Junior Saloon Car Championship field. All being well, the mechanical problems from Snetterton will be resolved by the hard-working OREX Competition team for the upcoming round of the season in less than two weeks’ time at Rockingham. Subsequently, the drivers will race the very next week at Donington, with Emily looking at these two meeting to help build some mid-season momentum.
Emily would like to thank her sponsors Walero, House of Hearing and Jays Racewear for all their continued support. Emily would also like to thank the Junior Saloon Car Championship Scholarship sponsors; Teenage Cancer Trust, Vantage Motor Group, OREX Competition, Junction1 Graphics, Purple M Photo, Custom Cages, GAZ Shocks, Fuel Safe Silverstone, Haymarket Media Group, Tockwith Motorsports, PhotoBox and Yokohama Tyres Europe for their dedication.