Top three finish for Lingfield racing driver Mikey Porter 

Mikey Porter, a young racing driver from Lingfield, recently finished third in his first season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a national motorsport competition for 14 to 17-year-olds.

Mikey, 16, graduated from the go-kart circuit in 2022, and began his first year of competitive racing in the Ginetta G40 this April.

During the championship, Mikey achieved nine podium finishes with, on two occasions, three of R Racing’s drivers – including Mikey – taking the first, second and third positions, a first for the team, and which Mikey described as “a great feeling”. The R Racing team finished at the top of the Ginetta Junior table, with three of their drivers in the top four championship positions.

Mikey Porter on the podium during the Ginetta Junior Championship
Mikey takes a podium position

The season was not without its challenges, however. During the last round at Donington Park, when Mikey was fighting for second spot in the championship, he had a Did Not Finish in one race and made a minor mistake in the last, which cost him the place.

“That is racing sometimes, and we bounce back wiser,” Mikey explained. “That aside though, the year was brilliant.”

Mikey takes part in the Fun Cup
Mikey in action in the Fun Cup

At the end of the season Mikey, along with one of his Ginetta teammates and a friend from kart racing, was invited to a one-off race for the Fun Cup Endurance Championship, a casual – but still competitive – long-distance competition. Drivers race in a single-seater car with a powerful VW/Audi petrol engine.

“There were no expectations for us as we’d never driven this car before,” Mikey explained. “We formed the youngest team the Fun Cup had ever had.”

Despite their lack of experience, they were still able to finish in second place in the endurance race and secure the top podium step in the sprint race, in what Mikey refers to as “a great finish to the season”.

Due to his success this year, Mikey will be leaving R Racing, as he moves on from Ginetta to the British GT Championship, a national racing series originally founded in 1993. He is preparing for a busy year ahead with his new team, Forsetti Motorsport:

“We start the GT winter series in Spain in January, and finish mid-March. We then move into one or two GT series for the remainder of the year, with some potential further European races.”

Mikey is grateful to those who have supported him during his racing career:

“We’ve had a fantastic year. R Racing has been amazing, along with my coaches and Richard Millar, who prepared and looked after my car throughout the season. My thanks go out to the whole team and, of course, my teammates, who will be lifelong friends. Another big thanks goes to Jim Smith for looking after me, and my dad, who makes all of this possible.” 

Follow Mikey on Instagram, and keep an eye out for more updates on his progress in the Tandridge Independent in 2024.

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