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Ginetta G50 2010 Round 1 – Thruxton Preview

The Ginetta G50 Cup with Michelin returns for a second season on the British Touring Car Championship, after a successful maiden season in 2009, which saw Nathan Freke win the overall Championship and Colin White win the Chairman's Cup.

This season will see a 19 car grid take to the track for the first 3 races of a 28 race campaign, with a mixture of returning drivers, new drivers to the G50's and drivers who are racing for the love of motorsport.

In the main category, the title favourite will be Frank Wrathall; the 23 year old from Garstang has been the series runner up for the last 2 seasons, behind Nigel Moore in 2008 and Nathan Freke last year. Frank is blindingly quick and consistent – as 23 podiums in 28 races will suggest – and will be hard to beat.

Looking to beat Wrathall is the Century Motorsport run car of Ben Hetherington, who returns for a full season after making his debut half way through the 2009 season, and took a hat trick of podiums at Rockingham, supporting and backing up his then team mate Nathan Freke. Hetherington looks in the best shape to benefit from any misfortune that might fall the way of Wrathall.

Team mate to Frank at Dynojet, Adam Morgan could spring a surprise during the season, in his first full campaign in the G50's, while Hetherington's brother, Freddy is another potential upset maker.

Front runner from the opening part of the season, Carl Breeze, is back for another attempt at winning the crown – after his massive accident at Oulton, he seemed to lose some speed and apart from his hat trick of wins at Snetterton, he looked extremely off the pace and it remains to be seen whether he will be fully back on the pace.

Out of the newcomers to the series, apart from Freddy Hetherington, the newcomer to watch out for is Rachel Green, a proven race winner in Caterhams and has completed a strong pre season showing and is up for the challenge. Green isn't the only female racer on the grid, former Formula Renault UK Graduate Cup runner Alice Powell has joined the grid for 2010 in a Tockwith prepared G50.

The 2010 season is looking as competitive as ever – and with 28 races ahead the racers, there will be chances for upsets and surprise results.

2009 saw Race 1 go the way of Carl Breeze, with Dan Welsh taking a podium on his G50 debut with Christian Dick finishing in third.  Race 2 went the way of Welsh, ahead of Wrathall and Breeze, with the third race 3 going the way of Breeze, ahead of Freke and Welsh. Colin White took all 3 Chairman Cup victories.

The opening round of the season is a short 11 lap race, due to kick off at 15.45 Saturday, race 2 opens the Sunday racing action at 10.45am, with race 3 being shown live on ITV4 at 15.45.

Qualifying takes place at 10.45am on Saturday, and the weather could provide a rather mixed up grid.

Whatever happens, sit back and enjoy the 2010 Ginetta G50 cup.