Tripe Eight Race Engineering have announced that they are closing in on a deal to enter the inaugural Ginetta GT Supercup series this season. The Greatworth-based outfit look to run two of the new Ginetta G55 models.

The team, which is famous for its success in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC), has begun expanding out into other series. In 2010 it ran a single car in the Formula Renault BARC Championship and in 2011 they will run the Ginetta programme alongside their BTCC team and their new venture into the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.

Like its predecessor, the Ginetta G50 Cup, the GT Supercup will run on the BTCC support package, with the prize for the champion being a funded drive in the 2012 BTCC championship in a NGTC spec car.

Triple Eight Chairman, Ian Harrison, commented: “I'm sure the new Ginetta GT Supercup will deliver for the fans so I'm pleased that we're going to be part of it in 2011. The new G55 is well engineered and the drivers will enjoy the driving experience. We're nearly there with one car though still have another up for grabs. Given the prize on offer for the Championship winner, if there are any drivers out there with serious ambitions to one day graduate to the BTCC I'd be very happy to hear from them.”