Former British Touring Car Championship racer Michael Doyle is making his return to racing this weekend at Snetterton, where he will compete in the Ginetta GT Supercup in a Beacon Racing prepared Ginetta G50. The meeting will mark his first racing action in almost three years.
Doyle made a name for himself when driving his In Tune Racing Honda Civic Type R in the BTCC in 2008. The duo produced some superb giant-killing results, including an eighth place finish during a very wet race at Silverstone, which saw him produce an audacious overtake of both Team Dynamic's Hondas. He was unable to compete in 2009 due to illness, before being forced to sit out 2010 due to budget issues.
Commenting on his return to racing, Doyle said: “Being back racing at Snetterton in the Ginetta Supercup is a fantastic opportunity for me to get behind the wheel of the very impressive Ginetta G50. A message from a friend on Facebook was where it all started and the opportunity was perfect for me to get back out on track and within the BTCC. I haven’t raced since October 2008 and there has been a huge void in my life and this will certainly give me back what I've been missing.”
Doyle will be run by Beacon Racing, who also run Niall Murray in the Ginetta Juniors and ran Connaire Finn in a G50 earlier this season. Speaking of his new team, Michael added: “Beacon Racing are an up and coming team and after speaking with team owner Alex Heaton I quickly established that we are on the same wavelength and have the same vision for the future.
“I can’t wait to get to know the team and get back behind the wheel. It's going to be a challenge taming the 300 bhp V6 rear wheel drive sports car and learn the new Snetterton 300 layout but I know what I'm capable of and the feedback from the recent shakedown at Donington has been incredibly positive.
“Tekdata and family business In-Tune Garage Services Limited will be providing the sponsorship for Snetterton with the vision of seeing out the rest of the season. I would like to thank everybody involved for making this possible. Watch This Space!”