British manufacturer Ginetta will be the second most represented marque on the grid in the upcoming Britcar 24 Hour race, with eight of their machines set to compete in the race around Silverstone on October 1st and 2nd.
Two G40's, five G50's and one of Ginetta's new G55 models will compete in the endurance event. The new G55 will be entered by Rollcentre Racing, with the Britcar race being used as part of the current testing programme for the new GT3 machine ahead of its release later this year. Driving the G55 will be the Ginetta boss himself Lawrence Tomlinson, as well as Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson, experienced GT racers Martin Short and Matt Nicoll-Jones and 2009 BTCC champion Colin Turkington.
Tomlinson said: “I'm excited to be back at Britcar this year following the amazing success of our G40 last year. We listen to what our customers want and Ginetta is all about producing competitive, cost effective machines. The G55 GT3 is no exception. Our G55 Britcar 24hr entry features elements of the GT3 machine as part of factory testing ahead of its release later in the year. I am yet to drive this car but having seen the work that's gone into the development and the standard of engineering it excites me.
“With the new design and continued engine development programme we expect the G55 GT3 car to be every bit as competitive as the GT3 Ferrari's, Audi's and Porsche's. Our G50 GT4 model has become a proven race winner beating the competition at every stage since its launch back on 2008; we hope our G55 GT3 car will mirror that success in GT3”
Commenting on his own driving role, Tomlinson added: “There is no bigger test for a race car than a 24hr endurance race, Martin Short and the Rollcentre Racing team are experienced endurance racers and I'm confident both cars will perform well. We have an excellent team of drivers and in between my own driving stints I will obviously be keeping a close eye on the other teams running Ginettas and wish them all the very best of luck.”
Britcar 24hr teams with a Ginetta entry:
Rollcentre Racing Ginetta G55 #30: Lawrence Tomlinson, Martin Short, Colin Turkington, Matt Nicoll-Jones, Mike Simpson.
Rollcentre Racing Ginetta G40 #94: Richard Sykes, Jake Rattenbury, Mark Davies, tba
Piranha Motorsport Ginetta G40 #91: Chris Bialan, Simon Mason, Ryan Ratcliffe, Adam Balon.
Jemco Racing Ginetta G50/GT4 #47: Kevin Hancock, Leigh Smart, Craig Wilkins, Aaron Scott.
Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 #51: Lee Mowle, Joe Osbourne, Gary Simms, Stuart Linn.
Scuderia Vittoria Ltd Ginetta G50/GT4 #61: Daniel Dennis, Dan Jones, Gavin Spencer, James Thorpe
BPM Racing Ltd Ginetta G50/GT4 #62: Owen Thomas, Ashley Woodman, Rick Walker, Rob Cullum.
Andrew Donaldson Ginetta G50/GT4 #67: Andrew Donaldson. 3 x tba