Young Scottish racer Fergus Walkinshaw will race on home soil in the Ginetta GT Supercup this weekend at Knockhill behind the wheel of his self-built Ginetta G55.
The 20-year-old made his debut in the series at the previous meeting at Snetterton in August, picking up a pair of eighth-place finishes despite only having finished building the car on the Friday morning.
Walkinshaw, the son of late sportscar and Formula 1 team owner Tom, had completed construction of the car at Ginetta's Leeds HQ in less than 90 days, finishing the car at 7.30pm on Thursday evening. However, a shakedown test at the nearby Mintex circuit revealed there was more work to do, due to a broken oil pump.
Having completed the fix at 2am, he headed straight for Snetterton. He arrived in Norfolk at 4.30am, just six hours before the start of official practice.
The Knockhill races will be Walkinshaw's first in Scotland for over three years, following a break from racing to focus on his studies as an Automotive Engineering student at Oxford Brookes University.
“I'm really looking forward to racing at Knockhill again,” he said. “Although I consider it my home track, I've only raced here once before and not since 2008. Regardless, it's actually my favourite circuit on the TOCA package so it feels good to be racing in Scotland so soon after my return to racing.
“First time out in the new car at Snetterton went quite well. It's a shame qualifying and race one didn't quite go to plan but I was pleased with the eighth place finishes on my debut. It's been a great experience building my own race car in time to join the final season rounds and I'd like to thank everyone at Ginetta Cars who have helped me to get back on track.
“This year is all about testing and developing the car so I'm ready for a full season of racing in 2012. I've had a good couple of days testing this week at Knockhill, the car is much stronger than it was at Snetterton and the set-up is pretty close to where I want it to be.
“Racing on home ground for the first time since 2008 with the Scottish flag now proudly painted on the roof of my Ginetta, it would mean a lot to get on the podium. That might be a tall order in only my second race weekend but I'm certainly aiming for a top five finish.”