Ginetta's GT4 representatives left a wet Oulton Park happy after a day of racing in which G50 drivers claimed half the podium spot on offer from the two 60 minute races.
Team WFR, starting a season in which they will race in both the GT3 and GT4 classes dominated the second class, drivers Jody Fannin and Warren Hughes securing a fine pair of wins at the Cheshire track to start their campaign.
In the day's first race Fannin in the no.55 car converted pole position into an early lead, leaving the rival Lotus Evora and Zoe Wenham in the Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 battling for second in class. Such was his pace that Fannin – a product of Ginetta Junior and Ginetta Supercup racing – was able to pull enough of a gap on his pursuers that when a stranded GT3 car caused a safety car period he was given – effectively – a lap's lead.
Co-driver Hughes only needed to keep the car on track to take their first win, ahead of the pair of works Lotus.
Hughes – an experienced sportscar racer with more than a half dozen starts in the 24 Hours of Le Mans – started the second race from third behind the pole-setting Evora of Phil Glew. In the worst of the day's conditions Hughes was able to keep close to the Lotus, Fannin taking the lead soon after the mid-race pitstops, going on to win by more than 20 seconds.
The was more Ginetta joy as teenager Wenham secured third place in the class despite completing her stint without a working wiper. Mike Simpson acted as stand-in co-driver for the weekend after Dominic Evans was unable to take the seat for the weekend.
The weekend for Ginetta's GT4 teams, however, started on a lower note. APO Sport and drivers James May and Alex Osborne suffered a blown engine in the first practice session of the weekend and were unable to take any further part on the meeting.