2015 Ginetta GT5 Challenge Season Preview


On the back of a scintillating 2014 season, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge returns this Easter Weekend with a bumper grid again expected at Oulton Park.

It took until the last round of the season for George Gamble to take the 2014 title, with 2015 looking to be just as competitive, again across seven rounds and 21 races, including trips to Rockingham, Snetterton, and a trip to Spa-Francorchamps in July for the field of G40’s.

Also featuring in 2015 will be the emergence of a new series champion, with reigning champion Gamble choosing to move to pastures new on the back of his GT5 Challenge success. The pre-season favourite is Ollie Chadwick, with the current vice-champion aiming to go one better in 2015, once again racing with Xentek Motorsport. Chadwick will be joined in the team by series debutant, Alexis Taylor.

Whilst Chadwick enters the fray as favourite, Total Control Racing will be aiming to maintain the title they won in 2014, this year featuring Ginetta Junior Vice-Champion James Kellet in place of departed champion Gamble. Callum Pointon will again field TCR’s second G40, whilst Ian Robinson returns to racing almost 20 years after his last appearance in the teams third car.

Elsewhere and impressive 2014-rookie Luca Hirst returns to the series with podiums and wins firmly in his sights, this time partnering Chadwick at Xentek. Buddy Racing-stalwart Nick Zapolski also returns, this time alongside Jack Minshaw, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Jon and become a successful GT competitor.

Former British Rallycross champion Russ Simpson returns to the series, as well as former British GT4 and Ginetta G20 Champion Stewart Linn, who will again line-up for Optimum Motorsport, this time alongside series rookie Dan O’Brian.

Having only obtained their race licences in 2014, drivers in the GRDC+ category have graduated onto the Ginetta GT5 Challenge grid following their standalone races last season. Competing in their road legal racing cars, the field will only score points during five of the seven meetings, with Oulton Park being one of the non-points scoring rounds.

John Wall heads up the GRDC+ entries this weekend, and will again be joined by fellow 2014 podium finishers Shawn Fleming and Gary Wager.