Tolman Motorsport has announced it will contest the 2016 British GT Championship with what the team hopes will be a pair of Ginetta G55 GT3s.
The first car to be confirmed will see this season’s GT4 pairing Luke Davenport and David Pattinson move up to the GT3 car which has a series of 2016 upgrades with a focus on braking and overall durability.
Chris Tolman, Owner, Tolman Motorsport said: “Tolman Motorsport has worked tirelessly this season to get the results we have. The move to GT3 has been our goal from the outset and I can’t tell you how proud I am of everyone involved and how excited I am for next year! The collaboration with the Ginetta Factory is a fantastic opportunity for us and both Luke and David are very excited at the prospect of taking on the established names at such an early stage in their GT careers.”
Tolman’s move to the top class of British GT now means that – in partnership with Ginetta – the team can take a driver into the Ginetta GT5 Challenge and allow them to stay with the team all the way up to GT4 and GT3 racing.
As well as this first car, the team are also poised to enter a second G55 GT3 with the potential to utilise Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson as the Pro in a Pro/Am entry.
Mike Simpson said: “Ginetta has been a long-term favourite on the British GT grid with much success in the GT4 Class since its inception. After introducing the Ginetta G55 GT3 car in 2012, the cars performance has been without question. We have spent the past two years developing the car in both the UK and abroad. With the 2016 upgrades we are very excited to have a joint-attack on the championship with Tolman Motorsport, who have had a stunning debut season in the championship.”
Indeed Tolman’s first season in British GT saw them take class victory at Brands Hatch and a string of other good results which saw them finish third in GT4 Pro/Am, fourth overall in the GT4 driver’s standings and fifth in the team’s championship.