Established Ginetta GT4 Supercup, British GT Championship and 24h Series team Century Motorsport have confirmed that they will return to Britcar action in 2016. The team have previously raced in selected rounds of the Britcar Endurance Championship but team principal Nathan Freke says 2016 is the right time for a full championship challenge.
The team will be bringing a Ginetta G55 GT4 to the series for GT Cup and GT4 Supercup racer Ruben Anakhasyan, who also contested the Hankook 24h Dubai with the team. The Russian born but UK resident driver will be joined by experienced GT hand Ollie Hancock who has GT4 experience but has never raced the GT4 version of the Ginetta. Hancock also contested GT Cup in 2015 along with selected appearances in GT3 machinery.
Nathan Freke said, “We’re delighted to be returning to the Britcar Endurance Championship this year, but this time for a full championship assault. Ruben was a very welcome addition to the team last year, and GT Cup was a great place for him to learn the Ginetta. Having come on leaps and bounds, I’m confident he will have a very strong season this year. Having a driver as strong as Ollie Hancock in the team is fantastic for everyone, but most importantly Ruben to make sure he can get up to speed as quickly as possible each weekend. I expect we will be on the podium this year and look forward to the championship getting started.”
Anakhasyan added, “Now that the previous season is over and the new season is about to start, I can look back and say that moving to the Ginetta G55 and to Century Motorsport in 2015 was the right decision. With their supportive team, fantastic mechanics and reliable car, I’m looking forward to entering the Britcar Endurance Series in a couple of week’s time. GT Cup last year was a good point to start with. Now Britcar launches new challenges for me and I’m excited to meet them, longer races and a few new tracks that I can’t wait to explore. Spa-Francorchamps is going to be an excellent bonus race and I’m eager to race there again.”
“I am really excited to see what 2016 brings for us in the Britcar Endurance Series,” Hancock said. “I have been coaching Ruben for a long time now and he’s making huge leaps forward every time out, so it will be fun sharing a car with him in the longer races throughout the season. Century are a superb team who have always delivered and run a fantastic car, with plenty of experience in the longer races, it’s great to be doing a second season with them. I have never raced the Ginetta G55 GT4, but I’ve had plenty of seat time over the years with different clients. Britcar seems to have plenty of momentum this season with its new owners and has a great format, we are all keen to get going.”
The Dunlop Endurance Championship gets underway at Silverstone on 26th March along with the newly revamped Dunlop Production Championship and the new for 2016 Dunlop Prototype Series. These will be the first events since Claire Hedley took over the series from James Tucker at the end of 2015.