Former British Touring Car Champion and double Porsche Carrera Cup GB title winner Tim Harvey has confirmed he will race in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup at Croft this weekend, two weeks after ending his successful spell in the Porsche series.
Harvey will race for front running outfit Total Control Racing, taking the car previously raced by Joachim Ritter, who has called time on his racing commitments at present for business and family reasons. He will be team-mates with series frontrunner Carl Breeze.
TCR Team Principal Lee Brookes said: “It's fantastic for TCR to have Tim running with us at Croft. It will bring a lot of prestige to the team having a driver as well-known and as successful as Tim onboard, we're really looking forward to working with him this weekend.”
49 year old Harvey, who will continue his work as co-commentator for the BTCC races on ITV, added: “This could be the start of a Ginetta chapter in my career! The reasons behind me stopping racing in Porsche are well documented and the Ginetta G55 is a powerful, front-engined, rear-wheel drive car that suits my love of fast sportscars. Plus, Ginetta is a British manufacturer so that's great and the racing is on the TOCA package so fits in well with my ITV commitments.
“I am looking at this seriously as possibly the next step in my racing career. Lawrence (Tomlinson – Chairman of Ginetta Cars) has been keen to get me in the car and I must say a big thank you to him for sorting out this great opportunity. It's a one-off for now but we'll have to see what happens.”
Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson concluded: “Tim has had an excellent reputation and we are delighted to have him join the Ginetta line up. We first met at the Michelin Pilot Sport II launch where we enjoyed the tyre testing and have got on ever since. Tim's entry into the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup marks an exciting opportunity for existing and future competitors to race against a front running GT racer.
“I've been talking to Tim about our new G55 machine for a while now, the new dual class format of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup has attracted a great deal of interest and we've has been flat out building cars to meet the demand. I would like to thank our customers for their patience and hope to see more people like Tim joining the grids as we head into 2012.”