Jamie Orton, the current leader of the Caterham Superlight R300 Championship, is teaming up with Total Control Racing to join the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup grid at Silverstone.
Orton is making his Supercup debut as he looks to gain experience ahead of a planned step up to GT racing in the near future, after racing in Caterham's for the past few years. Orton will drive the G55 that has been driven by Joachim Ritter, Tim Harvey, Marino Franchitti and Patrick Watts over the season.
Orton said:“I wanted to do this round to see if it's something I should do next year. I like sprint racing and one-make championships, they're what I like to race in, and I do like GT-style cars. Other than the Caterhams I have done a Radical race and just did the Britcar 24 Hours as well in a Marcos so I've got other experience. But I'm going into this with open eyes and no expectations!
“It really is a case of deciding what to do, this is a hobby for me – it's for fun and to see where I can take it. I'm not under any illusions there may be some paid, professional career out the back of this, it's about enjoying the racing and if next weekend goes well we might do the Ginettas next year. It'd be great to try and get some sponsorship in to help with next year as well – I'm open to offers!”
TCR team principal Lee Brookes added: “We're really delighted to have the second car back out next weekend. Jamie has proven to be really quick and talented in Caterhams, his record this year speaks for itself, so we're sure he'll take to the Ginetta quickly and have a good weekend. Hopefully, if all goes well, he'll come back next year and do the full championship with us.”