Ginetta GT5 Challenge Adds European Race To 2013 Calendar

The close racing of the GT5 Challenge will travel to Belgium (Photo Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

The 2013 Ginetta GT5 Challenge will include a headline race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps, the series stepping out of its normal slot on the support package for the British GT and F3 championships to visit the Belgian GP venue.

The date is a repeat of a popular date in the 2009, when the then all Ginetta G20 championship travelled to Belgium to race against the Swedish equivalent series, Swede Ola Nilsson getting the better of UK champion Mark Davies on that occasion.

The three races this year, over the Friday and Saturday of the 25 Hours of Spa weekend (July 12-13), will put the UK and Swedish drivers in the same race once again, though they will be awarded points separately for their own national titles. However, the highest scoring driver of the weekend will be awarded the title of European Ginetta GT5 Challenge Champion.

“After the success of the 2009 event, it is nice to be going back to Spa-Francorchamps with our new generation of drivers,” said Ginetta championships manager Max Gregory.” It offers the chance to race at an iconic circuit for the same price as a UK race, as well as giving them the opportunity to race against drivers from the Ginetta GT5 Challenge Sweden, which will undoubtedly add an element of excitement and rivalry for fans.  The Swedish Championship has just introduced the G40 into their Championship, as we did in 2011, so it will be interesting to see how they fair against the Brits.”

“I´m not sure if we have another driver of Ola´s calibre this year,” Swedish championship organiser Leif Lindstrom said, “but hopefully the best Swedes will give the top British drivers a good fight! Whatever the results, a visit to the best race track in Europe is something to remember for all drivers taking part.”