Ginetta Launch 2013 Season With Annual Media Day

by Simon Paice

Ginetta kicked off their 2013 season in style with their annual Media Day at the home of British Motorsport, Silverstone.

The Yorkshire-based marque welcomed all the teams and drivers from their three one-make championships, as well as VIP guests, celebrities and members of the media.

The guests got a taste of the action with instructed laps in a Ginetta G40R throughout the day, instructed by Ginetta GT5 Challenge racers Ben Constanduros and Stuart Pearson,  as well as adrenaline-filled passenger rides in either a G55 or G50 driven by Colin White, Tom Sharp, Fergus Walkinshaw, Matt Nicoll-Jones or Russell Paterson.

The Day's Quickest Celebrity Dave Vitty Alongside Instructor Ben Constanduros

The Day’s Quickest Celebrity Dave Vitty Alongside Instructor Ben Constanduros

The celebrities also took in the ‘Star In A Reasonably Priced Ginetta’ competition, with radio personality ‘Comedy’ Dave Vitty just fending off former England goalkeeper Nigel Martyn to take the award for ‘Fastest Lap’. Paul Stewart, drummer for the band The Feeling picked up the ‘Most Entertaining’ prize, while music producer Nelski took home the coveted ‘Captain Slow’ award.

The event also gave track time for entrants into the 2013 Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Junior Championship and Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, with the teams and drivers given the chance to shake down their cars ahead of their seasons starting over Easter weekend.

Joining them on track were two Ginetta G55 GT3’s that are set to compete in British GT this season, one driven by works team drivers Lawrence Tomlinson, Richard Sykes and Mike Simpson, the other being the IDL Racing with CWS machine driven by Supercup graduates Tom Sharp and Colin White.

There was also track time for the top three drivers in the 2012 Ginetta Junior Championship, with Charlie Robertson, Sennan Fielding and Niall Murray all getting the opportunity to test Speedworks Motorsport’s NGTC Toyota Avenis BTCC racer as part of their prize package.

Ginetta also used the event to introduce Carlube as the official oil supplier to their trio of championships.

All photos: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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