Local racer Dan Jones is to make his debut in the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup this weekend, joining Richardson Racing to compete in the G50 class at home circuit Croft.
The 37 year old is a regular competitor in endurance racing, having competed in the Britcar and Dubai 24 Hours races in the past, as well as racing in Belgian Touring Cars, the Fun Cup and Supercoupes during his career.
The Newcastle-based racer will compete in a Ginetta G50 run by defending teams’ champions Richardson Racing, putting him back behind the wheel of a G50 for the first time since he competed in the 2011 Britcar 24 Hours in a GT4 variant of the car.
“I’ve never raced on the British Touring Car Championship package before but have always wanted to, and the deal to join Richardson Racing is the perfect opportunity to sample the Supercup and see what it’s all about,” said Jones. “I’ve been competing in endurance races for a long time now, and sprint racing is something I’m keen to do more of in the future so this is the ideal chance to give it a go.”
Jones is only currently signed up to do this weekend with Richardson Racing, but is in discussions about extending his stay in the series.
“I’ve already spoken to the team about the possibility of doing more races later in the year if it goes well,” Jones added. “I’m not sure how many G50s there will be this weekend, but my aim is to be at the front of the pack and hopefully mix it with the rear of the G55s. That’s the target I’m setting myself and we’ll see what happens.”
The addition of Jones to the grid is welcome news for the championship, with the G50 class having struggled for entries in recent meetings, with just two cars competing at each of the last two meetings.