The 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup is shaping up to be the most competitive in the championship’s short history, with a host of front-running drivers from 2013 returning to the series, alongside a talented group of series newcomers making the next step on the Ginetta ladder.
Here at The Checkered Flag, we thought who better to tell us which drivers on the grid we should be looking out for, than a selection of the Supercup stars themselves*:
Andrew Watson, Douglas Motorsport
“Pepe Massot and I have raced against each other for a couple of years now, and we’ve always had similar pace, so he’ll be up there. Charlie Robertson has won a Ginetta championship before and he should be quick, Tom Oliphant has done a lot of testing so if he’s got any chance this is probably it, and Jamie Orton was very good last year. They’ll be the main ones, but if you look down the list of entrants, it’s going to be even more competitive than last year.”
Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport
“I think Andrew Watson will be very good this year, in his second season, and while Harry Woodhead is new to it like me, he should be quick as well. They’re the two I have real experience racing with, I haven’t come up against many of the other drivers. I don’t think we’ll truly know who’ll be up there until Brands though.”
David Pittard, SV Racing
“Charlie Robertson signing up for the championship was certainly a surprise, and I certainly rate him as a driver. From the returning contenders, the one to watch is Pepe Massot and although I think he and Charlie are the main two guys, I reckon it will be wide open.”
Luke Davenport, United Autosports
“Tom Oliphant is going to be really impressive. With our new sequential gearboxes he’s been able to feed from his single-seater knowledge and I think he’s going to come out the blocks quickly, as he’s been very impressive in testing. Andrew Watson and Pepe Massot coming back will be up there, and I’m sure Charlie Robertson won’t be far away.”
Sean Huyton, Academy Motorsport
“The Junior guys that have moved up, Harry Woodhead and Charlie Robertson, are very quick. I raced against Luke Davenport in 2012 and he’s going to be good, he’s been getting some decent testing in, as has Andrew Watson. With the new guys that are coming in, I think it’s going to be very tough and very close this year, but it’s going to be good.”
Will Burns, Academy Motorsport
“I’ve been lucky enough to test alongside most the guys who will be competing at the front, and Harry Woodhead and Charlie Robertson have been looking really fast. Pepe Massot and Andrew Watson coming back will be up there too, so they’re the people I’m going to try to keep up with.”
*We spoke with the drivers at the annual Ginetta Media Day on March 11th, before all entrants were announced for the championship.