Reigning Ginetta Junior vice-champion James Kellett will step up to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this season with Total Control Racing.
Kellett enjoyed two successful years in the Ginetta Juniors with HHC Motorsport. In his maiden season in 2013, Kellett secured the Rookie Cup honours and the end-of-season Winter Series title.
Installed as a championship favourite for 2014, Kellett overcame a tough start to win five races and finish second on six occasions to secure the runners-up spot overall.
“I’m really happy to be joining TCR for the Ginetta Challenge,” said Kellett. “I’ve got my sights set on GT and sportscar racing in the future so this is the perfect next step for us.
“The aim is to try and win the championship in my first season and I know TCR will give me a car capable of fighting for the title. I can’t wait for the season to start!”
TCR head into 2015 as the reigning Challenge champions after they won the title last year with George Gamble, and team principal Lee Brookes feels Kellett can be the driver to defend the title for them.
“We’re over the moon to have signed James for the GT5 Challenge, he’s a top quality driver and someone we kept a very close eye on last year in the Juniors,” commented Brookes.
“Obviously, we had a fantastic season with George [Gamble] in the Challenge last year and our aim now is to try and repeat that if we can. James is mega quick, we know he has what it takes to try and win the title.”
Alongside Kellett, TCR have also confirmed Callum Pointon will return with the team for his third season in the category. The 20 year old finished fifth in the standings last year with two podium finishes and also have a title challenge in his sights for 2015.
“We’re definitely going all-out for the championship this year,” said Pointon. “I learnt a lot being team-mates with George [Gamble] last year and it was fantastic taking my first couple of podiums towards the end of the season.
“Staying with TCR was something we always wanted to do, we’ve had two fantastic years in the Ginetta Challenge with Lee [Brookes] and his team. They always provide an incredible car, the aim is to make the most of that and fight for podiums and wins.”