Mectech Planning Multi-Car 2016 Ginetta Junior Entry

Mectech Motorsport are hoping to run up to three cars in the 2016 Ginetta Junior Championship.

The team made their category debut during November’s Winter Series at Snetterton, running a single car for racing rookie Anthony Ayres.

Speaking to at the recent Autosport International Show, team manager Bradley Smith confirmed they are in discussions with other drivers to join Ayres this season.

It will mark the team’s first campaign in the popular BTCC support category, having made their TOCA debuts last season as they ran Smith in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

Despite a difficult campaign which yielded just one victory for the three-time Radical champion, Smith says the door is open to a return to that series as well.

“We’re talking to a few Junior drivers at the moment,” explained Smith, who himself is targeting an LMP3 drive this year.

“We’ve got Anthony signed up and ready to go, so if we can get a couple more that would be perfect.

“I’ve got an ARDS A instructing license, which means as a team we’re able to offer everything in house for a Junior driver, which we hope makes it simpler for the customer.

“We’ve also got the possibility of running a G55 if we find the right driver, so we’ll just have to wait and see really.”

Smith feels Ayres is showing strong potential for the season ahead meanwhile, with a solid debut having produced a pair of top sixteen finishes in the Winter Series.

“Anthony is really starting to get to grips with the car now,” Smith added.

“The G40 Junior is a car you really need to drive on the edge to get everything out of it. It’s all starting to click for Anthony now though and he’s gaining a lot more confidence.

“There are guys who have already had a lot of testing, so he’s a bit behind in terms of track time, but he’s determined and I think he can get on to the rookie podium as the season develops.”