Reigning European Le Mans Series LMP3 champion Charlie Robertson has signed a five year deal to become a factory driver at Ginetta, joining the manufacturer’s in-house development team.
The 19 year old joins Mike Simpson in the factory ranks, with the announcement of his signing coming during the launch of Ginetta’s new G57 prototype yesterday (14th January), which Robertson was instrumental in the development of.
Robertson, who will relocate to Leeds to work full-time at the company’s Garforth base, will work on the development of Ginetta’s motorsport fleet, as well as compete in selected races throughout 2016 and beyond.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Robertson told TCF. “All the hard work that we’ve put in over the years has paid off and I can’t thank Lawrence [Tomlinson] and everyone at Ginetta enough.
“It’s very reassuring to have a long-term deal like this so early in my career. It won’t just be driving, I’ll be working in the factory a lot as well, understanding the engineering of the cars, as well as coaching young drivers.
“I really want to improve my skills in all aspects of motorsport and become a complete driver. This opportunity gives me five years to really prove myself, to forge a career in motorsport and hopefully earn my place in the history books of motorsport.”
Robertson has raced with the Yorkshire marque throughout his career so far, winning two one-make titles on the BTCC package before going to enjoy European success last season alongside Sir Chris Hoy.
After making his car-racing debut in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2011, Robertson won the overall title the following season with HHC Motorsport, before moving into single-seaters and the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in 2013.
Robertson returned to Ginetta in 2014 and won the GT4 Supercup crown at the first attempt with HHC. His next step was Europe, with himself and Hoy taking three wins in five races en-route to the ELMS title last season in their Ginetta-Nissan LMP3.
“Charlie is one of the brightest young motorsport talents in the business and we are delighted to have him on board with us for the next five years,” added Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson.
“He is the epitome of what the Ginetta ladder can do for a young driver. There is no denying he has a successful future ahead of him.”