Jack Oliphant will follow in his brother Tom’s footsteps this season as he competes in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup alongside Peter Bassill at Century Motorsport.
Oliphant will graduate from the Ginetta G40 Cup to race on the TOCA package for the first time alongside Tom, who won the 2015 Supercup title and now competes in the BTCC with West Surrey Racing.
Jack started his racing career one year after that in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, before enjoying an impressive last couple of seasons in the G40 Cup with W2R Motorsport.
The 23 year old from Leeds starred in 2018 with race victories at Snetterton and Donington Park, plus six more podium finishes, on his way to second in the final championship standings.
Oliphant switching from the G40 Cup to Supercup replicates Michael Crees, who made a success of the transition as he won the Am Class title last year with Century.
“I can’t believe I’m racing in the SuperCup. To race on the TOCA package with the ‘big boys’ is what every driver wants and to couple that with being with Century Motorsport is astonishing,” he said.
“They were the only team we called as soon as we knew what we wanted to race because we know them so well from Tom’s 2015 season, but I think on top of that they are born winners.
“I am excited to prove that the G40 Cup is not some ‘arrive and drive’ series, and that drivers running at the front of that grid can make the step up. Michael Crees did it and hopefully I can make my mark as well.”
Oliphant will he joined in the series’ Am Class by fellow series debutant Bassill, who’s embarking on the latest chapter of a motorsport career that has spanned over a decade so far.
The 43 year old has gained experience in a number of disciplines including Formula Ford 1800, Formula BMW, Mazda MX5’s and Radicals, and is now on a quest to compete in the 2025 Le Mans 24 Hours.
Bassill, who is a patron for mental health charity The Dove Service, will compete with support from top BTCC outfit Speedworks Motorsport and 2013 Supercup champion Tom Ingram.
“Having already been part of the BTCC and having a desire to scratch my racing itch, the Supercup felt like the perfect championship for me,” he commented.
“I want to find myself in the series, work out who I can have a great battle with and above all, have more fun on and off track than anyone else. With Century, Speedworks and Ingram around me though, I’m aiming to bring a new level of competition to the back of the pack.”