Ginetta can today confirm that 2014 Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup competitors Luke Davenport and David Pattison are to join forces for a British GT campaign in a Ginetta G55 GT4, with Tolman Motorsport.
2015 will mark the first year of British GT competition for Tolman Motorsport, who have enjoyed several seasons running successful campaigns across numerous Ginetta series, all under the leadership of former MOD engineer and FIA World Rally Championship technician Chris Tolman.
Pattison has spent the last two seasons racing in the Ginetta Challenge at the wheel of a Ginetta G20, securing a trio of third places before his graduation to the Ginetta G55 GT4 at Silverstone in 2014 saw him take home a pair of second places.
Davenport is no stranger to the Ginetta G55 GT4 car, having enjoyed a season-long campaign in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup throughout 2014, which saw him take numerous race wins and podiums in his graduation year from the Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
Combining raw talent, experience and maturity, the driver line-up is one that should suit the demands of the British GT Championship perfectly, which stipulates a split of this nature. In addition, Pattison has worked with Tolman for some time so there is an existing relationship, which will help when it comes to developing the cars and preparing race-day strategies.
Commenting, Team Owner Chris Tolman said; "I am delighted to welcome David and Luke to the Tolman Motorsport team. I have known David both personally and professionally for some time and believe that together with Luke, they will make an excellent pairing which will provide both the pace and the experience that GT racing requires.
"In addition to GT4, we also hope to be running a Ginetta G40 in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, to enable us to provide a ladder from the lower formulae to the British GT series. Our future plans include GT3 campaigns in British GT and Blancpain series following on from the GT4 programme and culminates with our ultimate goal, competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020.
David Pattison said; "It took me 56 years to achieve the dream of being a racing driver, and the GT4 series in British GT is tailor made for me. I love the car and the circuits we are going to be on. Luke is a very talented young man and I can't wait for him to help me to be the best I can. We are in very good hands with Tolman and I have had two years of working with their enthusiasm and professionalism. I would also like to thank Gravity Road for their continued sponsorship support. Very excited and can't wait to get started."
Luke Davenport said; "I cannot wait for it all to begin. Chris and David at Tolman Motorsport have provided me with a fantastic opportunity to prove myself as an aspiring professional GT driver for 2015. The guys at Tolman and I feel that my apprenticeship in the Ginetta Challenge and the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup stands me in good stead to be competitive in British GT. The big challenge for me this year will be to adapt quickly to an endurance style of racing. My consistency over a stint will be paramount, whilst managing tyres at the same time as fighting against some experienced long-distance drivers.
"I am really pleased that my sponsors, Henderson Insurance Brokers and Duo Plc, have decided to continue supporting me for the coming season. They have been a great boost to my preparation and confidence in the past and I look forward to continuing this for 2015 as I progress up the GT ladder."
The first round of the 2015 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on the weekend of 4-6 April.