Japanese racing driver Osamu Kawashima is set to graduate into the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup for 2015, after confirming a season-long campaign with Century Motorsport as part of the new-for-2015 AM class.
No stranger to the British Touring Car Championship support series, Kawashima made his UK racing debut in 2013 with Century Motorsport at the final round of the Michelin Ginetta GT SuperCup at Brands Hatch.
Turning his attention to the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge in 2014, Osamu used the British GT supporting championship to build his experience of the UK circuits before his planned graduation to the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup this season.
Building both his pace and experience throughout the season, Osamu is looking forward to stepping up to the bigger Ginetta G55, and the Pro and Am format provides the ideal next step for ambitious Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 looking for progression to the next level of motorsport.
He said;“I'm excited to race in [the] Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup with Century Motorsport this year. I'm very happy to work with Nathan and Century again. This year is a very important year for me, I think it'll be a hard season, but I like to challenge myself so that I'll fight using what I learned from last year's Ginetta GT5 Challenge.”
With a separate points scoring system allowing for a sub-class with their own championship and prize-giving, drivers within the AM class will not be at a disadvantage due to their time-commitments outside of the championship.
Nathan Freke, Team Principal, Century Motorsport added; “We are thrilled that Osamu is returning to Century Motorsport this year. He’s a great guy with a real passion for motorsport and enjoys every minute of his weekend’s racing. The step up to the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup will be a big one, but their new Gentleman class format is perfect for someone like Osamu to build up his experience gradually and have something to aim for each weekend.”
Kawashima will join returning driver Tom Oliphant at the Century Motorsport team, and plans to contest the full 28 round championship.