Luca Hirst is targeting champagne and silverware in the 2015 Ginetta GT5 Challenge after announcing plans to return to the British GT support series with professional team Xentek Motorsport.
With extensive experience both as a mechanic and driver, Hirst has built and his 2015 Ginetta G40 GT5 Challenge car, which will be run by the GT5 Challenge front running team.
Looking forward to the season, Hirst said; “Now that I am familiar with the various SRO circuit configurations, my goal is to consistently finish inside the top three.Last year I gained as much experience as I possibly could, and now it’s time to put it into practice. Working with a team like Xentek will help me considerably as their support & experience will be vital in moving up the grid!”
Xentek Team Manager Chris Richards added; "We are delighted with the signing of Luca to Xentek for 2015, Luca is a great addition to the team and will reinforce our title challenge with both the drivers & team championships in our sights. We watched Luca progress well last season and are working hard together to ensure he is a regular visitor to the podium this year."
Finishing a respectable eighth overall in his maiden sports car season last year, former Easykart World Champion Hirst represents an ongoing partnership between Ginetta and Easykart UK, which has seen the two companies create an academy-style ladder to uncover and support future stars who possess the ability and drive to succeed throughout the world of racing; from karting, into the Ginetta championships and ultimately as a driver who can represent Ginetta in its future assault on the Le Mans 24 hrs.
The partnership will see 2015 Easykart Junior and Senior champions each receive a test in a Ginetta G40 race car, as well as two entries into the Ginetta Junior Scholarship. Ginetta will also be present at selected Easykart race meetings with their Ginetta G40 Race car, offering passenger laps with Hirst and Ginetta Factory Driver Mike Simpson.