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Preview - Ginetta GT5 Challenge Oulton Park

Preview - Ginetta GT5 Challenge Oulton Park

The opening rounds of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge are set to leave spectators on the edge of their seats as former champions line up against race winners and championship newcomers alike, in what promises to be a trio of action packed races.

Outgoing Vice-Champion Ollie Chadwick returns to the grid with the championship title firmly in his sights, and he will be joined at Xentek Motorsport by new teammate Alexis Taylor, who joins the championship for 2015.

Hot on Ollie’s heels will be third generation of Minshaw driver, Jack, who is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father Jon and become a successful GT competitor. Joining the Buddy Racing team, Jack will share the garage with team owner and returning driver, Nick Zapolski.

Elsewhere, Glen Broster will return to the grid having contested the first four rounds of 2014, whilst championship newcomers Mohammed Elshimy and Charles Plumley will make their Ginetta debuts.

Total Control Racing – who ran the 2014 champion to success - will field Ginetta Junior Vice-Champion James Kellett in a bid to retain their championship title. Returning to the squad alongside Kellett will be podium finisher Callum Pointon, who has his sights set on consistent podium finishes. The team will be rounded out by newcomer Ian Robinson.

Following a strong debut in 2015, former Super One karter Luca Hirst will return to the grid alongside his Ginetta Cars colleague and former British Rallycross Champion Russ Simpson.  They will be joined on the grid by former British GT4 Champion (2008) and Ginetta G20 Champion (2006), Stewart Linn, who will run as part of Optimum Motorsport team, who also welcome Dan O’Brian into the fold.

Having only obtained their race licences in 2014, drivers in the GRDC+ category have graduated onto the Ginetta GT5 Challenge grid following their standalone races last season.  Competing in their road legal racing cars, the field will only score points during five of the seven meetings, with Oulton Park being one of the non-points scoring rounds.

Finishing second overall last season, John Wall heads up the GRDC+ entries this weekend, and will be joined by fellow podium finishes Shawn Fleming and Gary Wager, plus rivals from last season, Andy Bradshaw, Brian Ellory and Keith Sinclair. Having contested the Ginetta GT5 Challenge previously, Andy Marshall, Ben Hyland and Rob Keogh will make the switch to GRDC+ for the 2015 season.

Having joined the entry-level Ginetta Racing Drivers Club for 2015, Roy Perkins joins his GRDC+ peers on the grid in order to gain some all-important championship track time ahead of the opening round of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club at Rockingham on May 2/3. For all the action and behind-the-scenes insights, follow @GinettaCars on Twitter.