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PREVIEW : Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Brands Hatch

PREVIEW : Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Brands Hatch

Offering cost-effective racing for all ages and experience, the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge offers a unique, low-cost opportunity to race in a single-make racing championship whilst still being a part of a prestigious support package. Here we look at how the land lies after 12 rounds.

Spa Francorchamps saw a shake-up at the top of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge field as a pair of wins for Callum Pointon was enough to leapfrog him into second place in the driver’s championship, just 43 points behind his teammate and championship leader, James Kellett.

Keen to make amends is Ollie Chadwick, who took a first and second place there last season and will be looking to retake second in the standings. He will have work to do however, as Pointon picked up a pair of podiums at Brands Hatch in 2014 and is tipped to do the same this weekend.

Outside the battle for the championship, Stuart Linn continued to be ‘best of the rest’, whilst Mohammed Elshimy enjoyed his best weekend to date, collecting a hat-trick of top five positions and moving inside the championship top 10 in Belgium.

A top five finish in race one at Spa helped Luca Hirst maintain fifth in the driver’s championship, whilst James Robinson closed the gap to Nick Zapolski with two descent points hauls, although the Buddy Racing driver made incredible progress through the field and will be one to watch.

Rounding out the top 10, Ian Robinson enjoyed some close racing with Dan O’ Brien, Jack Minshaw, Alexis Taylor and Glen Broster. Whilst Russ Simpson kept Matt Palmer honest as the pair enjoyed their improving results. Opting not to make the trip to Belgium, Ryan Hadfield and Charles Plumley will have work to do this weekend in order to make up for lost points. 

In the GRDC+ class, it was once againthe want2race show,as Rob Keogh and Ben Hyland dominating proceedings. As usual, they were kept honest by Charles Ferguson, who picked up a win and two third places.

Locking out the top five class positions in all three races were Shawn Fleming, Gary Wager and Andy Marshall, and the trio will no doubt be looking to take home a trophy from Kent this weekend. Chris Jones enjoyed his best weekend so far and will be looking to make inroads toward the championship top 10.

Friends both on and off the track, expect to see John Wall and Chris Babington going wheel to wheel on circuit, as they defend from Keith Sinclair and Guy Redwood. Meanwhile, after missing both Oulton and Spa, Usmaan Mughal will have to keep Andy Bradshaw and Brian Ellory behind in order to maintain his championship position.

With three races to run, expect to see close battles throughout the packed field, and if you like what you see, you could win a place on the 2016 Ginetta Racing Drivers Club grid with our friends at want2race! Visit www.want2race.co.uk for all the info!

 GT5 CHALLENGE TABLE

1 KELLETT, James 368

2 POINTON, Callum 325

3 CHADWICK, Ollie 317

4 LINN, Stewart 240

5 HIRST, Lucan 210

6 ZAPOLSKI, Nick 177

7 ROBINSON, James 144

8 ELSHIMY, Mohamed 125

9 O'BRIEN, Dan 120

10 ROBINSON, Ian 119

 

GRDC+ TABLE

1 KEOGH, Rob 276

2 HYLAND, Ben 265

3 FERGUSON, Charles 218

4 FLEMMING, Shawn 174

5 WAGER, Gary 166

6 MARSHALL, Andrew 152

7 WALL, John 115

8 BABINGTON, Chris 106

9 SINCLAIR, Keith 104



10 REDWOOD, Guy 90