The second half of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club speeds into action at Brands Hatch this weekend, as a grid of newly qualified racing drivers continue their first ever season in motorsport, all behind the wheel of their brand new, fully road legal Ginetta G40 Club cars.
Now in its second year, the all-inclusive GRDC package is aimed at drivers with a desire to test their mettle at racing, offering step-by-step support as they move from the UK roads to some of the finest GT circuits in the country, and the best bit – this field of rookie racers only passed their test (ARDS tests that is) a few months ago!
The man to beat this weekend is Adrian Campbell-Smith who is currently unbeaten by the class of 2015, having won the opening races at Rockingham and finishing second to guest driver James Taylor at Silverstone.
Hot on his heels however will be Richard Evans, who picked up a pair of third places last time out, and Mike Jarvis, who narrowly missed out on a win at Rockingham in race two. Close behind them, Richard Smith and Phil McGarty are the only other drivers to have picked up silverware so far this season, and will be hoping the podium stays that way.
Proving that consistency is key, Simon Walker and Paul Garstang have regularly been challenging at the sharp end of the field, but the pair came under pressure from Peter Digby at Silverstone, with the latter being the only other of the drivers mentioned thus far to have finished inside the top five.
Drivers to watch out for this weekend include Roy Perkins, Richard Eliker and Paul Oliphant, with the trio each narrowly missing out on a top five result in the opening races and each keen to graduate into the top spots in the latter half of the season.
Mark Cundy, Dan Collinson and Steve Hughes enjoyed some fantastic on track racing in their last outing, whilst blogger Stefan Nadarajan, Paul Zwicky-Ross and Jim Finneran will no doubt be looking to pick up at the pace they left off. Others to look forward to include Mike Newbould and Colin Plumb.
What is the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club?
Imagine being on track behind the wheel of your own racing car, enjoying a race alongside new friends in front of cheering crowds, before driving the car home and being the envy of your neighbours. That feeling of euphoria is what the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club is all about.
The G40 Club car is £33,300 and for that we also give you 12 months road tax, two track days with expert tuition, an ARDS racing licence, plus entry into a four weekend racing series at the best UK circuits with full mechanical and emotional Ginetta support. For more information, call 0845 210 5050.