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. All the while being a part of a prestigious British GT support package. Here we look at how the land lies before the penultimate event.
Just six races separate James Kellett from the 2015 Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge title, and with 42 points in hand over closest rival Ollie Chadwick, the gloves will be off this weekend as he tries to extend that lead even further.
The 2014 KICK Start Energy Ginetta Junior Winter Series Champion will go head-to-head with the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge runner up of the same year and with no love lost between the pair on track, we’re set for an incredible battle at Snetterton, a venue at which Chadwick enjoyed a double victory in last year.
Although, it’s not just a two-horse race for the title; Callum Pointon has shown immense form over the course of this season, taking two wins and podiums in all but four of the 15 races run thus far. Now just 19 points behind Chadwick, expect to see the TCR boys working together to bring home maximum points.
With Stuart Linn missing the Norfolk gathering, Luca Hirst has the opportunity to grab fourth in the championship table if he enjoys another successful weekend, having come within touching distance of his second podium of the season at the last meeting.
Hirst will come up against stiff competition from Nick Zapolski, Dan O’Brien, Jack Minshaw and Ian Robinson however, with the quintet enjoying some great battles on track over the past few races. Elsewhere, expect to see Russ Simpson in the mix as he chases that elusive debut podium, along with Mohammad Elshimy and Matt Palmer.
Having only joined the championship at Spa Francorchamps, Antonio Ledesma will be once again getting to grips with his Ginetta G40 as he tries to leapfrog Glen Broster, Charles Plumley, Alexis Taylor and Malcolm Jules to be the best of the rest.
The GRDC+ class don’t score points at this round, so it’s unsurprising to see most of the field opting to miss the trip to Norfolk, but those relishing in the opportunity for more track time include Chris Babington and Shawn Flemming with a couple of additional drivers expected to join in the fun at the 11thhour.
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