Jamie Orton has today confirmed plans to return to British Touring Car Championship support series, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup, for 2016 with Triple M Motorsport.
Orton, who has been a part of the SuperCup grid since 2012, finished third overall in 2015 and has every intention of going ‘two better’ as he makes a welcome return to the BRDC-qualifying championship for a fifth year.
A championship contender from the outset in 2015, Orton took a pair of wins during the opening weekend at Brands Hatch. 13 additional podiums, including three more wins, undoubtedly make him one to watch in 2016.
Speaking about his return to the grid, Orton said;“It’s great to be able to confirm a return to the SuperCup for 2016. I had looked at other options but the timing just wasn’t right. I was lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to work with Alan and Nick Mugglestone again this year as part of their Triple M Motorsport outfit. It was too tempting to pass up as I enjoyed working with them so much last year and I felt that if I was to have another crack at it, then there would be no better opportunity to fight for the Championship.
“Whilst last year was great on many levels, I was still a little raw and ultimately third was a little underwhelming. I think as a team we can do better than that this year, but to win it outright we will need some luck as well. It is unfinished business and I feel very excited to be driving a car I love with a team of guys who I know will enable me to get the best out of it. I cannot wait to get back out there. The primary objective is to have another great season of racing, anything else is a bonus.”
Ashley Gallagher, Ginetta Championships Manager added; “It’s great to have Jamie back for 2016. He’s a great driver and his progression within the SuperCup over the years has been great to watch. After some strong results in 2015, I have no doubt he’ll hit the ground running as we arrive at Brands Hatch!”
The Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup will see a change in format for 2016 in order to keep costs to a minimum. The championship will be reduced to eight weekends, and will ‘sit out’ the Thruxton (07/08 May) and Croft (18/19 June) meetings. A testing restriction will also be in place. After the Ginetta Media Day, competitors will only be able to test at championship venues during the official Ginetta pre-event test and the official Friday test before the event.
Broadcast live on ITV4, the opening rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup get underway at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April 2016. To discuss how you can get on the grid in 2016, call us on 0845 2 10 50 50.