Ginetta Factory driver Mike Simpson will return to the 2016 British GT Championship behind the wheel of a Ginetta G55 GT3 car for 2016, after being confirmed as the PRO driver with Tolman Motorsport, Ginetta Factory-Backed Team.
As part of the official tie-up between Ginetta and Tolman Motorsport, Simpson will be reunited with his 2011 British GT teammate, Ian Stinton in the second of a two car line up. The pair will join previously announced driver Luke Davenport and David Pattison as part of the new initiative.
Simpson, who has a wealth of knowledge behind the wheel of the Ginetta, is looking forward to teaming up with Stinton, a regular on the British GT scene since 2004 who finished third overall – taking a race win along the way - in his Ginetta G50 back in 2009.
The pair will join Davenport and Pattison in the new Ginetta factory-backed Tolman GT3 Team, as the Warwickshire outfit make their first foray into the premier class of GT racing. The foursome will begin testing at the end of February in Southern Europe.
Chris Tolman, Tolman Team Principal;“I am delighted to have Ian and Mike on board for what is set to be a truly special year for us. The appointment of factory backing from Ginetta is quite a coup for small team like mine! The pressure is now on for us to make all this work the best it possibly can! With the driver line up we now have I’m sure we can look to some great results for all parties. David and Luke’s step up will be as big as last years in to GT4 but I have doubt they will rise to it as we all did last season”
Mike Simpson, Ginetta Factory Driver: “I am delighted to be back for my third full season in British GT with my good friend Ian Stinton. We helped to develop the GT3 car together back in the early days, and Ian has kept his hand in with the G55 since then. Tolman Motorsport have a great track record in Ginetta’s so it’s going to be an exciting year with them as our factory backed team.”
Ian Stinton, Driver: “I am so pleased to be out in British GT again with Mike Simpson. Due to the Balance of Performance levelling out performance of all the cars, I feel we have a great chance of being on the podium. After meeting Tolman, I’m convinced they are going to make the car very quick and more importantly, very reliable. This year marks my 15th season in BGT and I believe I have the team mate and team to put us on the podium!”
Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship Manager: "We are very much looking forward to seeing another team make the step from GT4 to GT3. Ginetta has been a long-time supporter of British GT and this is another example of great progression.”
Ginetta’s partnership with Tolman Motorsport adds yet another rung to the already well-established Ginetta motorsport career ladder, with both outfits able to take a driver from grass-roots competition in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge, right the way through into top level GT4 and GT3 racing, something no other manufacturer is capable of.