Fly January - Charlie Robertson Blog

Fly January - Charlie Robertson Blog

For many in the world of Motorsport, December/January time is ‘Off Season’. However, for myself and everyone competing in the Far East, things were just starting to hot up. January 2017 was arguably my busiest racing month ever, and I am definitely not complaining in the slightest. After a lovely break with the family over Xmas and New Year, it was time to get back in the hot seat and so the three week racing adventure began.

First stop Thailand, Chang International Circuit located near the town of Buriram. It was an interesting journey, involving a strange Thai internal flight in a plane dressed as a chicken… But we arrived safe and sound, ready for round three of the Asian Le Mans Series. The PRT racing Ginetta looked the part as always, and our pace was strong straight out the box. I was once again racing alongside Ate De Jong, who had great pace throughout testing so we were confident going into the race. Qualifying went well, we added a little bit of rear wing angle which helped us in the high speed corners. I managed to put a lap together which placed us P3 on the grid and highest placed Ginetta, which we were very pleased with.

Race day was hot and humid, but testament to the Ginetta air flow and driver cooling was not a problem. I managed to get a great slingshot when the red lights went out, making up two places straight into the lead. The perfect scenario! As a driver all you can do is get your head down and give it everything to get a gap. All went well and by the driver change we had a decent gap back to 2nd. Ate hopped in and set competitive and consistent times, however some minor issues cost us some time meaning the podium was a tough ask. I clambered back in for the last hour and brought the car home in 4th with fastest lap, a mega result for car and team. It was also a brilliant day for Ginetta as the two sister ARC Bratislava ‘Yellow Submarines’ claimed our first win in Asian Le Mans with a 1-2 finish.

No rest for the wicked however, after the post-race celebrations we headed straight back to Bangkok as we had a flight to catch, next stop Dubai for the inaugural round of the 24H Proto Series. This would consist of 3x3 Hour races over two days at the prestigious Dubai Autodrome, in our flagship car the G57-P2. Ginetta were certainly out in force with eight G57-P2’s on the starting grid.

It was special event for me as I was back with HHC Motorsport, the team I spent the first four years of my car racing career with and learnt my craft. Our car was fast but we had some issues which hurt us, however once these were ironed out we knew it will be a great endurance racer and a formidable package. The other G57-P2’s did exceptionally well throughout the event, scoring both overall and  class wins in the hands of different teams and drivers, proving just how accessible the car is. Even though it was a tough meeting, it was awesome to drive the Dubai Autodrome in a car with masses of aerodynamic capability and near enough 600 horses under your right foot.

After the Dubai event we had some time to chill, my girlfriend Joanne flew over along with Pete’s (Chief Design Engineer) other half Lennie. It was good to have some time off and be typical tourists for a few days. Visiting the Burj Khalifa and of course going to a waterpark with slides where the floors fall away which actually made me more nervous than climbing aboard a race car! It was all good fun, and I was definitely ready and refreshed for the third and final leg of the journey. Malaysia beckoned.

The final round of the Asian Le Mans Series would be held in the sweltering heat of Sepang circuit, most certainly the toughest race on the calendar from a physical and mental perspective. We arrived fairly early to acclimatise to the conditions. In the run up to the weekend we visited Zen Low’s Aylezo Facility, Zen races the Aylezo Ecotint Ginetta LMP3 with us in Asian Le Mans Series. I was jealous as he has an all singing all dancing simulator, every racing drivers dream!

Luckily we were able to give it a blast, all I can say is it was an impressive piece of kit. Simulators are always useful, obviously there is not a substitute for the real thing but it will always help with familiarisation of a circuit. As always very quickly it became competitive with Mike Simpson and I trading lap times for an entire afternoon, and my engineer Stephan spending a lot of time pirouetting. All good fun though and a great way to prepare for the weekend ahead.

Testing went well, the car was fast on old tyres. I was confident that would could be right up there challenging come qualifying. Ate was also on great form, his experience at Sepang was paying off as he was one of the fastest Bronze drivers of the weekend. We headed into qualifying fairly confident, however it turned out to be the closest session of the season…on the longest circuit. I put a lap together which put us P5 only three tenths off pole, once again the fastest Ginetta which was positive. I would have liked to have been in the top three, but with it being so close I couldn’t really complain.

Race Day! It was hot and sticky, the #67 Ginetta looked great as it elegantly sat on the grid awaiting the start. Ate opted to start the race for the first time this season, after gaining a lot of experience throughout this year, we decided it was time. We had a tough race, Ate did a great job and handed me the car in sixth place. The heat was starting to subside as the race progressed into the evening. I managed to put in some strong lap times and climb up to fourth place, the car felt awesome and I was certainly in the groove.

However it was too good to be true, with 15 minutes to go while hunting down a podium we lost a front wheel, something that has never happened to me in my five years of racing Ginetta’s. Unfortunately this curtailed our race. It was a tough pill to swallow after such a strong race. But I can’t complain, I have thoroughly enjoyed my time racing in Asia. We have met a lot of great people and had some fantastic results along the way.

This won’t be the last you see of Ginetta in the Far East!

CR

The Art Of Motor Racing - Jake Yorath Interview

The Art Of Motor Racing - Jake Yorath Interview

Those of you that follow the British GT championship will likely have encountered the work of Jake Yorath, the man behind the distinctive and dynamic prints that have adorned the series’ programmes throughout the 2016 season.

Ginetta cars are a fixture on the British GT grid and we’ve admired several of Jake’s interpretations of our cars, so we decided to go one step further and commission a unique print from the man himself.

As part of this work we spoke to Jake to find out a bit more about his work, starting with the story of how he came to be a designer and what specifically drew him to the field of motorsport. Like many of us, this journey began through a combination of coincidence, luck and outside influence.

“It started by accident. My dad was a hobby photographer and he won a Nikon camera in a competition when I was young. He already had an Olympus and so that found its way to me.”

As a man that grew up surrounded by motorsport books, motorsport videos, and who spent weekends at events like BTCC in the 90s, motorsport almost inevitably became a focus for Jake’s photography. Early experimentation with posting photos on the fledgling Flickr network led to a left-field query from a friend: “Have you considered becoming a graphic designer?”

Demonstrating a consistent line in self-deprecation, Jake elaborates. “It’s funny because I can’t even draw with my hands, really - when I try to sketch an idea out it usually looks completely different from how I initially saw it in my head, which I find quite frustrating. I find it quite funny that I can’t hand draw; somebody once said to me that I ‘get paid for colouring in’, which isn’t too far from the truth”.

How does a man that doesn’t like to operate a pencil approach the design process? “I begin with source material and produce a number of line-drawing refinements, starting with variations in lighting to highlight different elements. I like to keep to as few shades as possible and tend to use bold colours – too many shades and the intricacies of a design can be lost in the detail”

Jake highlights what he perceives as a wariness of the ‘new’ that has crept in to motorsport design, particularly where promotional material is concerned. “Traditional motorsport art has adopted a fixed approach, often using a collage of cars exploding from the centre of a page, attempting to look like they’re racing, often without success. You end up with posters looking very similar.”

It was these literal interpretations of the source material - similar designs, similar colour palettes – that encouraged Jake to try his hand in the first place.

“I essentially started by doing designs for races where I thought their posters were underwhelming. It wasn’t so much, ‘I can do better than that’, but rather ‘I can do something a little bit different.’ I looked back on the great motorsport art era of the 60s and 70s and I felt that had gone away a little, and so there was an opportunity to offer something a little bit different, without necessarily being retro.”

“Encouragingly, you can see a massive improvement in the quality of some of the work out there, such as the FIA World Endurance Championship posters over the last 2 or 3 years; when I was first starting out, their promo work was really quite poor.”

Like many of us, Jake went through hundreds of car posters in his youth, including a treasured LG Super Racing Weekend World Touring Cars example that survives to this day.

“For some reason I vividly remember watching the [Steven Moffat, later of Dr Who fame] TV series ‘Coupling’ from about 15 years ago, where one of the characters had a bachelor pad full of old motorsport posters. What I strive to do is to create stuff that would have people saying ‘that’s good enough to put on my wall’, rather than just in the kids bedroom.”

Throughout our conversation he is careful not to characterise his observations about the industry as intended to be critical of the creators. For example, we touch on the work of people like [prolific motorsport artist] Tim Layzell: “You have to recognize the talent; I feel like an imposter next to them.”

“From a career perspective though, it’s an area that has an under-representation of creatives when compared to, say, football or cinema, both of which have hugely crowded art communities.”

Drawing parallels with his experience in photography, Jake observes that, “If you can’t see the photo then you can learn all the technical skills you like, you’re never going to be a great photographer. If you can visualise what you’re trying to do, you can learn the techniques more easily using modern methods than you can with paint and a still using your hands.”

“I have a crazy amount of respect for people who create things like Marvel comics. They draw at a ridiculous rate, pencil drawings then painting in. How they don’t have destroyed wrists is beyond me.”

In closing, we explore whether he has aspirations outside of racing?

“At this point, I don’t know. The lottery win dream is to have a studio to create poster art, books, magazines. Over time I’d probably expand from motorsport into other areas. I’m a big fan of the work of [Austin, TX-based design studio] Mondo, who do short run, licensed prints for TV and movies. If they do a Star wars print for example, they’ll sell out a run of 500 in 5 minutes. Their stuff is amazing, what they do is fantastic. To be able to do something like that in motorsport would be great. Maybe one day.”

Jake Yorath splits his time between design work, PR and social media management. You might call him a freelance creative, though he would describe that as a bit “turtle-neck jumper”. You can reach him at @jakeyorath or via his website, yorath.co.

Editors note: the artwork feature here was commissioned by the British GT Championship organisers.

January 20, 2017 by Paul Zwicky-Ross
What Happens When You Swap Your MX5 For A G57-P2

What Happens When You Swap Your MX5 For A G57-P2

Jason Coupal had only ever been racing a Mazda MX5 when we met him a few months ago. Whilst at Dubai preparing for the 24 Hours, we met him once again and mentioned there was a slot in the G57-P2 if he fancied making the step up to prototypes.

We get it. Swapping an MX5 for a G57-P2 is not for the faint hearted. Nonetheless, when Jason jumped in the prototype for the first time, he blew us all away, and his times only got better and better. We were astounded by his driving talent, but this is what it felt like for him.

“When a Spec Miata racecar starts up, you’re not intimidated. Stimulated, yes, because it is a race car and it makes a satisfying little crackle that tells you it wants to go fast, but four-cylinder engines are never intimidating. Not so in the case of the 6.2L V8 that hides deep within a Ginetta G57-P2-P2. When that starts up, it sounds a bit like what I imagine a deep space electric storm would. This is intimidating.

So you’ve heard the G57-P2 start, and now you’re beginning to wonder just how you’re going to drive it. You get into it, grip the butterfly steering wheel and take a look around. You see lots of switches and buttons, an accelerator that’s over in the passenger side footwell, and a window to the outside world through which you’re meant to see where you’re going. You have absolutely no idea how you’re supposed to go about driving this thing with any sort of pace.

You’re wheeled out onto the pit lane and told to start the 6.2-litre powerplant (I use the word because it could probably power the Chevrolet factory it was built in for a few days). It bursts into life and the overwhelming feeling that you’re not going to be able to handle the thing returns. Still, you’ve been strapped in like any other race car and now you’re being waved on down the pit lane. That’s a least a few seconds of 40 km/h driving to get accustomed to it. You begin to bleed away the clutch and nearly stall about eight times on the way to the giddy heights of 40. It becomes immediately clear that the G57-P2 doesn’t like going slowly. It sputters and lurches, throwing you side to side and back to front. You pass the end of the pit lane, and decide to get it over with and put your foot down.

Second gear is required in less than a second, and third another second or two after. Turn one is coming and you’re on track. ‘Cold tires’ you remind yourself. The corners go slowly, you get to downshift once or twice with the carbon paddles. If a Saturn V rocket needed to downshift at any point, I imagine this is how it would do it. Then the back straight beckons. May as well see how fast it goes. ‘Very’, is the G57-P2’s response. The industrial-sounding yet lightning-quick gear changes flash by with no discernible hesitation on the car’s part, pushing you well past the fastest you’ve ever been in a car before.

Quicker than you’d thought possible, some braking is required. You brake conservatively well before the 100m marker, and you’re basically stopped before the turn in. Navigating the corner is simple enough, and then you accelerate out, fighting some fantastically controllable power oversteer. Another tight corner follows, before you start rapidly approaching the supposedly flat out left sweeper. You’ve been told it’s flat out, so you go for it. Easy. Why were you ever concerned, you begin to think. You could have easily ridden around the outside of that corner at full-speed, thanks to the incredible downforce. Your first lap in a prototype hasn’t resulted in a crash, and in fact you’ve gained considerable confidence. This might just be doable, you think.

By the end of your first session, you’ve befriended the Ginetta. There’s an understanding between you and it, one whose goal is the fastest lap time, the highest speeds. You’re confident hanging the tail out on corner exit, confident pushing the braking zone just a little deeper each lap. The grip means you’re not scared to carry more speed, and the responsiveness means you’re not worried to overdo it slightly with power application. This is the magic of the G57-P2. Unlike some of the more primitive racing cars, the Ginetta wants you to feel at home. After all, that’s the best way to win races.

This is how my first day driving a prototype went. I had only driven a 1999 Mazda Miata before then, and had never been more anxious to face a challenge. I suspect all those around me and the team were nervous to have put an inexperienced 16-year-old in their prototype, too. If I had been driving anything other than a G57-P2, it’s likely that day would have not gone nearly as well. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the Ginetta wants you to feel comfortable. It actively helps you to drive, to feel like you can get the best out of what is one of the fastest cars out there. If you think you can’t handle driving it, think again. The satisfaction you’ll get from conquering the G57-P2 is worth the initial nerves, and you’ll likely find yourself massively hooked."

Ginetta Livery Competition - We have a winner

Ginetta Livery Competition - We have a winner

As the Autosport International Show drew ever closer, we decided to give our factory G40, G55 and G57-P2 a livery facelift before they took pride of place on our stand (6430) at Birmingham’s NEC.

With our design squad engrossed in the creation of the new LMP1 car, we decided to offer Ginetta supporters the chance to get involved. We asked you to submit a brand new livery that could be translated across our entire car range – and you didn’t disappoint.

Those of you familiar with our range will appreciate that there are some significant differences between our cars – there’s not much that a G40 and a G57-P2 have in common – and it was a real challenge to design a concept that would work on all three of our platforms.

Thank you to everyone who entered, we received stacks of fantastic designs, from the subtle to the real ‘out there’ concepts. We were consistently impressed with the quality and imagination of the work that was sent in.

Special mentions go to Jake Smith, who stunned us by also submitting some beautiful 3D renders of the G55; to Graham Eastes, who was Ruth's favourite throughout; and to Hilary Needham, who took the initiative to send us a separate design for the G57-P2.

Design Competition Collage

However, there can be only one winner. After lengthy discussions (and the occasional raised voice) we finally settled on a livery that we think will work brilliantly across the whole range of Ginetta cars.

So, without further ado, we’re delighted to announce the winning design was submitted by Tim Holmes from Halifax. The livery guys have already (nearly) completed one G55 based on the image at the top of this page and work is underway on the remaining cars to get them ready in time for our appearance at Autosport Show next week. We'll be there every day from Thursday to Sunday, so please pop by the stand to take a look. Well done, Tim!

 

 

January 07, 2017 by Ruth Harrison
Autosport International 2017

Autosport International 2017

This time next week we plan to be surrounded by mountains of wrapping paper, dressed in our new slippers and eating our third Terry’s Chocolate Orange. If however, you are still to finish your Christmas shopping then panic not, as we have a solution.

Ginetta will be heading to Autosport International, Europe’s biggest motorsport show on 12th – 15th January 2017 (12th & 13th Trade Days), at the NEC Birmingham and there’s still time to bag yourself some tickets. Clear your schedules and join us for the pre-season motorsport event.

Enjoy a passenger ride in a Ginetta G40 courtesy of our fantastic Adrenaline Zone drift arena, meet some of the biggest names in motorsport and see high octane stunts and precision driving in the Live Action Arena.  

A packed weekend of action sees Williams Martini Racing return for a second consecutive year and will be presenting a new and exciting feature that celebrates four decades of Britain’s most successful Formula One team. They  will be taking over the Autosport Stage and showcasing four legendary cars that have shaped the team over 40 years.

See driver interviews and appearances throughout the show from your favourite drivers in different racing categories, with a host of names already announced. Our friends from the BTCC Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan and Colin Turkington all plan to be at the show.

Three-time Le Mans winner and ex-Formula 1 driver Allan McNish will also be in attendance. More and more stars are being added from now until the show so keep an eye out and watch this space.

David Croft, Sky Sports F1 commentator will again host The Live Action Arena, which is the place to see high octane stunts and exhilarating wheel-to-wheel racing. The hour long performance will leave the audience sitting on the edge of their seat with gripping racing action and stunts. Oh, and did we mention Ginetta will have a starring role in there too?

Not only will you be able to see all of this but there are a whole host of things to whet your appetite at the show in January. From Dunlop BTCC to Wales Rally GB, and new for 2017, the F1 Racing Feature in addition to modern F1 machinery will include different racing series represented in a unique way. See Formula 1, Formula E, BTCC and Le Mans come together, plus access to the Performance Car Show where you can see a full array of supercars, hypercars and performance cars.

Book your places at Autosport International now: www.autosportinternational.com

December 17, 2016 by Ruth Harrison
Sideways into the New Year - Ice Driving Experience Offer

Sideways into the New Year - Ice Driving Experience Offer

Here at Ginetta towers, we’ve been getting into the Christmas spirit and have teamed up with our friends at Ice Driver to offer you a superb opportunity to experience a brand new driving course in Norway.

The awesome Ice Driver collective over in Geilo, Norway, will provide accommodation in the Vestlia Ski Resort as well as food and transfers to the hotel from the station and Motorsport Centre. You’ll be accompanied by a team of highly experienced Ice Driver instructors as you pilot cars around frozen ice lakes in the middle of the most stunning Norwegian mountains.

For more information, check out www.icedriver.com or call Alison for availability and further information on +44 (0) 7495 605839. Quote ICEGIN17 at the time of booking to receive a 10% discount on all their packages.

 

24 Hours for Charity

Post Race Update: our intrepid charity racers completed the 24hrs intact, finishing in 8th place overall and raising over £2,600 for Children in Need in the process.  Well done, guys.

 

Just because the UK circuit season has come to an end, don’t expect our drivers to hang up their racing boots until 2017. Four Ginetta GRDC+ drivers - Colin Plumb, Adrian Campbell-Smith, Mike Jarvis and Paul Garstang – have formed a team for a one-off, 24-hour endurance race with a difference.

Our self-titled ‘Wacky Race-rs’ will be raising funds for Children in Need by competing as part of a ten-car grid at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida. Unlike their usual driving, however, this race will take place entirely within the confines of a digital simulator.

The event takes place at The Race Centre in Southampton, running from the morning of Friday 18th November through to the afternoon of Saturday 19th November 2016, and aims to add a further £15,000 to the more than £50,000 raised since its first outing.

Those who have been involved before will know that this is a very popular contest, with some strong teams participating including the Maurussia Virgin Racing F1 team.

The entire cost of the actual event is covered directly by The Race Centre and the participating teams, which ensures that all donations go to Children in Need.

Our GRDC+ drivers have extended an invitation to anyone who would like to come down and see the race first hand, so if you’re one of them, head to The Race Centre and say hello. If you’d prefer to donate digitally then you’ll find their JustGiving page here.

November 16, 2016 by Paul Zwicky-Ross
Week Two - We Are Ginetta vs. Movember

Week Two - We Are Ginetta vs. Movember

We are nine days into the Movember challenge here at HQ and it’s ‘so far, so good’ as we near the halfway point. We have staff growing moustaches, our BTCC front of house girl attempting to conquer 1958 kettle bell squats and Ruth and Lo from our PR and Championships team attempting to run 800m around the Talk Radio studio in the quickest time possible.

Below is how they have been getting on, but first, we are really keen to expand our We Are Ginetta Movember team, so if you are doing ANYTHING to raise money this month, drop us a line via pr[AT]Ginetta.com or donate to this fantastic cause at the following link: http://moteam.co/we-are-ginetta

 

Ginetta Mechanics – Growing the Mo’

Nine days into Movember and the boys are going strong! They are currently in the midst of battling through ‘itchy tash’ and working out how best to eat without having food stuff stuck in their beards.

Samuel is unimpressed with his beard growth this week but at least his face is being kept warm in the snowy weather conditions. Some of the fathers of the group have received ‘complaints’ from the kids due to ‘chin pie scratching’ but it’s all for a good cause.

The competition is tough going, the testosterone has kicked in, beard wax, combs and a variety of oils and potions are being deployed in a bid to conquer Movember.  All in all a great week for facial hair and making the Ginetta workshop incredibly proud.

 

Joanne Sutcliffe – 1958 Challenge

My Movember Challenge is to complete a total of 1958 kettle bell squats, which is around 65 per day. I decided to do more from Monday to Friday to give me rest days over the weekend.

I started out with a strong 110 on November 1st.  This was a mistake. By the end of November 2nd  my legs were like jelly!  With hindsight, I should have started lower and built up the numbers.  I struggled on through another 110 regardless, telling myself it would be easier on day three - wrong!  By November 3rd I could barely walk, and trying to sit down meant I had to hold onto something stable to stop myself dropping like a stone.

In the gym at lunchtime I only managed 90 squats, and had to be encouraged by my colleagues, one of whom joined in to get me through the last 40. It’s slowly become easier though and after a couple of rest days at the weekend (and one cheeky extra day off) I have been back in the gym again and have completed 430 in total, with 1528 still to go.  I’ll be back on it at lunchtime so watch this space…

 

Dash in a Tash – Ruth and Lo

We have been busy training hard for the 800 dash. Lo has the added benefit of having her personal trainer Scout, a massive Samoyed who forces her to walk / job / run at least 5km a day. That’s a stark contrast to myself (Ruth) who walks as far as the Ginetta office coffee machine.

So it’s safe to say Lo is already way ahead of me in the training stakes. She ran as a hobby before, whereas my gym commitments were more ’30 Day Shred’ and various keep fit DVDs, putting me at an instant disadvantage. However, the pair of us are working at Brands Hatch this weekend as part of the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Winter Series, therefore we plan to get our training on track (literally) at the end of each day.

Check back next week for some photo updates of our progress thus far.

Kumeiga Racing - Another Year, Another Championship

Kumeiga Racing - Another Year, Another Championship

Wherever you find endurance racing you'll find Ginetta cars, and Central Europe is no exception.  Repeating their 2015 season success, Kumeiga Racing has once again won the 'Le Series' Central European Endurance Championship with their Ginetta G55, owned and Raced by Chris Zeuner.

We spoke to Chris about the 2016 season and how the team raced to victory once again.

 

"Race 1 was an 8 hour race at Brno Autodrom, which the Ginetta G55 won with relative ease thanks to everything possible running exactly as plan.  Races 2 and 3 were both at Most Audodrom and both 6 hour events.  The car had an easier time than the drivers, as the hot summer caused temperatures in the cockpit to rise to a recorded 53C.  All drivers suffered in such heat as even the drinks system meant that the water we were rehydrating with during the race felt almost too hot to drink (a lesson for us here is to position the bottle a bit further from where the exhausts run!)

Our result in the first 3 races put us P2 in the championship overall, just 2 points behind the leader.  We had to win the final race, or beat them by 2 positions or more to win the overall championship.

And so everything was riding on the final race - 10 hours at Brno Autodrom.  The long track is not dissimilar to Spa Francorchamps with hills, forestry all around and fast, sweeping corners.  During the warm-up lap behind the safety car prior to the 09.00 rolling start, I could not help but notice the remains of the overnight frost on the grass at the edge of the track.  There was no doubt in my mind that the first few corners could be interesting to say the least.

Starting 6th on the grid of 27 cars was not ideal, but as it was the end of the season we knew who would be quick from the outset, who to give a wider berth and who we would have to push to keep up with from the outset.  With 10 hours of racing ahead though, I was fully aware that first lap heroics would not be appreciated.  The end of lap 1 saw us move up to 4th place, and come the first driver change and refuel after 1 hour 30 minutes, we had climbed to 2nd.  I handed the car over to James Chapman and Sebastian Sokol, who alternated driving slots between them for the next 6 hours.

The G55 ran perfectly, the day warmed up and conditions for the drivers and engine were excellent.  With 2.5 hours left to the chequered flag, I found myself back in the car.  Low morning sun had hampered visibility and I faced the same with the evening sun after about 30 minutes of driving. It was a case of head down though, as the Chapman / Sokol duo had handed the car to me in P1 with 6 laps in hand.  A great lead certainly, but as we all know in racing, it isn’t over until you take the chequered flag.

1 hour into my final drive and the safety car came out.  A hurried call chat on the radio signaled an early re-fueling stop under the safety car to allow me to get to the end of the race.  The P2 car follow suit so we left the pits with the same gap in hand.  Darkness fell for the last hour, and believe me, it was real darkness.  The location and trees around the track allow for no ambient light.  The race was ours to lose so I made the decision to let the P2 car go past me as we had a few laps in hand and were content to follow it for the rest of the race, a move that also allowed us to benefit from the light from their headlights.  Team tactics had to prevail ahead of the pride of maintaining the lead.  Despite the P2 car being only a few lengths ahead, lack of visibility and a cold track was still a great challenge – I don’t think I have had to concentrate so hard to keep the car on the track when driving so slowly for a long time!

Our tactics worked however, and the Kumiega Racing Ginetta G55 crossed the line to take the chequered flag P1 once again.  Certainly a great finish to race, but also for the season.  P1 in this race secured our overall victory in the Le Series Central European Endurance Championship for the second year in a row with the Ginetta G55.

A big thank you to Michal Kumiega and his team of engineers, Ginetta in Leeds (particularly Simon) for ensuring spares got to us on time, and to the other drivers – Jeff Alson, Sebastian Sokol, James Chapman and Bartosz Palusko for racing with me over the course of the season.  Looking forward to next year already and all wondering if perhaps next year is the year we should move into a Ginetta G55 GT3… Now where is Ian Fletcher's number?"

 

November 07, 2016 by Paul Zwicky-Ross
Here come the boys – Movember Is GO at Ginetta HQ

Here come the boys – Movember Is GO at Ginetta HQ

The Ginetta boys never shy away from a challenge (or confectionery-based bribery) so when we brought all our leftover ‘Trick or Treat’ goodies into Head Office this morning, convincing them to join our Movember efforts was as simple as taking candy from a baby.

Self-appointed Ginetta ‘mum’ Ruth Gawthorpe rallied the troops in the workshop and although most of them already have some facial hair, no fewer than eight Ginetta superstars have committed not to shave or trim their beards again until December 1st. Nik Gawthorpe, Sam Stanton, John Stanton, Mark Webber, Sam Williams, Geoff Falconar, Sam Dolby and Ayrton Todd – we salute you!

You don’t have to grow the mo to save a bro though. There are plenty of people taking part in the ‘Move For Movember’ efforts. LNT Group CEO Matt Lowe, LNT Software MD Leigh Ellis and LNT Construction Planning Manager Jo Sutcliffe are each taking part in a 1958 challenge, in celebration of the year Ginetta was founded.

Not only that, but we have real-life radio and telly SUPERSTAR Andy Jaye on the cusp of joining our team, we reckon a bit of a beard and he’ll look just like a young Gandalf – who wouldn’t want that to their name?

Don’t be a stranger, join our team or simply make a donation here: http://moteam.co/we-are-ginetta