Throwback Thursday - Ginetta 1997

Remember when your mum used to show you old photos of ‘back in the day’? Well luckily for us, when Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge Morgan Quinn and his mum Clare were flicking through their family album, they only went and spotted this little beauty.

Here’s a photo of Morgan’s dad David racing at Donington Park back in July of 1996 and look what they spotted in the background; only the old Ginetta race centre. Needless to say, we’re glad our hospitality has improved since the 1990’s, although we wonder if those nice white planters are still knocking about.


Throwback Thursday – Paul O’Neill vs. Ginetta G40

Throwback Thursday – Paul O’Neill vs. Ginetta G40

As you can imagine, the archive cupboard at Ginetta towers is a lot like Aladdin’s cave. Yesterday, when we had finished watching the LMP1 Wind Tunnel Video over and over again, we decided to give our eyeballs a rest, grab a cup of Yorkshire Tea and have a poke around some of our coverage files from years gone by.


Imagine our surprise when we found one half of everyone’s favourite ITV Sport commentary duo staring back at us from a 2010 page of Motorsport News. It was only real-life racing river Paul O’Neill. Now, our good friend Owy never misses a trick when it comes to taking the Mickey out of his nearest and dearest, so first and foremost our eye was drawn to his rather serious-looking headshot, which we’ve helpfully zoomed in to for your viewing pleasure here.

Jokes aside, we were delighted to see that Ginetta G40 was still absolutely bang on the money in terms of ‘smiles per mile’ back in 2010 as it does today. We can’t quite believe it’s been seven whole years since this test day, but we reckon if we got Paul back behind the wheel of a G40 he would still love it.


Speaking of which , how do you guys think he’d get on in one of the Ginetta Junior races he loves so dearly?


Sponsorship: Ginetta proved the perfect fit for Gorilla Socks

Sponsorship: Ginetta proved the perfect fit for Gorilla Socks

Here at Ginetta towers we realise that for many of our drivers, sponsorship is key to setting their racing career in motion. We often get asked about what’s ‘in it’ for sponsors, so we decided to track one down and find out for ourselves.

It was a tough call to decide who to speak to. Luckily for us, the decision was made after seeing Gorilla Socks emblazoned on James Townsend’s Ginetta Racing Drivers Club car at Rockingham. We had to know more.

We got in touch with Gavin Kamara, Chief Sock Officer at Gorilla Socks and asked him to tell us more about the brand, and why the GRDC proved a fantastic marketing outlet for his products.

“Back in November 2016 when we launched Gorilla-Socks we were approached by James Townsend of Townsend Racing to provide some cool, colourful bamboo fibre socks for his maiden year in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club with one catch – they had to be fire retardant! Unfortunately, we were unable to make fireproof socks but we were excited by the prospect to get involved with James and such a renowned British brand as Ginetta.

We are working with some high-performance athletes in the PGA and NFL and saw James as a great fit. He appreciated what we are doing to support gorilla conservation (hence Gorilla Socks!) through our partnership with The Dian Fossey Fund and wanted to help raise our profile through his racing – donating some space for our logo on his Ginetta G40! We donate proceeds from every pair of socks to the Fossey Fund so this increased exposure is a real help.    

So why do we use bamboo fibre for our socks? Aside from being the most eco-friendly and fastest growing plant on the planet, bamboo uses 1/3 of the amount of water required by cotton. The fibre is luxuriously soft, yet stronger than cotton and it’s thermoregulating – keeping you cool in summer and warm in winter! Check out our homepage for more benefits.

We would like to wish James and all the other drivers the best of luck this season!”

If you thought our GT3 car was cool, wait until you see it in hill climb mode.

If you thought our GT3 car was cool, wait until you see it in hill climb mode.

The Ginetta G55 GT3 car is a regular on the British GT grid, but when José Antonio Aznar told us he wanted one to go hillclimbing, we couldn’t help but get a little bit excited. Quite right we were too, as he’s only gone and picked up a podium on his debut!

Taking on the Ubrique Benaocaz hillclimb is no mean feat, however, it seems to be a favourite of the Ginetta, with Mike Anderson having taken on the challenge just a few years ago. José got to grips with the car quickly, finding that with a front engine and very efficient aerodynamics it asked asks for a driving style totally different from his previous machine.

Although he didn’t get much running on Saturday due to several on-track incidents, José went into his second ever run on the course and set a time worthy of fourth place. The next day – and feeling rather confident - José improved his previous time by more than four seconds to cross the finish line with a great 2:26.317 lap, putting him second and just a second behind the leader.

Finishing third by the end of the weekend, José is feeling confident in the huge potential of the car. He hopes to prove the G55 GT3 as a very competitive hill climber and the ideal weapon to fight for the Spanish Championship.  Next step on this mission is at Falperra at the beginning of May and where he will arrive leading the overall classification of Category 3.

April 26, 2017 by Ruth Harrison
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!


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,

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:

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 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.