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!”

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

A Cuppa Tea With... Phil McGarty

A Cuppa Tea With... Phil McGarty

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the biggest characters in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, the one and only Phil McGarty.

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

PM: I have Hollyoaks on record on TV.

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

PM: I think Tom Cruise with Cuban heels could play me. In fact I think I could play him if I was needed to.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

PM: The most exiting person to follow me has got to be a little lass from Yorkshire called Ruth Harrison.

G: That’s the third person to say that now, I’m getting an ego.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PM: Pre-race I prefer just to sit on my own in the car when we get to the holding area.

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

PM: The hairiest moment behind the wheel has got to be when I ran out of talent coming in to Paddock Hill Bend at Brands Hatch. The transmission locked and my car span, missing the barrier by inches – I was lucky.

 

A Cuppa Tea With... Jack Oliphant

A Cuppa Tea With... Jack Oliphant

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the youngest ever members of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, university student Jack Olipant. (Yes, he is the younger brother of real-life Ginetta GT4 SuperCup Champion 2015).

 

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

JO: Unfortunately I don't get to record much because my dad might miss 10 mins of his precious Tour de France or something! However, if I did get to record stuff, it'd have to be Dr Who followed by Match of the Day. Mainly to see Sunderland lose and Newcastle won't be on it anymore.

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

JO: My mates used to say I look like Jonah Hill when he was in Superbad, which I thought was a bit harsh (No offence to Jonah). I choose to believe it was because of the curly hair.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

JO: If you’re going off the number of followers they have, I'd unfortunately have to say my brother Tom. But if you’re going off people of actual interest then I'd say Chris McDermott and Bobby White who both played Handball (my main sport) in the Olympics 2012.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

JO: Not really specific rituals or routines, although I should probably start, considering my erratic performances this year.

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

JO: This is actually a long story so I apologise. I have about three, but my main one was when I was 12 or 13 and racing a Raket Kart. I had just qualified out of Novice and it was my first proper qualified race weekend. Halfway through a race I went to overtake a kart - which was breaking down - over the start Finish straight at Whilton Mill.

As I went to pass it around the outside, he decided to pull off by pulling across the racing line! His front wheel hit my back wheel and I ended up barrel rolling my kart on the grass right in front of all the spectators (including my Mum, Dad and Brother) and ended up about 10ft away from my kart lying on the grass not knowing what on earth had just happened. The first thing I remember was my Mum shouting 'He's never racing again!' Which, evidently, was incorrect.

A Cuppa Tea With.... Guy Redwood

A Cuppa Tea With.... Guy Redwood

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the founding members of the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. His passion for motorsport and enthusiasm for the Ginetta brand is second to none. To top it off, the only time he’s seen without an eye-poppingly bright shirt is when he’s wearing a race suit – meet Guy Redwood.

 

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

GR: Obviously the live coverage of the Ginetta GT5 Challenge races so I can watch it all again on Sunday night as soon as I get home! Also Suits – I think Harvey Specter would make a great driver coach with lines like “I'm not about caring, I'm about winning” as well as “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.”

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

GR: Guy Martin – We have a very similar outlook on life and I think he’d enjoy wearing my shirts.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

GR: Most exciting racer that follows me would be @Tom_Oliphant. Almost every one of his races has me sat on the edge of my seat, shouting at the TV screen when Tom’s doing his thing.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

GR: A can of Red Bull just before we head out to the holding area. I also aim to drive the track twice in my head whilst sat waiting before a race. Although I’m easily distracted and rarely make it half way round!

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

GR: I once did the unthinkable and lifted off the throttle mid-corner at Westfield on Brands Hatch GP circuit. The back stepped out and rapidly ended up on the green stuff. Lesson learnt: never lift mid-corner on the brow of a hill.

A Cuppa Tea With.... Fraser Robertson

A Cuppa Tea With.... Fraser Robertson

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to one of the biggest characters in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup paddock. He never fails to bring a smile to our faces at a wet and windy race track. Our very own Kylie because he loves ‘spinning around’ quite literally, it’s Fraser Robertson.

 

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

FR: nothing at all!

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

FR: Me! I’m not dead yet and I’m an incredible actor. Wait, will I get paid?

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

FR: What’s Twitter?

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

FR: Yes. Usually I like to get in the car.

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

FR: Setting my 996 on fire at Shell Island Bend (Oulton Park) and trying to get back to the pits. I only made it to Lodge Corner before the marshals put me out.

 

 

A Cuppa Tea With.... Jonny Hadfield

A Cuppa Tea With.... Jonny Hadfield

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to a driver who has grown up as part of the Ginetta family. He cut his teeth in Juniors then moved onto the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, setting up his own team with big brother (and on track rival) Ryan. Its Jonny Hadfield from R & J Motorsport.

 

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

RH: Motorsport!

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

RH: Me because I would love to do it all again

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

RH: Ruth Harrison 😂😂

G: You’re not the first person to say that…. #teacherspet

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

RH: A quick visit to the little boys room.

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

RH: Spa Francorchamps in 2016! I almost went over backwards! Second to that was getting fully sideways at Thruxton in the rain!

A Cuppa Tea With... Richard Smith

A Cuppa Tea With... Richard Smith

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to Richard Smith one of our Ginetta Racing Drivers Club Plus racers.

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

RS: Emmerdale of course… (A love of all things Yorkshire!)

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

RS: Daniel Craig (Obviously!)

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

RS: Paul Cummins MBE (He’s a friend.. does that count?)

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

RS: Carry a ‘lucky’ penny in my race overalls!

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

RS: Turning in to Hawthorn’s ‘fully lit’ on a wet Brands GP practice and being blinded from the spray of an overtaking, quicker car!

A CUPPA TEA WITH.... PHIL INGRAM

A CUPPA TEA WITH.... PHIL INGRAM

Here at Ginetta towers, we get lots of praise for our superb racing drivers and the endless laps of entertainment they provide. Yet, you – the public – often don’t get to find out what’s going on under those race suits and helmets. Okay, so it’s usually fireproof underwear, but what about the drivers themselves, what makes them tick?

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve sat our drivers down to ask them a couple of questions which should give you an insight into their lives. Or just entertain you for a minute.

This week, we’ve been chatting to Phil Ingram. He’s currently racing (and mostly winning) in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club. If you like what you see, he’s also writing a blog for the guys over at want2race.

Ginetta: What do you have to set to ‘record’ on your TV when you’re away racing?

Phil Ingram: Great British Bake Off.

 

G: Who would play you in a film about your life?

PI: Cookie Monster.

 

G: Who’s the most exciting person that follows you on Twitter?

PI: My wife. (Of course!)

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PI: Close my eyes and whisper; "I am speed." It worked for Lightning McQueen!

 

G: What’s been the hairiest moment behind the wheel of a race car or go-kart?

PI: Hmmm, too many…. A couple of examples are rolling a kart at Buckmore Park Cafe Curve, heading towards the tyre wall at Brands Hatch Paddock Hill Bend and hitting a family of wild boar at 118mph in a prototype super car!

Win A Track Day Experience With Ginetta Cars

Win A Track Day Experience With Ginetta Cars

In celebration of our successful Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, we are giving one ambitious racing driver the opportunity to win a track day in a Ginetta G40 Club car, complete with expert tuition from a top driver coach.

Our road legal racing car is proving increasingly popular with track day regulars wanting to try their hand at ‘proper’ racing as well as motoring enthusiasts looking to tick ‘become a racing driver’ off their bucket list. Yet, you wouldn’t sign up to anything without a good old fashioned ‘try before you buy’ would you, so why not join us and try it out?

You may reckon you’re a Lewis Hamilton in the making, but getting behind the wheel of our Ginetta G40 will push your driving limits to the max. You’ll learn from the very best as you tackle one of the UK’s finest circuits during a trio of 20 minute driving sessions, worth £360.

You don’t need any prior racing experience to be in with a chance of winning, just a valid UK driving licence and a desire to have fun. The prize draw runs from today until 26 August and can be entered free of charge by answering the question below and telling us where and when you’d like to join us.

 

The all-important qualifying question;

In addition to your ARDS racing licence package, road tax, pair of track days with tuition and all the other little extras you get when you buy a Ginetta G40 Club Car, how many fully supported race weekends on the British GT package do you get?

  1. None – are you crackers, you’ve given me so much already!
  2. Two – we love a day out from time to time.
  3. Four – wow, I’ll be a fully-fledged racing driver in no time.

A little bird told us, you can probably find the answer somewhere on this page.

 

Track days available are;

  • 30 August at Brands Hatch
  • 27 September at Brands Hatch
  • 3 October at Silverstone

 

Once you have decided which date you’d prefer, simply click here to enter your details.  Our fingers are already crossed for you.

The perfect way for amateurs to test their mettle at racing, our all-inclusive Ginetta Racing Drivers' Club package is designed specifically for the first-time racing driver. Alongside fellow Club members, we equip our GRDC drivers with all they need to get racing each other in our four round UK series in their very own, road-legal, G40 Club Car.