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?

 


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

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.

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.... 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... PETER SMITH

A CUPPA TEA WITH... PETER 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 behind the scenes.

So, because we love nothing more than a good chatter over a mug of Yorkshire Tea and some custard creams, we’ve been chatting to various folks around Ginetta HQ to find out what makes them tick. Here we with down with our Chief Design and Development Engineer Pete Smith.

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

PS: All racing that is on, Professor Brian Cox, Masterchef, Eden and health food programs such as Food Unwrapped!

 

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

PS: Guy Martin.

 

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

PS: Sir Chris Hoy but don’t use Twitter that much.

 

G: Do you have any pre-race rituals?

PS: Pre-race is normally a grid photo which includes a stupid face and generally a lunge or two. During the race Stephan and I have a ritual of eating a Dutch Stroopwafel but we think there is a possibility it may be more of a curse and increases dental bills.

 

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

PS: 2012 Joest Racing Christmas kart race. I was P2 and decided T1 was flat if I had the line right. On the following lap I realised I had the line wrong but for some reason stayed flat. I hit and mounted a wall hard, hurt all my ribs and lost quite a few places but still finished second overall. 

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!