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

We Are Ginetta - Prepare To Mo' Tomorrow

We Are Ginetta - Prepare To Mo' Tomorrow

The LNT Group will kick off their 2017 Movember efforts tomorrow morning and below are three examples of ways in which we will be raising both money and awareness for the charity.

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 and / or join the team at the following link: http://moteam.co/we-are-ginetta

 

Leigh Ellis, Director of LNT Software.

I'll get the ball rolling (no pun intended) as part of the LNT Group efforts. I’ve previously grown the facial fuzz, but this year I’m going to be a part of the Move for Movember campaign.

Considering I haven't been in the gym for about a year, it’s about time I got myself back in the game. With that in mind, I’m signing myself up for a 1958 challenge to celebrate the year Ginetta was founded, and will do 1,958 push ups in November! Watch this space.

 

Matt Lowe, LNT Group CEO.

Bringing the fight to Ellis is our group CEO Matt Lowe. He’s never one to shy away from a challenge and gets involved in every single one of the Group’s fundraising activities. The Group motivator has put his money where his mouth is this Movember and has pledged to ascend 1,958m on his bike. That is the equivalent of climbing Scafell Pike twice!

He said of his efforts; “ I’ll be burning lots of calories so, as usual, all confectionary donations also gratefully received...” – standard Lowe.

 

Ruth Harrison, Ginetta PR & Marketing Executive

My father recently overcame prostate cancer, so to raise money for Movember, I’ve roped in my BFF Lo Parsons to launch ‘Operation Dash In A Tash’.

Together, we have set a benchmark time for how long it takes us to run 800m and will be training throughout November to improve our fitness levels before we try to beat our benchmarks LIVE on Talk Radio with our celebrity bezzi M, Andy Jaye.

 

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.

 

Move For Movember. Operation Dash In A Tash Is GO!

Move For Movember. Operation Dash In A Tash Is GO!

As Ginetta HQ prepares for Movember, we have seen our first ‘move for Movember’ challenge get underway. Our PR & Marketing Executive Ruth Harrison has challenged herself to complete laps of the Talk Radio studio (read on for a sensible explanation) as part of team We Are Ginetta. Below, she explains….

Given my inability to grow any form of facial hair worth writing about, I contacted my buddy Andy Jaye at Talk Radio to ask if he would be up for setting me a ‘Move for Movember’ challenge, which we could co-promote using the power of the airwaves.

He came up with the idea of me taking on an 800m running challenge which involved in completing said distance in as short a time possible. We agreed to set a benchmark time prior to the start of November, and then see how I was getting on mid-November.

To make things interesting, we decided to make the 800m sprint into a challenge. Ginetta vs. The Motor Show. I would be representing Ginetta whilst Lo Parsons, our very own ‘weekend warrior’ who works as Championship Assistant during BTCC events would represent The Motor Show.

Adding an extra level of competition were our newly recruited ‘personal trainers’ -  I managed to rope in multiple Ginetta Champion and Sir Chris Hoy’s ELMS winning teammate from 2015, Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson, whilst Lo would be trained by Richard Jones from the Ord Academy in Godalming, Personal Trainer of the Year 2015.

So, Sunday 16 October was the day we set our benchmark time. On our way to Donington Park – the venue for Day One - both myself and Lo decided it would be a good charity challenge, but we wouldn’t go ‘mad’ on trying to become Mo Farrah. That was until we set our times.

Now, when I saw the course, I’ll admit, I thought “easy”. I’ve been doing Gillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred for a good year now and I feel fairly fit. How wrong I was. 800m took me a colossal 4m 14s, with Lo only doing marginally better with a 3m 43s effort – and after it, we had to stop for a coffee and some cake.

So, on the way home, we made a pact to take this ‘really, flipping seriously’ and make sure to improve our own personal fitness. What we had entered into thinking would be ‘a bit of a laugh; suddenly got serious. So much so that two training sessions in 24 hours later and I’ve got some pretty big blisters on my feet.

I popped into the gym today and managed to ‘cover’ – I say cover, as it was a mix of running and power walking – 3km in 25 minutes exactly. A worse ratio than my benchmark efforts, but I’ll be blogging whether or not I actually managed to bring that number down over the course of the challenge.

So, if you were thinking about joining us for Movember, whether it be as a tache’ grower or a fitness fiend, do share your efforts with us so we can share in shouting about our progress.

Join our Movember team (or make a donation) by clicking here.

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Need You For The Ginetta Movember Crew

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Need You For The Ginetta Movember Crew

“The state of men’s health is in crisis. Men experience worse longer-term health than women and die on average six years earlier. Prostate cancer rates will double in the next 15 years. Testicular cancer rates have already doubled in the last 50. Three quarters of suicides are men. Poor mental health leads to half a million men taking their own life every year. That’s one every minute.

 

The Movember Foundation is uniquely placed to address the crisis at a global level. We’re funding ground-breaking programmes all over the world, engaging with men where they are, to understand what works best, to help make change happen sooner.” - The Movember Foundation.

 

Throughout the month of November people unite to raise money for The Movember Foundation. Ginetta plan to use the power of our motorsport family and the racing community to raise awareness of this cause, and we need YOU to help us.

We’ve set up a We Are Ginetta Movember team (click here to view and join) and whether you work at the LNT Group, are a Ginetta racing driver or team boss, a motorsport fan, social media follower or just a friend of the family, we would like to invite you to join our team and raise some awareness and (hopefully) some funds.

Fancy it? Read on my friend…                          

Back in the days when Ginetta was just a glint in the Walklett brothers’ eyes, November used to be all about Bonfire Night, toffee apples and sifting through the remnants of Trick or Treat swag. Times have changed though, and these days, November means embracing that facial fuzz, ditching the Gillette and turning into a bearded God, all for the good cause that is Movember.

Granted, not everyone wants to look like Alan from The Hangover. So for those of you who aren’t sold on the idea of fashioning a chin curtain, why not join in our ‘Move For Movember’ challenges? Three cups of green tea and a packet of Hobnobs later and we’ve come up with some ideas based on Ginetta’s birth year, 1958.

We Are Ginetta Mo Massive Bright Ideas:

  • Grow your mo – moustache / beard
  • Grow your fro – don’t have a haircut for a month. Ooh, curveball
  • 1,958 sit ups / press ups / pull ups / squats in the gym
  • 1,958 lengths of an Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Climb a hill 1,958ft high
  • 1,958 jump ropes

Getting fit for a good cause? Yes please.

 

As you know, we are big on shouting about the awesome clan that is the Ginetta family. So we really, really want  to blog about everyone’s efforts throughout the month. If you’re on board, please keep us up to date with your beardy progress and plenty of selfies if you’re taking part in the fitness challenges. You can get in touch via pr[at]ginetta.com or on any of our social media handles.

Make sure you share the excitement with all your friends and family too, the more the merrier as there’s plenty of Mo Magic to go around.

Let's get this Mo on the road.

October 14, 2016 by Ruth Harrison
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.

Driver's Eye View - Magny Cours in the G57

The storied Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in central France played host to the latest round of the V de V Championship last weekend and saw a Ginetta G57-P2 win from pole in the hands of Ginetta boss, Lawrence Tomlinson and works-driver, Mike Simpson.

In its GP Circuit configuration the track measures 2.7 miles and the lap record for the 17-turn circuit is still held by the legendary Michael Schumacher, who covered it in 1:15.38 in his Ferrari F2004.

Our man Simpson left the competition trailing with a 1:32.18 last weekend, and we have the onboard footage to show how he did it.  Let him know what you think at @MikeSimpsonP1.

P.S. he'll be irritated that we told you Schumacher was faster...

 

October 12, 2016 by Paul Zwicky-Ross
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.