For the first time in several years a Ginetta will appear on the Intelligent Money British GT4 Championship grid with Assetto Motorsport entering a new Ginetta G56 GT4.
The car will be driven by Mark Sansom with Ginetta factory driver, Charlie Robertson and will mark a return to the grid for Ginetta since HHC Motorsport and Team Hard each ran G55 GT4s in 2018.
The G56 replaces the G55 which proved a popular and competitive car during it’s time in the championship taking 75 GT4 victories between 2008 and 2018.
Assetto Motorsport have plenty of experience with Ginetta and specialises in Ginetta race car preparation and has won the G40 Cup title in 2018 and 2019.
Mark Sansom also continues with Ginetta having spent the last two seasons racing in the G40 Cup.
“I’m thrilled at the prospect of contesting British GT in the Assetto Motorsport Ginetta G56,” he said. “After a couple of seasons in close and competitive Ginetta racing, I feel ready to make the step up. And having undertaken that journey with the tremendous and supportive teams at both Assetto and Ginetta, this is the dream way of moving up to top-level GT racing.
“I’m also delighted to be partnering Ginetta factory driver and LMP1 Le Mans racer Charlie Robertson. No-one knows the new Ginetta better than Charlie and he is of course massively quick, so I’ll be learning all I can from him and giving it absolutely everything to ensure we form a strong pairing. I can’t wait to get going.”
Despite his wealth of experience elsewhere, Charlie Robertson has made relatively few appearances in British GT and none in the GT4 category.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Mark and Assetto Motorsport as they both make the step up into endurance racing,” he said. “I worked with the team last season, have also tested with them and the G56 this year, and have no doubt that we will be a force to be reckoned with. British GT is the perfect platform to build from and show what the Ginetta G56 can do.”
Assetto Motorsport’s Jim Edwards added: “It’s incredibly exciting knowing we’re all set to race in British GT this season. This is what we have aspired to since Simon Traves and I started Assetto Motorsport just three years ago. We have had success in recent seasons in the Ginetta G40 Cup, winning two overall titles in consecutive years as well as class victories in the Ginetta Supercup.
“This association with Ginetta is hugely important to us as it provides a ladder of progression all the way from our existing Ginetta Junior, G40 Cup, GT Academy and GT4 Supercup programmes through to the pinnacle of British GT. With Mark, we have a driver who has shown an impressive turn of speed, who is utterly determined and committed to fulfilling his potential and I know just how excited he is to begin driving alongside Charlie.”
Up to 4,000 spectators can attend Brands Hatch next Saturday and Sunday but fans must purchase tickets in advance via brandshatch.co.uk to guarantee their admission. Several covid protocols and restrictions – including a closed paddock – will remain in place until at least June 21 when the UK government is due to end all lockdown measures.
Images by Assetto Motorsport.
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