2020 Season Review: Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge

The battle for supremacy in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge went down to the  very last lap of the season in 2020, and when all was said done it was Josh Malin that prevailed as champion.

Armed with an ultra-competitive grid and renowned for producing wheel-to-wheel entertainment, the one-make series strengthened its reputation as one of the best proving grounds for budding GT drivers.

Open to drivers of all ages and experience, the GT5 Challenge took centre stage on both the British Touring Car Championship and British GT Championship support packages.

In what proved to be a vintage year for the championship, four drivers came to the fore over the course of the season to battle for outright honours: Malin, James Taylor, Gordie Mutch and Jonny Wilkinson.

Oulton Park played host to the season-opener and it would see Malin, Wilkinson and Taylor share the spoils. That theme would continue between those three, with the addition of the emerging Mutch, throughout the remainder of the season as they dazzled fans at almost every turn.

As the business end of the season came into view, the fight for top spot soon came down to Richardson Racing’s Malin and Elite Motorsport’s Taylor.

Separated by just seven points heading into the final event of the year at Silverstone, the duelling title protagonists served up a finale that will live long in the memory as Taylor grabbed the advantage by storming to a crucial victory in race one. 

Malin went into last race of the season with a one point deficit to Taylor, however he edged out his rival in a thrilling winner-takes-all finale to secure his first Ginetta title by the smallest of margins.

Whilst Malin was crowned champion in the Pro class, Ian Duggan reigned supreme in the Am category to lift the coveted title.

The Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge looks set to grow in stature even further in 2021 as it combines grids with the Ginetta G40 Cup.