Ginetta recruit Driving Standards Representatives for 2022 season

Ginetta has announced that it has recruited Tom Onslow-Cole, Jonny Kane and Thomas Erdos as its Driving Standards Representatives for the 2022 season.

Boasting a wealth of motorsport experience between them, the trio will be present at race events throughout the season with the aim of ensuring fair and competitive racing across Ginetta’s quartet of domestic championships. 

One Driving Standards Representative will be in attendance at each Ginetta race weekend to work directly with the Clerk of the Course and Ginetta. 

Working on all judicial procedures for breaches of the regulations regarding driving standards and driver conduct on and off track, the representative will utilise their racing experience and knowledge to assist in creating a transparent and consistent process for the application of penalties.

Ginetta’s four domestic championships this year are the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge and Ginetta GT Academy. 

Steph Bush, Ginetta Championships Manager, said: “This is an exciting new development for Ginetta and one that we are proud to be implementing. We feel it is vital to have a clear and consistent approach to managing driving standards and the judicial processes across our championships.

“Our driving standards representatives have a wealth of experience and will be a great asset to our team and the Clerk of the Course, as well as to the drivers and teams who should benefit from a clearer understanding of the consequences of breaching driving standards.

“Ginetta bring a lot of new drivers into British motorsport every season, many of whom go on to race in different categories in the UK and abroad, so we feel it is important to try and promote the highest driving standards possible for them to carry through their racing careers.”

Ginetta stars in latest episode of BBC Top Gear

Ginetta took on a starring in the latest episode of the BBC’s leading motoring programme, Top Gear. 

Broadcast on BBC One on Sunday 5th December, the fourth episode of Series 31 saw presenter Freddie Flintoff hone his skills as a racing driver as part of Ginetta’s renowned driver development programme. 

Ginetta were chosen to feature on the global hit show due to the Yorkshire manufacturer’s distinguished reputation for developing talented racing drivers, and how its unrivalled motorsport ladder provides accessible motorsport for drivers of all ages and experience.

Flintoff undertook bespoke simulator training at Ginetta’s in-house facility SimTrack Driver Performance Centre, before enjoying two days of on-track testing at Blyton Park in Lincolnshire with expert tuition from Ginetta factory driver Mike Simpson.

The England international cricketer turned television presenter then got to grips with 270bhp Ginetta G56 GTA, which has proven to be a smash-hit in the new-for-2021 Ginetta GT Academy. 

Flintoff’s learning curve culminated in his first ever competitive race in the GT Cup at Snetterton as he piloted a Ginetta G55 GT4 alongside fellow presenter Chris Harris.

Mike Simon, Ginetta Factory Driver, said: “At Ginetta, we pride ourselves in being able to take people that have never been in a race car before and develop them into successful racing drivers, so it’s fantastic to be able to highlight what we do to a global audience on Top Gear. 

“It was a great experience working with Freddie [Flintoff]. He was completely new to motorsport, but came in with the levels of focus, dedication and determination to improve that you would expect from someone who was a professional sportsman and one of the best in his discipline. 

“We gave Freddie an intensive crash course in what it takes to be a racing driver, from improving his lap times, to developing his race craft and how to set up the car. The Ginetta G56 GTA was the perfect learning car for Freddie and he made huge improvements during our time at Blyton Park. 

“That set him up for the transition to the GT4 car at Snetterton and he made more great progress across the race event. We all thoroughly enjoyed working with Freddie, Chris and the team at Top Gear, and hope everyone enjoys watching the episode.”

In addition to featuring in the latest episode of the series, Ginetta has also been announced as a winner of a coveted Top Gear Car of the Year Award. After his racing experience, Flintoff chose the Ginetta G56 GTA as his Car of the Year.

Championship battles intensify on TOCA support bill at Silverstone

Championship titles were decided whilst other saw the battle for supremacy further intensify this past weekend (September 25/26) on what was a pulsating two days of track action on the TOCA support package at Silverstone.

The Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship was at its entertaining best as spoils were shared across the weekend’s three races. Scholarship winner Robert De Haan continued his recent run of form in race one as he powered his way to an impressive victory.

Will Jenkins then came to the fore in race two as he claimed a maiden win of the season after a frenetic multi-car battle for top spot. Race three then saw a small piece of history made as De Haan netted his second win of the weekend – albeit by 0.010s – the smallest ever margin in the series’ history.

Dan Cammish stamped his authority on the Porsche Carrera Cup GB with a third win of the year to maintain his position at the top of the standings. Hot on the heels winning at Croft, the Redline Racing driver soaked up a huge amount of pressure from Lorcan Hanafin but didn’t put a wheel wrong to stand on the top step of the podium.

Earlier in the day, reigning champion Harry King kept his slender championship hopes alive by claiming victory in a race which was brought to an early end due to a red flag.

After an action-packed season, the destiny of the Quaife MINI CHALLENGE Trophy title went down to the final few corners of the final race with Dominic Wheatley ultimately reigning supreme.

Wins fell the way of Louie Capozzoli, Charlie Mann and Tom Ovenden over the course of the weekend but it was Wheatley that hung on in the end to be crowned champion, having not taken a win all season.

Champions were also crowned in the Ginetta GT Academy, which was making its first appearance on the TOCA support bill this season. In what is the inaugural year for the one-make series, the GT Academy served up a trio of action-packed races over the course of the weekend.

Martin Willis and Angus Whiteside shared the spoils however it was Toby Trice that wrapped up the main title, with Whiteside cementing his position as the lead rookie.

Rounding off the weekend’s racing were three races from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Matias Zagazeta, Georgi Dimitrov and Joseph Look scored a win apiece as the rising stars of single-seaters served up a feast of entertainment.

To view the full classification of results from all sessions at Silverstone, CLICK HERE.