Ginetta has confirmed it will continue to run alongside the British Touring Car Championship until at least the end of 2019, after today (22 September 2016) signing a new three-year deal with BTCC organising body TOCA.
The Ginetta Junior Championship has been a part of the BTCC package since 2008, with what is now the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup joining a year later as the Michelin Ginetta G50 Cup.
Ginetta Chairman, Lawrence Tomlinson said: “Ginetta is undoubtedly the biggest presence on the BTCC support bill and we very much enjoy seeing our Ginetta ladder, from Juniors and GT5 into SuperCup being a part of these weekends. On behalf of Ginetta, I am delighted to extend our partnership with TOCA for a further three years and look forward to seeing the championships continue to flourish as part of one of the UK’s finest motorsport packages.”
Alan Gow, series director of the British Touring Car Championship said; “I am delighted Ginetta will remain part of the TOCA package for a further three years. Not only do Ginetta bring two incredibly competitive and entertaining support series, but the Ginetta career ladder is a unique offering in British motorsport. It is fantastic to see drivers progress from the Ginetta Junior Championship into the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and beyond, including a number of former Ginetta drivers currently competing in the BTCC.”
The Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship will compete at all 10 of the BTCC weekends retaining their position as the most high profile Junior series in the UK. In addition, the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup will return for eight rounds, sitting out the Thruxton and Knockhill meetings which will instead feature the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge.
The announcement is further backed by global tyre manufacturer Michelin extending its title sponsorship of the Ginetta GT SuperCup until 2018, and the series continuing to be recognised as a BRDC qualifying championship.