13/05/2022

2022 Ginetta Preview: Brands Hatch

The 2022 Ginetta race season continues this weekend as the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta Junior Championship compete as part of the British Touring Car Championship event at Brands Hatch in Kent.

The start of the new season for the GT4 SuperCup also marks the beginning of a new era for the championship with the introduction of the Ginetta G56 GT4. The new car, powered by a 6.2 litre V8 engine and fuelled by the exclusive ‘Ginetta Tech by Millers Oils’ range of lubricants, will produce the fastest ever one-make Ginetta racing.

A talented grid of drivers have signed up to compete in the GT4 SuperCup this season. Amongst those getting to grips with a new G56 will be 2021 championship runner-up Josh Rattican and multiple race-winner James Kellett.

Tom Emson and Reece Somerfield also have previous race-winning experience in the championship, while Henry Dawes returns for a second season. An exciting newcomer to the grid is reigning Ginetta Junior champion Aston Millar.

The GT4 SuperCup is running a four class format this season, with ‘Professional’ and ‘Amateur’ categories for both the new G56 GT4 and also the previous G55 GT4, which remains on the grid. This is set to produce exciting racing throughout the 21 car grid.

Four-time Ginetta class champion Colin White is amongst the Am’s racing a G56, whilst the list of drivers piloting a G55 includes 2021 front-runners Luke Reade and Blake Angliss, former Ginetta Junior Scholarship winner James Taylor and ex-BTCC racer Nick Halstead.

The Ginetta Juniors meanwhile are tackling their second meeting of the season, after the huge grid of talented 14 to 17 year old racers got their year off to an entertaining start at Donington Park last month.

Harri Reynolds took two wins on the opening weekend to take the early championship lead, while reigning Winter Series champion Josh Rowledge picked up one victory. Both are clear contenders for success at Brands Hatch, as are fellow podium finishers Joe Warhurst and Sonny Smith.

Other drivers to keep an eye on include 2021 championship runner-up Liam McNeilly, Aqil Alibhai and Fergus Chalmers. Of the rookie drivers starting their racing career this year, William Macintyre, Kanato Le and Alisha Palmowski impressed on the opening weekend, the latter running in her Millers Oils backed car as the latest winner of the Ginetta Junior Scholarship.

The race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/221903

Keep up to date with the action across the weekend on social media, via the Millers Oils and Ginetta Cars channels. Both championships will have a race televised live on Sunday afternoon too, with the GT4 SuperCup on ITV and the Juniors on ITV4.