09/06/2022

2022 Ginetta Preview: Oulton Park

Ginetta are heading to the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire this weekend (11/12 June) for the latest rounds of the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta GT Academy.

Following a spectacular season opener at Brands Hatch last month, the GT4 SuperCup makes an eagerly anticipated return to action. Fans are excited to see the new V8 powered Ginetta G56 GT4 on track once again after its eye-catching debut in the opening event.

The standout performer at Brands Hatch was James Kellett, who stormed to a perfect hat-trick of race wins – the first driver in the championship for four years to achieve such a feat – to kick off his title challenge in style.

Another to start the year on great form was reigning Ginetta Junior champion Aston Millar, who scored his own podium treble on his series debut. Reece Somerfield also impressed with a double podium, while 2021 race-winners Josh Rattican and Tom Emson are ones to watch.

The Am class for G56 drivers features Brands Hatch race-winners Darren Leung and Wes Pearce, plus four-time GT4 SuperCup class champion Colin White. There’s also two classes for drivers in Ginetta G55’s, with Blake Angliss and Ian Duggan the early pace-setters in those.

The Ginetta GT Academy is making its one and only appearance of the season on the BTCC package, as a bumper 29 car grid contest their third event of the year. The championship, introduced in 2021, is an entry level route into GT racing, catering for drivers of all ages and experience levels.

Drivers compete in Ginetta G56 GTA’s, a lower specification of the car utilised in the GT4 SuperCup. The headline GTA class is being dominated at the moment by Marc Warren, with the former double Ginetta champion having taken five wins from the opening five races.

The chasing pack is full of talented drivers ready to end his winning streak, including his team-mate Thomas Holland, Leo Karavasili and Richard Sykes, who all got podium finishes last time out at Donington Park. Nick White and Mackenzie Walker got silverware on the opening weekend at Silverstone meanwhile.

The championship also has a rookie class, which incorporates an all-inclusive arrive and drive package for racing newcomers. Ravi Ramyead is the pace-setter in that, emulating Warren’s tally of five class wins, with Thomas Shelley, Jon Kearney, Marc Elman and Dan Rathbone also collecting trophies so far.

The Oulton Park race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/222303

Both championships will have a race televised live on Sunday afternoon on ITV4 and the ITV hub, while you can get updates across the weekend on social media by following @MillersOilsLtd.