2022 Ginetta Race Report: Brands Hatch

Millers Oils Ginetta racing cars on the track

The 2022 Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Super Cup season got underway at Brands Hatch this past weekend (14/15 May), with James Kellett producing a sensational triple victory to kick off an exciting new era for the championship.

It was a landmark weekend as the new Ginetta G56 GT4 competed in the championship for the first time, with the V8 powered machines proving to be a hit with both the huge trackside crowd in Kent and the television viewers watching at home on ITV.

Kellett dominated the whole weekend in his G56, converting pole position from qualifying into a hat-trick of race wins – results that put him in the Ginetta record books as only the fourth driver in the GT4 Super Cup’s 11 year history to win three races in the same weekend.

Reigning Ginetta Junior champion Aston Millar enjoyed a debut weekend to remember with three podium finishes of his own, while Reece Somerfield kicked off his 11th consecutive season in the championship with a pair of top three results, his first since 2019.

Josh Rattican finished second in the championship last season and began his quest for title glory with a trip to the podium. In the Am class for G56 drivers, Darren Leung picked up a couple of race wins as Wes Pearce also made a trip to the top step of the podium.

Alongside the new G56’s, the Ginetta G55 GT4 remains on the grid as well with its own Pro and Am classes. A competitive weekend of action saw Luke Reade, Blake Angliss, Dan Morris and Ian Duggan all enjoy winning moments across the three races.

The Ginetta Juniors were also in action at Brands Hatch, with three action-packed races producing three different race-winners. One of those was Harri Reynolds, who made it five podium finishes in the opening six races of the season to come away as the championship leader.

The other two victors were rookie contenders enjoyed their maiden Ginetta successes. Kanato Le emerged victorious in only his fourth race in the championship, while Will Macintyre took a win as part of an impressive podium treble for the weekend.

The championship, which caters for drivers aged 14 to 17, was as competitive as ever across the meeting. Joe Warhurst and Aqil Alibhai made visits to the overall podium, whilst Liam McNeilly, Maurice Henry and Sonny Smith were amongst those battles in the leading group.

The Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 Super Cup is next in action at Oulton Park in Cheshire next month (11/12 June), however prior to that the Ginetta season continues in two weeks’ time (28/29 May) with the Juniors and GT5 Challenge on track at Thruxton in Hampshire.