Ginetta Preview: Croft

Yorkshire’s own Croft circuit is the destination for the latest chapter of the 2021 Ginetta race season this weekend, with the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup and Ginetta GT5 Challenge in action at the North Yorkshire venue (18/19 September).

The short trip north to Dalton-On-Tees marks the home event for both Millers Oils and Ginetta, with a large, passionate Yorkshire crowd set to fill the banking around the circuit. Set to entertain them as the current GT4 SuperCup championship leader is Adam Smalley.

Smalley is on a fantastic run of form, with double race victories in each of the last two outings at Knockhill and Thruxton. Those have taken his tally to seven wins for the season so far, which have helped secure him a 12 point lead in the standings with nine races to go.

Tom Hibbert is his closest rival in the points standings after a great start to the season saw him finish on the podium 10 times in the first 11 races. Josh Rattican is in the title picture too, with a pair of second place finishes at Thruxton last time out keeping him in contention.

It was a memorable weekend at Thruxton for James Blake-Baldwin as he scored his maiden GT4 SuperCup victory, while Carlito Miracco also starred with a double podium finish to make it five for the year. Tom Emson is another podium regular, whilst Blake Angliss and Reece Somerfield are contenders for their first pieces of silverware this season.

In the championship’s secondary Pro Am class, Colin White has stormed clear in the title battle. A hat-trick of wins at Thruxton has extended his current run to 11 class victories in a row, an all-time championship record, with Carl Garnett and Luke Warr giving chase in the points standings.

Alongside the GT4 SuperCup, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge will make a second appearance of the season alongside the British Touring Car Championship. Previously joining the support bill during the Thruxton season opener, the visit to Croft will be the penultimate meeting of their 2021 campaign.

Josh Steed heads into the weekend with a healthy championship lead courtesy of eight race victories so far, having impressively won at least once during each meeting this season. Will Aspin is his closest competitor, having finished on the podium in 11 of the 13 races to date.

Four-time race winner John Bennett has also made his mark this season, while Croft local Ben McKenna, Magnus Kriklywi, Mikey Doble and Harley Haughton have been amongst the other drivers to impress in the ultra-competitive championship.

The GT5 Challenge runs a four class format, with different categories for drivers of varying experience levels. The current pace-setters in those are Chris White (GT5 Am), Marc Warren (G40 Pro) and Rupert Laslett (G40 Am).

The race weekend timetable, live timing and session results can be found at:- https://www.tsl-timing.com/event/213703

Three races will be televised live on ITV4 and the ITV Hub on Sunday.

Find out more about Millers Oils’ technical partnership with Ginetta: https://www.millersoils.co.uk/ginetta-cars-extends-technical-partnership-with-millers-oils-to-2024/