Ginetta unveil championship changes for 2018

10 Nov 17

Ginetta have confirmed a raft of changes across their UK championship for 2018, including the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior series and Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup.

Aimed towards new drivers whilst also reaffirming their position as some of the most competitive single-make championships in the country, the future looks bright for the Yorkshire-based manufacturer.

In the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club, an increase in accessibility for first-time drivers competing in the series is to be introduced.

The main revisions will see a switch to a one-day race format whilst those competing will also benefit from a trio of pre-season training days featuring handling courses and technical training with a Sprint Challenge included on the third and final day.

The series will also have a concierge service, with a dedicated events coordinator on hand for drivers in their first year. The coordinator will be on hand to assist drivers and families with organising fundamentals such as hotels and restaurants for race weekends.

For the Simpson Race Products Ginetta Junior Championship, the entry fee will now include the cost of a brand new race engine to be used from the beginning of the season to equalise the cars further.

Every competitor will be required to install a new engine, with the powerplants themselves being distributed at the annual Ginetta Media Day. In the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup, Pro and AM class testing regulations will be modified, with changes coming in to stop teams testing at tracks four weekends before race meetings.

The GRDC+ has been rebranded and will be now known as the G40 Cup. Expanding its boarders, the popular series will head to one of the greatest race tracks in the world, Spa Francorchamps. Both Spa and Silverstone will host two feature length races too.

A ‘Chairman’s Cup’ trophy will also be introduced for the G40 Cup and Ginetta GT5 Challenge too. Drivers aged over 45 will be eligible to battle for the award with one being up for grabs in each class at the end of the season.

Furthermore, prizes for champions of all five series will change. Excluding the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Pro Class winner, titleholders will gain free entry into the next ‘tier’ of Ginetta competition for 2019.

The 2018 Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Pro class champion, a place on the Ginetta Driver Development Programme with a factory-supported race programme in 2019 will be on offer.

For more information on Ginetta and their championships, head to their website by clicking here.