Yorkshire manufacturer Ginetta will return to the GT3 category of the British GT this year with with an upgraded G55 and a brand new team at the helm of the entry.
The 2017 car will be powered by a Chevrolet LS3 Engine producing 570bhp, repositioned to improve weight distribution and a revised front splitter delivering improved frontal downforce. Internally there is an improved driver interface with Motec dash display and a tactile keypad control. Braking has also been revised with the updating of the master cylinder requiring less physical effort from the driver under braking.
Century Motorsport will run two of the enhanced G55 GT3 cars as they make the step up to GT3 machinery. Taming the first of the team’s two GT3 contenders will be former McLaren Autosport BRDC Award Nominee and Formula Ford Champion Nathan Freke. No stranger to Ginetta machinery, Freke proved his talent on several occasions during the 2016 season racing in the University of Bolton backed Ginetta G55 GT4.
“This is a really exciting year for both Century and Ginetta as together we’re mounting a serious attack on British GT.” said Frake. “We helped run the GT3 car when it first came out in 2011, but this year marks the first time we’ll be involved with a properly competitive GT3 entry.
“The changes to the car are massive. The new Chevrolet engine offers more low-down torque and usable power and the chassis changes will aid slow-speed traction.”
Joining Freke in the #73 Ginetta will be American driver Harry Gottsacker. The 17 year old comes fresh from a season racing in the Pirelli World Challenge at the wheel of a Performance Motorsports Group run Ginetta G55. With a best finish of third in Utah, 2017 will represent a big step up for the Texan driver, as he takes to some of the UK’s best circuits for the first time.
Ginetta are investing heavily in this season’s British GT, using the series as a development base towards their 2018 plans and campaigns.
“We know the Chevrolet engine so well from the development in the G57-P2 and it’s perfect for GT usage.” added Ewan Baldry, Technical Director, Ginetta Cars. “The Nissan was a very aggressive engine and we had some vibration issues with it. The Chevrolet is a lower-revving unit with a better torque band.”
Century Motorsport also intend to run a G55 GT4, which has also received a number of upgrades for 2017. An additional 33bhp will be produced by an engine power upgrade and high power side exist exhaust system, whilst crucially, the lap time delta between amateur and pro drivers will be reduced by the introduction of electronic traction control and an ABS anti-lock braking system.
“This is a very big year for Century Motorsport as we make some significant steps in the development of our team.” commented Clive Freke Century Motorsport’s Team Principal. “Having already secured a number of podium finishes with our new Ginetta G57-P2, it’s great to now add the highly improved Ginetta G55 GT3 to our fleet for this season.”