Five-year Ginetta deal for Robert­son

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Ris­ing star Char­lie Robert­son will aban­don his plans to grad­u­ate into LMP2 rac­ing this year af­ter ink­ing a five-year deal to be­come a fac­tory Ginetta driver.

The 19-year-old from Sur­rey was an­nounced as a works driver along­side mar­que reg­u­lar Mike Simp­son last week. Robert­son will join the Leeds out­fit to head-up test and de­vel­op­ment of the new G57 sportscar, as well as tak­ing on a coach­ing role. He is ex­pected to race the G57 when its pro­gramme is de­cided.

Robert­son won last year’s LMP3 ti­tle in the Euro­pean Le Mans Se­ries along­side Olympic leg­end Sir Chris Hoy. The pair tested an LMP2 ma­chine late last sea­son, but any plans to move up will now be put on hold.

“I have to think about the big­ger pic­ture and be­com­ing a fac­tory driver for one of the world’s big­gest race car man­u­fac­tur­ers is too good a chance to turn down,” said Robert­son.

“It’s dis­ap­point­ing that LMP2 won’t hap­pen now. There still may be a chance for Le Mans if Nis­san [Hoy’s main backer] de­cided to field a car for Chris. But there was a lim­ited fu­ture in do­ing LMP2 and even­tu­ally the money and the chances would run out. This way I can have a full rac­ing pro­gramme and get paid for do­ing what I love.”

The ex-mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award fi­nal­ist won the Ginetta Ju­nior ti­tle in 2012 be­fore lift­ing the 2014 GT Su­per­cup crown.

Robert­son (r): works deal

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