GT4 ace Bartholomew enters Ginetta Supercup before GT3 test
British GT4 runner-up Jack Bartholomew will join Century Motorsport for this weekend’s Ginetta GT4 Supercup finale ahead of a winter of GT3 testing.
Bartholomew, 17, will handle one of Century’s G55 racers in the season finale in Kent as team-mate to Jack Mitchell. It will be Bartholomew’s first experience of a Ginetta, having raced a Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage to second in the British GT4 Championship this year.
“I know [Century boss] Nathan Freke, having raced against him this year, and the seat was free,” said Bartholomew. “As a GT driver you have to adapt to new cars, so it will be good to try out what I’ve been racing against. The Supercup G55 has more aero and different tyres than the GT4 car, and I’m told they’re different in feeling, but there is no pressure.”
Bartholomew will have a maiden GT3 test with Beechdean AMR at Snetterton this week as he assesses 2017 options. “I’d love to stay with Beechdean,” he added. “The new emphasis on younger drivers for British GT3 next year makes it appealing. It’s tough to come straight in and be up against drivers like Jonny Adam and Rob Bell [graded gold and platinum respectively].” forward to the Grand Finals in Italy.
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