GT4 ace Bartholomew en­ters Ginetta Su­percup be­fore GT3 test

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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.

Josh Collings dom­i­nated the Se­nior Ro­tax fi­nal but the fight for the cham­pi­onship took place some way be­hind the fly­ing Welsh­man. With four cor­ners to go the ti­tle be­longed to Josh White but a last-gasp move from Jack Mccarthy saw him take sec­ond on the road, and the cham­pi­onship, by a whisker. White, Mccarthy and Josh Skel­ton all qual­ify for the Ro­tax Grand Fi­nals.

A top 10 fin­ish for Harry Moore was enough to take the TKM Ex­treme cham­pi­onship de­spite Kyle Sproat’s best ef­forts as a sur­prised Sam Fowler claimed the race win. A dy­namic last lap from Bradley White, which saw him gain three places, gave him the Ju­nior TKM crown by two points from Abbi Pulling. Pri­va­teer Lee Whit­ting­ham won the race.

De­spite an ear­lier ex­clu­sion Gor­don Mutch snatched the Ju­nior X30 hon­ours from An­gus Fender on the last lap. Oliver Clarke won the race while Mutch, Fender and Ethan Pitt qual­ify for the In­ter­na­tional fi­nals at Le Mans next month.

A win for Matt Davies helped him take Se­nior X30 hon­ours from Brett Ward and Collings, who will all rep­re­sent the UK at Le Mans.

Bartholomew will swap his As­ton for a Cen­tury-run Ginetta

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