GINETTA JU­NIOR RI­VALS TEAM UP FOR BRI­TISH GT ROB LAD­BROOK

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Ginetta Ju­nior ti­tle ri­vals Will Tre­gurtha and Stu­art Mid­dle­ton are set to team up in Bri­tish GT next year as part of HHC Mo­tor­sport’s planned move into the cat­e­gory.

The lead­ing Ginetta Ju­nior team has sub­mit­ted an en­try into the GT4 class for 2017 but with the class over­sub­scribed it has now en­tered the se­lec­tion process that de­cides which teams will be on the grid.

Tre­gurtha, 16, won this year’s Ju­nior crown by 40 points from Douglas Mo­tor­sport driver Mid­dle­ton, 17, but the duo are set to share a Ginetta G55 GT4 next year.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited, I tested the GT4 Su­per­cup car and was fast but the Bri­tish Gt-spec car is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent,” said Tre­gurtha. “Since I can re­mem­ber, I’ve been try­ing to watch things like Amer­i­can Le Mans Series and I’ve al­ways liked en­durance rac­ing; that’s where I want to go.

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Stu­art next year. I know he’s very fast, hard work­ing and knows that we will both have to sup­port each other to get the best out of the car.

“There were times like Thrux­ton where we were to­gether on track but we drove calmly and didn’t take each other off un­like oth­ers. We’re rac­ing to­gether the next three week­ends to get our li­cences as well as some bond­ing for 2017.”

As part of this Tre­gurtha raced HHC’S Rey­nard SF79 His­toric For­mula Ford 2000 car in the Open Wheel All­com­ers race at last week­end’s Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy, at Sil­ver­stone fin­ish­ing 13th, while Mid­dle­ton com­peted in an Elden Mk8. The two also raced Ginetta G40s in the Closed Wheel race, with Mid­dle­ton beat­ing Tre­gurtha by one place in 18th.

HHC team boss Char­lie Kemp added: “It’s our long-term aim to run a sec­ond car in GT4 and also op­er­ate an en­try in GT3 as well, so our com­mit­ment to SRO and Bri­tish GT is an ab­so­lute one as we aim to make this our home for the fore­see­able fu­ture.”

Tre­gurtha and Mid­dle­ton will join up with HHC

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