Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup fron­trun­ner Or­ton to switch to Porsche Car­rera Cup GB for 2017

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Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup fron­trun­ner Jamie Or­ton will switch to the Porsche Car­rera Cup GB this sea­son, driv­ing for the Team Parker Racing squad.

The 36-year-old fin­ished fourth in the Ginetta stand­ings last sea­son and third in 2015, but nearly made the switch to Porsches for 2016. He be­lieves now is the right time to change se­ries.

“I’ve done five years in Ginet­tas and felt noth­ing was go­ing to change and it was time to move,” said 2011 Cater­ham Su­perlight R300 cham­pion Or­ton. “I wouldn’t do any se­ries where I felt I couldn’t win and the goal is to win in the Car­rera Cup.

“First and fore­most I will try to get on the pace and then get on the podium and then try to make my way up to the top step. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.”

Or­ton is due to start eight days of test­ing in March, hav­ing al­ready sam­pled the car a year ago. He will also ben­e­fit from his en­gi­neer from last sea­son, Alan Mug­gle­stone, stay­ing.

Or­ton will be part­nered by the team’s Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship racer Alex Martin.

Mean­while, Pro-am1 ti­tle win­ner Euan Mckay and brother Daniel will switch to the Pro class for 2017, mov­ing to cham­pion squad Red­line Racing. For­mer Red­line racer Lewis Plato has also been con­firmed as the first driver for JTR as the team makes its de­but in the cat­e­gory.

Or­ton has spent five years racing Ginet­tas

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