Ginetta prize test for Sports 2000 cham­pion

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The win­ner of this year’s Sports 2000 Du­ratec Cham­pi­onship will win a fully funded test in a Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup ma­chine af­ter a new link-up with Cen­tury Mo­tor­sport.

The Bri­tish GT and in­ter­na­tional sportscar team has of­fered the prize, which is worth around £4,000, as it seeks to both sup­port the cham­pi­onship and also ex­pand its rac­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cen­tury will field cars in Bri­tish GT, the GT4 Su­per­cup and Euro­pean en­durance rac­ing this year.

Team head Nathan Freke said: “I’ve known [Sports 2000 reg­u­lar] Mike Turner for a few years and he’s pre­vi­ously rec­om­mended some driv­ers to come and test with us, so this made sense as a prize.

“S2000 has been go­ing for years and is a very cred­i­ble cham­pi­onship and a lot of its cham­pi­ons have gone into GT rac­ing. This chance adds value for the Du­ratec cham­pion and also gets Cen­tury known around the pad­dock.”

Turner said: “Every se­ries is look­ing for a way to make it­self more at­trac­tive. GT rac­ing is so high pro­file at the mo­ment so it’s a very rel­e­vant prize.

“Our reign­ing cham­pion, Michael Gib­bins, had a test with Cen­tury last year, so work­ing with Cen­tury seemed a per­fect tie up for us.”

In ad­di­tion to the Du­ratec prize test, S2000 con­struc­tor MCR will award a funded test in one of its Du­ratec cars to the win­ner of this year’s Pinto Cham­pi­onship, which runs for 138bhp-en­gined ma­chines. ● Cen­tury Mo­tor­sport will ex­pand into Euro­pean pro­to­type rac­ing this year af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery of a Ginetta G57P2. The team plans to run in the Creven­tic Proto se­ries, which con­sists of 12 hour races, or Vdev. The deal fol­lows Cen­tury’s de­but pro­to­type event with Ginetta in the re­cent Abu Dhabi and Dubai meet­ings.

New prize for top Du­ratec racer

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