Elite has made a mark in GT4 Su­per­cup too, with Smal­ley seek­ing fur­ther suc­cess

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It wasn’t just a hat-trick of Ginetta Ju­nior ti­tles that made last year sig­nif­i­cant for Elite. It also marked the team’s pro­gres­sion up the rac­ing lad­der.

Hav­ing taken three wins in Ginetta Ju­nior, Harry King was ready to grad­u­ate into se­nior rac­ing. And he wanted to re­main with Elite. So it was de­cided that the team would ex­pand into the Ginetta GT4 Su­per­cup, run­ning a sin­gle G55 for King.

“We’ve now built a bit of a lad­der for the team,” says team boss Ed­die Ives. “Harry had done the two years in Ju­niors with us and was pretty com­mit­ted to want­ing to do some­thing [else] with us. I think we did it at the right time and prob­a­bly ex­ceeded our ex­pec­ta­tions a lit­tle bit.”

Although King ended up third in the stand­ings with four vic­to­ries, he suf­fered a lot of bad luck dur­ing the course of the sea­son and could have been a ti­tle con­tender.

Now Ginetta Ju­nior cham­pion Adam Smal­ley is look­ing to make a sim­i­lar move with Ives hop­ing to run both King and Smal­ley this year. Smal­ley is also keen to re­main with the Elite out­fit if he can find the bud­get to step up.

“They are the nicest bunch of peo­ple I’ve ever met,” he says. “They’re very pro­fes­sional and a great team, I can’t doubt them at all. Peo­ple get on nat­u­rally, there are no forced con­ver­sa­tions.

“At Sil­ver­stone when I had my crash, my me­chanic got the car re­paired from lit­er­ally noth­ing – it was com­pletely de­stroyed and I thought the car was writ­ten off, but he got the car back out for the next race. I wouldn’t have wanted to be with any­one else last year.

“It’s fan­tas­tic, Ed­die Ives and the team have come such a long way in a short space of time.”

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