From White­hall to heart of the ac­tion

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

AF­TER an event­ful nine months as En­tre­pre­neur in Res­i­dence at the Depart­ment for Busi­ness, In­no­va­tion and Skills, Lau­rence Tom­lin­son will get more time next year to re­turn full time to the race­track.

The owner of York­shire­based Ginetta sports cars (part of his LNT Group) made ma­jor head­lines in Novem­ber when he ac­cused some banks of fore­clos­ing on busi­nesses in or­der to make a fi­nan­cial gain.

Next year he will race a full sea­son in a Ginetta G55 GT3 along­side Mike Simp­son, Ginetta’s head of sales and an of­fi­cial fac­tory driver.

Last July they were over­all win­ners at Brands Hatch, tast­ing vic­tory in the MSA Brit­car En­durance Cham­pi­onship, de­spite start­ing from the back of the grid.

Tom­lin­son, a Le Mans GT2 class win­ner in a Panoz, said: “Whilst I will be con­tin­u­ing to work with Gov­ern­ment in 2014, I am look­ing for­ward to spend­ing my week­ends back in the car.”

His first out­ing is the Dubai 24 Hour race on Jan­uary 9-11.

Fred­eric Manby

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