British sportscar maker Ginetta will hope for another strong year in 2010 following a successful year of racing in 2009.
The Yorkshire-based company secured championship success in the LMP2 class of the Le Mans Series with its Ginetta-Zytek model and also clinched honours in European GT4 and the GT4 class of the British GT Championship.
The company also saw its Junior Championship create history when Sarah Moore became the first female title winner in the history of the British Touring Car Championship bill in what was the final year for the outgoing Junior car – which has now been replaced by the G40.
That car was unveiled at the Autosport International
show in Birmingham, making it three successive years in which the company has released a new model at the event.
“We had a great year in 2009,” Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said. “Sarah had a great season [in the Junior championship] and it was a nail-biting finish. I think everyone has enjoyed watching that and I know I have. It was a hugely successful year for us. We were Le Mans Series LMP2 champions with the Ginetta-Zytek, European GT4 champions beating all the traditional marques and again, even with a depleted field, we were GT4 champions in British GT as well. It was a great year and another year, another car now.
“We've launched the G40 into the Junior Championship as it gives us huge profile on the BTCC package and the G40 will be available as both a road car and a race car. It's not the traditional road car as it is very basic, but it is what we are calling a race car for the road.
“It has more performance currently than the Junior car had but we'll be restricting it down so we have the same power to weight ratio we had to keep the racing exciting. The car is designed currently to produce about 140 horsepower and we thought it would weight about 850 kilos on our calculations but it is coming in at 790 now so it will be quite nippy. The chassis is designed to take up to 350 horsepower so it's going to be a multi-use platform.”
Ginetta as a brand will secure a boost in 2010 from the announcement that Nigel Mansell is to team up with Beechdean Motorsport for an entry into the Le Mans Series and Le Mans 24 Hours (entry permitting) and Tomlinson admitted that the news would be hugely beneficial for the company.
“Well we had 'Red Five' super Nige in the car at Silverstone and you can't underestimate the amount of profile raising Nigel did for us,” he said. “Going to Le Mans as a British sportscar manufacturer with one of the most famous British drivers ever – it must put 10,000 onto the gate and hopefully they'll all drive down in Ginettas!”