Ginetta has revealed that the winner of the all-new Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup will win a funded drive in the 2012 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.
The winner of the G55 class in the new-look two-tier series will earn a funded prize drive in a new NGTC-specification car – details of which will be revealed in the New Year.
The G55 will be making its debut in the Ginetta GT Supercup next year in the leading class, while the older G50 will compete in a separate class.
The drivers finishing in second and third in the championship will earn a BTCC test.
“This is a major prize in motor sport and firmly underpins the fact that Ginetta's championships are the only place to be for career-minded drivers,” Ginetta chairman Lawrence Tomlinson said. “Youngsters can start racing at just 14 with the Ginetta Junior Championship, graduate into the Ginetta GT Supercup and realistically make the step to BTCC – all under the full spotlight of major television coverage on ITV.
“Once again, we have extended our career ladder as far as possible making top level racing a possibility for everyone.”
BTCC Series Director Alan Gow said he was delighted with the announcement.
“I'm thrilled to see Ginetta put together this unbelievable prize package,” he said. “We already know that last year's G50 Cup was a great platform for drivers wanting to progress to BTCC level racing and 2010 Champion Frank Wrathall is testament to that.
"I am sure competitors and spectators alike will be just as excited as we are to see who the 2012 Ginetta BTCC driver is going to be.”
Two drivers from the 2010 G50 Cup will move into the BTCC in the shape of Frank Wrathall and Tony Hughes with the Dynojet and Speedworks teams, while former G50 outfit Rob Austin Racing will also make the move.