The Ginetta G55 GT3 will return to the British GT grid at Brands Hatch next weekend (5/6 August) after Century Motorsport confirmed Ben Tuck and Tom Hibbert will partner up for the remainder of the 2017 season.
Century Motorsport’s three-car entry will be further bolstered by the announcement of former Ginetta Junior Ireland champion Niall Murray, who will return to the helm of the Yorkshire marque; the young racer having agreed a deal to partner Jacob Mathiassen in the #43 G55 GT4.
Hibbert’s entry comes fresh of the back of a positive weekend in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup at Snetterton last weekend. He’s no stranger to the more powerful Ginetta machinery, having enjoyed several successful outings at the helm of the G57 in the V de V Endurance Series this year.
Although this is Ben Tuck’s first foray into competition with Ginetta, he has spent time behind the wheel of a G40 in the past, having contested the Ginetta Junior Scholarship in 2012. Since then, he has enjoyed an illustrious career in both Mazda and Caterhams before making the step up into the Ginetta G55 in the GT Cup at Silverstone last month, taking a win on his debut. Now, with a taste for the power of the Ginetta, he is looking forward to the graduation into GT3 machinery.
In GT4, the recruitment of Murray offers significant potential for the team, as the Irish youngster had made a solid habit of taking podiums since his dominant season in the Ginetta Junior Ireland championship in 2010. Since his time in Ginetta Juniors, Murray has secured multiple Formula Ford 1600 titles, the Dunlop Motorsport Ireland Young Racing Driver of the Year accolade and SEAT Supercup Ireland titles as well as making a return to his Ginetta roots with his endurance debut in a G50 earlier this year.
Tom Hibbert - #19 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT3: “After this weekend, I will have raced every Ginetta bar the G40 Junior and GRDC cars! I can’t get enough of them and I’m really looking forward to getting my teeth into the GT3. The G55 we race in SuperCup is a superb car so I can only imagine the potential of the GT3. I’ve got a good teammate in Ben and there’s no doubt we’ll have our eyes on silverware, even if it is our debut weekend.”
Ben Tuck - #19 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT3: “It's an amazing opportunity to be driving for a factory backed team. It's my first time directly representing a manufacturer as opposed to a team that runs lots of different cars! I can't wait for the weekend, it's a bit surreal at the moment, it's a massive jump up for me! Previously the quickest car I have driven is a Ginetta G55 in GT4 SuperCup specification in the GT-Cup championship. To be jumping into a GT3 a month after my first and only time in a GT4 is really exciting.”
Niall Murray - #43 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4: “I’m absolutely thrilled to get this opportunity with Century Motorsport. I've wanted to do some GT racing for a long time and am very excited that finally the right deal has been put in place. Brands Hatch and Donington have been two of my most favourite and most successful circuits so I'm really looking forward to getting on track on Saturday! Thanks to Nathan [Freke] and Paul [Grogan] from Century, all my sponsors and everybody else who made this happen!”