Double Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny paid a visit to the Ginetta factory in Garforth today, to take a spin in a pair of Ginetta road cars ahead of his motorsport debut in the Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Donington Park on 29/30 September.
Ginetta invited Team GB cyclist Kenny to join the grid for the closing round of their single-make championship after learning the Olympian owned a Ginetta G20 which he regularly ran on track days around the UK.
Speaking about his decision to choose the Great British marque as his track car, Kenny said; “I was looking for a car which was light and easy to handle, and the fact the factory is only an hour away from my house makes life a lot easier when it comes to picking up spares!
“I was looking into buying a track car for a while, and then a Ginetta came along at the right price, so I bought it and just fell in love with it straight away. I’d like to go racing next year, so let’s get the first race out of the way at Donington Park, and then perhaps look at a full season for 2013.”
During the visit, Kenny traded racing tips with Ginetta chairman and Le Mans winner, Lawrence Tomlinson, before ending his tour of the Ginetta factory with a spin in two of the Yorkshire marque’s road cars – the G40R ‘Race car for the road’, which is eligible for entry into the 2013 Total Quartz Ginetta GT5 Challenge – as well as Ginetta’s signature supercar, a 3.7 litre, V6 engined Ginetta G60.
Looking towards his racing debut, Kenny added; “It’s now a case of getting myself and the car there and trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do! It’s my first race so I’ve come to the Ginetta factory today for a few tips from Lawrence. I was really excited when I got the invitation to come up and have a look around; I’ve never done anything like this before so it should be great fun.”
Tomlinson said; “Jason Kenny is a great British role model and it’s fantastic to know he also owns a great British sports car! We are looking forward to seeing Jason switch his two-wheel speed into four wheels, and hope this is the first of many races as part of the Ginetta family. Here’s hoping he can do Team GB proud at Donington Park.”
Kenny added golds in the men's team sprint and the individual sprint at London 2012 to the gold and silver medal he won in Beijing.