Leading motor racing squad Hillspeed has today, Friday, 14th December, confirmed its intention to step into the Ginetta GT Supercup in 2013 and is in discussion with several top-line drivers ahead of its planned assault on the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship-support series next year.
Just two months removed from the announcement of its expansion into the new BRDC Formula 4 Championship, the Hathersage team is now all set to add a fourth rung to its ladder of opportunity which already features title-winning Ginetta Junior and Protyre Formula Renault BARC squads.
“After the success Hillspeed has enjoyed in Ginetta Junior over the last few years, we’re looking to build on that and our relationship with Ginetta by adding Ginetta GT Supercup involvement to our motor racing programme in 2013”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw.
“With the introduction of Ginetta’s exceptionally cost effective packages for drivers for next year, the time is right for us to look at moving into GT Supercup. We’ve had some strong enquiries from top-line drivers who are considering Hillspeed as a serious option, given the success we’ve enjoyed in every other category we’ve competed in, so it makes perfect sense to add Supercup to our plans.”
Since first becoming involved in Ginetta racing in 2010 in the Ginetta Junior Championship, Hillspeed has been the most successful team in the series. Winning the main season title and the Winter Series crown in its debut year, the Derbyshire squad went on to claim championship glory once again in 2011. This year, the team scooped the Rookie Class title with car racing debutant Pepe Massot.
Hillspeed has also been hugely successful in the realms of single-seaters, its first titles coming in the ARP Formula 3 Championship (now known as the MSV F3 Cup) in 2000 and 2001, with added glory in both Formula Renault UK and Formula Renault BARC.
With the announcement regarding the Ginetta GT Supercup plans, Hillspeed now offers two distinct routes for aspiring professional drivers who wish to consider pursuing a career in either open-wheel racing or saloon car and sportscar competition.
Ollerenshaw added: “It’s always important to look at fresh opportunities and the GT Supercup has certainly proven to be a highly popular and competitive championship, everything we at Hillspeed look for in a series. By offering a path from Junior to GT Supercup, as well as a single-seater route in Formula 4 and Formula Renault BARC, we’ll be providing a wide range of career development.”