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Chris Salkeld Graduates To Ginetta G40 Cup With Assetto Motorsport

1st February 2019 • Simon Paice

GRDC graduate Chris Salkeld will compete full-time in the Ginetta G40 Cup this season with reigning champions Assetto Motorsport.

The Yorkshire-based driver made his motorsport debut last year in the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club and enjoyed a sensational season, competing at the front of the field throughout as he recorded seven podiums finishes across the eight race campaign. 

Salkeld also went on to impress further during a maiden outing in the Ginetta G40 Cup at Donington Park; posting the third fastest time in qualifying before battling at the front of the field in all three races on his way to a debut podium finish.

The 27 year old will now return to the series full-time in 2019 with a title challenge in his sights, lining up on the grid with the support of The Ainsley Harriott Food Company, Yorkshire Financial Management, AHP, Blue Boar Consortium, Adsum Financial Advisory and Dscvr to name a few.

Chris Salkeld: “This is aimed as a development year for me in the Ginetta G40 Cup, getting some crucial race experience under my belt before I look to move up the motorsport ladder for the 2020 season and beyond.

“I am over the moon to be staying with Assetto Motorsport for the 2019 season. Their track record in this championship speaks for itself and I will be working hard with the team to help continue their dominance”

“While learning will be key for my long-term future, you can’t help but enjoy the feeling of finishing on the podium and after my success at Donington Park, I have to come into the season with the ambition of winning races and challenging for the title.”

Salkeld is Assetto Motorsport’s first driver to be announced for the 2019 Ginetta G40 Cup as they look to defend the title they won in style last season with Tom Golding, who secured eight race victories and finished on the podium in each of the races he contested. 

Jim Edwards, team manager: “Chris' excitement and enthusiasm for motorsport has no bounds and we are really excited to be a part of his adventure. Chris certainly has the speed and determination to be challenging for the overall title this season. We can’t wait to get started!”

The Ginetta G40 Cup is an ideal platform for drivers who have recently discarded their ‘novice’ plates to learn the ropes in a packed grid full of drivers of similar ability and experience. Popular with graduates from the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club (GRDC), the series races in support of British GT