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Conner Garlick Joins Xentek Motorsport For Ginetta GT5 Challenge Debut

28th March 2019 • Simon Paice

Conner Garlick is the latest Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship graduate to join the Ginetta GT5 Challenge grid this season.

Garlick started his motorsport career with Ginetta last season in the Juniors and showed strong progression over the course of his maiden campaign, getting into the thick of the midfield action as he regularly fought on the fringes of the top ten.

The Allington based driver ended his season on a high with a breakthrough pair of top ten finishes at Brands Hatch GP, before another good showing in the Winter Series at the same venue saw him take a best finish of eighth overall.

Garlick will unfortunately miss the opening rounds of the 2019 Ginetta GT5 Challenge at Oulton Park due to him being too young, however he has started a comprehensive testing programme with Xentek to ensure he’s ready for his debut at Thruxton following his 16th birthday.

Conner Garlick: “I am looking forward to my progression to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge with Xentek Motorsport. While I’m still young enough to compete in the Michelin Ginetta Junior Championship, I wanted to push myself further this season.

“The GT5 Challenge provides the perfect opportunity to do just that, as well as getting the chance to experience a European round and race on the support packages for the British GT Championship and British Touring Car Championship.”

Sarah Jayne McKenna, team co-owner: “We are really excited to be working with Conner this season. Our recent test days at Brands Hatch and Silverstone have shown that he is more than capable and ready to make this step up.

“It’s a big step for someone at his age to make, but he’s taken everything in his stride and is really getting to grips with the more powerful version of the Ginetta G40. It’s a shame he will be missing Oulton Park, but we’re excited to go racing with him at Thruxton.”

Packed grids and close racing makes the Ginetta GT5 Challenge a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers. In 2019, the series will join the British GT Championship at four meetings and make two outings on the British Touring Car Championship support bill.