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Double Ginetta Champion Tom Golding Graduates To GT5 Challenge

27th March 2019 • Simon Paice

Reigning Ginetta G40 Cup champion Tom Golding will remain with Assetto Motorsport as he tackles the GT5 Challenge this season.

Golding will continue his ascent up the Ginetta ladder following a sensational first two seasons in car-racing, with the Northampton-based driver having taken the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club title in his rookie season before storming to the G40 Cup honours last year.

Following two years in karting, Golding elected to make his motorsport debut with Ginetta in 2017 and won five out of eight races in GRDC, before taking eight victories in the G40 Cup last year as he remarkably finished all thirteen races he contested on the podium.

Tom Golding: “I'm extremely grateful to the team, friends and my family for their support in every way, without them 2019 simply wouldn't be possible. I have been working harder than ever during the winter in order to make the grid this year. I have the best mind set I've ever had, and I believe that I have one shot at this. It's vital that I win!”

Golding’s entry will mark Assetto Motorsport’s first time running a Pro Class competitor in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, though they have experience from running a pair of Am Class drivers in the championship last year, while team owner Simon Traves raced in the series himself in 2017. 

Jim Edwards, team manager: “Tom is an incredibly talented driver as his consecutive Ginetta titles suggest. Despite dominating these hotly contested championships, both Tom and Assetto Motorsport are under no illusions as to how tough the season ahead will be! Nevertheless, we are targeting race wins in an attempt to help Tom achieve three championship victories on the bounce!”

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.