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Ginetta Make Their Mark In Nürburgring 24 Hour Return

27th June 2019 • Simon Paice

Ginetta made a fantastic return to the ADAC TOTAL Nürburgring 24 Hour race this past weekend (22/23 June), challenging for a class podium finish with KKrämer Racing.

The British manufacturer has made an exciting return to the German market this year with customer team KKrämer Racing, with two appearances in the VLN Endurance Championship leading into an assault on one of the biggest 24 hour races in the world.

The KKrämer Racing powered by Rewitecentry was piloted by three former champions in the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup; 2014 champion and current Ginetta factory driver Charlie Robertson, reigning victor Charlie Ladell and two-time Am Class winner Colin White.

White headed into the weekend with ten previous Nürburgring 24 Hour starts under his belt, while the driving line-up was completed by Jean-Francois Brunot, who himself was making his fourth outing in the race. Their experience proved invaluable as their team-mates made their debuts.

The challenge that awaited them was one of the fiercest in the world motorsport, the legendary 15 mile Nordschleife circuit. Qualifying a strong seventh fastest in the SP10 class, the #73 Ginetta lined up 70th overall for the race start. 

In a race that proved to be a real war of attrition, the Ginetta G55 GT4 demonstrated itself as a pure endurance racer with perfect reliability through the race, which allowed the drivers to showcase their talents and highlight the car’s front-running pace.

A fantastic team effort on-track and in the pitlane, led by Oscar Miller who engineered the car and masterminded the race strategy, saw the Ginetta climb the order through the day and night to come home on the same lap as the final podium contender in fourth place in the SP10 class and 36th overall at the finish.

Charlie Robertson: “The Nürburgring 24 Hour race is one of the most challenging races in motorsport, and the Ginetta G55 GT4 was up for the challenge. In a competitive GT4 market, it once again proved itself as a fast and reliable package for endurance competition.

“We have shown fantastic progress in this project with KKrämer Racing so far and feel like we made a statement this weekend. To challenge for a podium finish on our first attempt was a great achievement against entries with years of experience of the circuit and the race itself.

“The Nordschleife is a circuit like no other; you have to treat every metre with so much respect. Personally, competing there has been an ambition of mine since a young age and to achieve this with Ginetta was very special.”