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Jagjeet Virdee Starts Racing Career In Ginetta GT5 Challenge

7th March 2019 • Simon Paice

Jagjeet Virdee will compete in motorsport for the first time this season in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge with Declan Jones Racing.

Having enjoyed a passion for performances vehicles from a young age, the 28 year old from Solihull will now turn a lifelong dream into reality this year as he makes his circuit-racing debut with the new-for-2019 Declan Jones Racing team.

Virdee, whose only previous circuit experience has come from some track day events, has been receiving guidance from Jones and Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup drivers Lee Frost and Lucky Khera as he prepares to start his racing career in the GT5 Challenge.

Jagjeet Virdee: “Racing has always been a dream for me and I would like to thank the team at Declan Jones Racing for making it come true. The opportunity to team up with them is invaluable and I look forward to learning from Declan and his wealth of racing experience.

“I have chosen to race in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge as I understand this is the best route into competitive racing. The Ginetta G40 is a pure race car, built for the track, and therefore is the best way for me to learn my racecraft, and in a truly professional environment.

“As this is my first race season, my hopes for 2019 are to learn from my team and give back to them by ensuring I finish my races with quicker lap times as I build on my experience. To finish on the podium in my first season would be a dream, so I’ll try to make that happen.

“My hopes are to build on my journey into competitive motorsport and to become the best driver I can be, before hopefully being in a position to give back to future aspiring drivers. Challenges like this make life interesting and overcoming them makes life meaningful as you learn and develop.”

Declan Jones, team principal: “It’s very exciting to have Jagjeet joining us for the 2019 season. Beginning with someone with no experience on track has been really rewarding for me as a coach, watching him gain pace every session is very satisfying and his progress has been huge.

“We will be basing Jagjeet’s performance against the Am Class drivers and he should shape up well. We as a team will put a solid car underneath him and focus on guiding him through his journey into motorsport whilst helping him to progress as a driver.”

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.