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James Townsend Returns For Second GT5 Challenge Season

21st December 2018 • Simon Paice

James Townsend will enter his third consecutive season of one-make Ginetta competition in 2019 as he returns to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge with Fox Motorsport.

Townsend stepped up from the Ginetta Racing Drivers Club to the Am class of the GT5 Challenge this year and enjoyed a superb rookie campaign with Fox Motorsport, taking at least one top three finish at each of the championship’s seven events.

The 32 year old, who will be travelling from New York to compete next season, recorded ten podium results in total, a tally that included a standout pair of second place finishes at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and a breakthrough class victory at Knockhill.

James Townsend: “To be able to finalise my 2019 racing plans already is fantastic and means I’ll be as prepared as I possibly can be for the new season. Fox Motorsport have been a perfect fit for me; they’ve prepared my car superbly and helped me to improve my driving thanks to the supportive environment they’ve set up for all their racers.

“Moving to New York means I’ll be doing a lot of travel for the races, but I’m looking forward to the challenge as I aim to win the Am title and regularly get in among the top ten Pro drivers.”

Paul McNeilly, team principal: “We’re delighted that James is continuing his relationship with Fox Motorsport for 2019. On-track, he’s been competing for class podiums from the word go and as the season progressed, it was clear to see how he was maturing as a driver and adding that all-important racecraft to his undoubted speed.

“He’s the first piece of what we anticipate will be a four-car line-up in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge this year as we aim to continue the success we achieved last year and continue to provide a pathway into motorsport for drivers wanting to move up through the various levels of GT racing with us.”

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 five meetings and make two outings on the British Touring Car Championship support bill.