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Preview: Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Round Four, Donington Park

19th June 2019 • Simon Paice

The title race is heating up in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge as the championship heads to Donington Park this weekend for three more thrilling races.

An ultra-consistent start to the season has made Geri Nicosia (Quattro Motorsport) the man to beat at the top of the points standings. He’s picked up six podium finishes in the opening seven races, including the opening win at Thruxton last month.

Scott McKenna (Xentek Motorsport) is now his closest challenger following a sensational weekend at Silverstone last time out, in which he recorded the first two race wins of his car-racing career so far. With three further podium finishes to his name, just 18 points separate him from the top.

Adam Smalley (Elite Motorsport) has also made his title credentials clear with three race wins in the opening five races, more than anyone else on the grid. A couple of tough races have lost him ground in the points battle though, so he’ll be aiming to close the gap this weekend.

Returning to the scene of his maiden podium finish in the series last year, Gordie Mutch (Fox Motorsport) is ready to add to his one win and two pole positions so far this season, while Total Control Racing team-mates Ruben Del Sarte and Connor Grady are both podium contenders.

Josh Malin (Richardson Racing) and Danny Harrison (Mutation Motorsport) both produced memorable moments at Silverstone as they recorded their maiden podium finishes in the championship, with Harrison having sensationally climbed from 16th to third. 

Josh Hislop (Race Car Consultants), Gus Bowers (Xentek Motorsport) and Katie Milner (Merlin International) all have the potential to join the battle for silverware, while Tom Golding (Assetto Motorsport) is due a breakthrough result after producing some brilliant drives already.

Abbi Pulling enjoyed a seasons best ninth place result last time out and she joins her Race Car Consultants team-mate David Ellesley, Will Dyrdal (Privateer), Matt Maxted (Graves Motorsport) and Nick Halstead (Fox Motorsport) as part of the thrilling battles for the top ten.

Sami Saarelainen (Xentek Motorsport) and Lewis Ryder (Privateer) are ready to bounce back from a tough visit to Silverstone, while privateer siblings Charlie and Daniel Budd, Ryan Firth (Reflex Racing) and Jesse Chamberlain (Privateer) will be looking to make their mark this weekend.

The battle for Am Class honours have been hotly contested across the opening three meetings. Dale Albutt (Quattro Motorsport) and Wesley Pearce (Elite Motorsport) lead the way, having each visited the top step of the podium on three occasions so far.

Fox Motorsport team-mates James Townsend and Matt Konczos sit level on points for third position. With Konczos sadly sitting out the next two rounds, Townsend will be leading the team’s charge to climb into the title mix and add to his sole class win so far.

Phil McGarty (GBR) is enjoying a strong run of results and he’s keen to add to his podium finish from Oulton Park, while Declan Jones Racing trio of Bal Sidhu, Simon Khera and Jagjeet Virdie have shown great progression through the campaign so far.

Keep up to date with all the action this weekend on social media, @GinettaCars.