Alongside their third consecutive season in the GT5 Challenge with Magnus Kriklywi and Nat Hodgkiss, the Ipswich based team will also return to the Juniors for the first time since 2019 with Nat’s younger brother, Jacob Hodgkiss.
Kriklywi returns to the grid following a hugely impressive 2020 campaign. After competing in the final two events in 2019, the Danish teenager became a consistent presence at the front of the field last year and showed eye-catching racecraft en-route to a best result of fourth on three occasions.
Magnus Kriklywi: “It is good to be back with David and the rest of the Race Car Consultants team. We showed some good pace towards the end of the season and we feel confident going in to this season that we can be in contention for victories throughout the year.
“It’s good to have Nat back alongside me for the season, as I feel it will really benefit the both of us. I’m looking forward to hopefully a great season all round for the team.”
Nat Hodgkiss meanwhile made a welcome return to the Ginetta family last year as he impressed with a fifth place finish in a one-off GT5 Challenge outing with RCC. The 17 year old, who also has single-seater experience, had previously tackled two events in the 2019 Juniors with the team.
Nat Hodgkiss: “I feel like the final round last year gave some good preparation in the car, showed some promise and is making the off-season full of anticipation. This is the first full race season I have competed in since 2018 and shows signs of being a successful one.
“It is great to be partnered with Magnus again, having raced with him previously know he is going to be a great teammate to try and challenge for victories with. I just need to get the most out of testing, hopefully bringing home some good results for the team. I’m really looking forward to it!”
Following in his brother’s footsteps and making his car-racing debut this season will be 14 year old Jacob Hodgkiss. The fellow Newport based racer has karting experience under his belt, including contesting the TKM Junior class of the British Kart Championship in 2019.
Jacob Hodgkiss: “I’m very excited to be entering the Ginetta Junior Championship this year. We’ve been waiting until I’ve reached the age to enter car-racing and I’m itching to get onto the grid with Race Car Consultants.”
David Ellesley, Team Owner: “I am delighted to continue our association with Ginetta and to be involved with the Junior series once again. With Magnus Kriklywi returning for his second season in GT5, I fully expect him to be a title contender after a very strong latter half of the 2020 season.
“Having Nat Hodgkiss partnering Magnus in GT5 will be an excellent fit. Nat’s fifth place finish in his first outing in the GT5 last year clearly shows he has pace and I am sure will be looking to challenge for outright race victories.
“I am especially excited to have Nat’s younger brother, Jacob, joining us in Juniors. Having been following his brother’s racing for the last three years, he now has the chance to show him how it’s done!”
Packed grids and close racing makes the Ginetta GT5 Challenge a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers. In 2021, the series will compete across both British GT and British Touring Car Championship weekends, sharing a grid with the G40 Cup.
The Ginetta Junior Championship meanwhile is the UK’s longest running and most prestigious Junior series, offering the first step on the motorsport ladder for 14-17 year old racing drivers as they compete on the support bill for the British Touring Car Championship.