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Ruben Del Sarte Progresses To Ginetta GT5 Challenge With TCR

28th February 2019 • Simon Paice

Ruben Del Sarte will move up the Ginetta ladder of championships this season with an entry into the GT5 Challenge with Total Control Racing.

Del Sarte started his Ginetta journey with an entry into the Scholarship competition at the end of 2016, progressing through to the top ten, before making his car-racing debut in that year’s Winter Series ahead of a full campaign in 2017.

An impressive maiden season saw the Holland based Parisian driver record no less than ten Rookie Class podium finishes and a top ten overall championship finish, which provided the platform for a great 2018 as he joined forces with Total Control Racing.

The seventeen year old secured five overall podium finishes on his way to fifth position in the final points standings, before he brought his spell in Junior competition to a close on a high with a breakthrough victory as he narrowly missed out on Winter Series title glory. 

Ruben Del Sarte: “I am really happy to have the opportunity to race again this year thanks to Feline Fields, HPC and Slater and Gordon Lawyers. Staying with Total Control Racing was an easy decision, we did a fantastic job together last year, we work in trust and have a lot of fun.

“The Ginetta GT5 Challenge is the right choice for me after Juniors. While it’s the same car, the bigger engine and slick tyres on a huge grid will be a real thrill. It will also give me the opportunity to take a closer look at the British GT Championship, which is where I want to progress to.”

Lee Brookes, team manager: “We are really pleased that Ruben is staying with us for his step up to the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. Not only is he a nice guy, but he is also a very quick driver and I know that he has a good chance of fighting for the championship in his first season.”

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.