Defending Ginetta GT5 Challenge Team Champions begin 2021 Season in Stunning Style

Ginetta GT5 Challenge
May 11, 2021

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Elite Motorsport score seven podiums including two wins in opening race at Thruxton

Reigning Ginetta GT5 Challenge Team champions Elite Motorsport got this year’s series off to a flying start when the Norfolk team scored a total of seven podiums – including two victories – to lead the Teams plus both the Driver’s GT5 Pro and GT5 Am points standings after the opening two races at Thruxton (8-9 May).  

John Bennett scored his maiden outright GT5 victory when he led home GT5 débutant Will Aspin by 2.4secs in yesterday’s first race. Bennett and Aspin, starting fourth and fifth respectively on the 32-car grid, headed the field from lap nine in the 15-lap race. GT5 newcomer Harry Mangion headed Karim Sekkat in the Am category in Race 1 run in windy and drying track conditions. Mangion had missed out on a GT5 Am “pole” by 0.010secs, spun on the opening lap of the re-started race, but recovered spectacularly. Race 1 had been red-flagged on the opening lap after a multi-car accident, 2020 GT5 Am series runner-up Sekkat’s Ginetta needing repairs necessitating a pit-lane start for the re-start.

Race 2, staged in much warmer and dry conditions, saw a lengthy Safety Car period on lap one when Sekkat retired after a high-speed incident with an Am rival. Bennett moved up to second place with eight minutes remaining – a position he comfortably retained to the chequered flag – while Aspin charged into fifth a lap later, both Elite drivers trading fastest race laps. At the finish following 15-laps, Will came out on top of a hectic three-car battle for third. Harley Haughton lies eighth in the standings, after scoring seventh – from a 17th place grid start – and 14th placings on his car racing début.  In the Am category, Mangion recorded second-place despite a spin – just 1.1secs behind the class winner – and set the fastest Am race lap.

Eddie Ives - Elite Motorsport Team Owner & Manager:

“It’s a great start to our GT5 season. To be leading the Teams’ and 1-2 in the Driver’s standings is fantastic and shows just how hard everyone at Elite has been working.
“We made the right call on tyres to go onto slicks in Race 1. Both John [Bennett] and Will [Aspin] did mega jobs over the weekend – especially considering that in Race 2, we were a little behind our rivals on [slick] tyre mileage.
“Harry [Mangion] was super fast but suffered a couple of spins in each race. Karim [Sekkat] did very well in Race 1 considering he started from the pit-lane but unfortunately made a mistake in Race 2. Harley [Haughton] was unable to show his true pace as we had some issues with his car. But nevertheless a great start to the season.”

The next Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge/Ginetta G40 Cup races are staged at Brands Hatch (GP) over 22-23 May.