Elite Takes Ginetta GT5 Challenge Teams' Championship Lead

Ginetta GT5 Challenge
2022 Silverstone GP
May 9, 2022

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Elite Motorsport’s Will Jenkins and Karim Sekkat go to Thruxton for the next Protyre Ginetta GT5 Challenge event later this month (28-29 May) placed second - just one point off the lead - and first in the “Pro” and “Am” categories respectively.

Harley Haughton remains fourth, Harry Mangion is ninth while Elite now leads the Team’s Championship after the opening eight races.

Jenkins made it an all Elite front Row for Races 1 & 2 at Silverstone last weekend (7-8 May), his third and fourth front row starts of the season despite not hooking up the ideal lap. A clutch issue at the start combined with contact caused him to drop to eighth in the “opener” before recovering to take third-place – less than half a second behind the winner. Will then fulfilled a dream by scoring a comfortable victory on the famous Northamptonshire Grand Prix circuit plus fastest race lap in Race 2 – his third win of the season to place himself right in the title hunt.

Haughton claimed his third and fourth consecutive “pole” positions of the season for Races 1 & 2. He led until the penultimate lap but was squeezed out battling over the win, dropping to fourth at the flag. Harley looked set for second-place and an Elite 1-2 in Race 2 but was nudged from behind with less than five minutes remaining, recovering to fifth at the flag.

Mangion suffered a disappointing quali, unable to capitalise on a drying track, but had two top-nine finishes, netting ninth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2 having fought for sixth place until the last lap to end a frustrating weekend. Sekkat, meanwhile, enjoyed a very successful two days, securing double “Am” pole-positions plus two excellent class victories – his first wins of the season to lead a championship for the very first time.

Eddie Ives, Team Owner & Manager:

“I'm over the moon with our Ginetta GT5 squad. Harley and Will were the fastest pair from Friday morning in testing through to Sunday evening and its brilliant to come home with some good results. 

“It was a shame Harley was knocked off in Race 2 as it would have been a fairy-tale one-two. Harry once again showed some excellent pace in Race 2, with practically the fastest lap, so I’m really pleased with his progress. 

“In the ‘AM’ class, Karim took a double pole, two wins and the championship lead so I’d say that was the clean sweep. It was awesome to see the team morale so high as all they all deserve these mega results.”