The teenage duo are ultimately be joined by a third Elite entry. 2021 marks the fourth consecutive year Elite has contested the series, winning the outright title in 2019 (Harry King) having also placed third (2018) and fourth (2020).
Emson continues in the GT4 SuperCup for a second consecutive year. In 2018, Tom was the sixth highest Rookie in Juniors as a privateer. He netted 11th overall again the following year with Elite despite missing the last six races. Emson contested the final two events in 2019, with Elite, graduating full-time to the category last year, claiming third-place in the Pro-Am division despite not running in the opening three races of this class.
SuperCup newcomer Rattican, who turned 17-years-old yesterday (21 Feb), was second in the 2018 IAME X30 World Karting Finals, finished runner-up to Elite’s Tom Lebbon in Ginetta Juniors last year – having finished ninth the previous year and the second highest Rookie. Josh, who was selected to join the Motorsport UK Academy last year, recorded 18 top-four placings from 21 races in 2020, an impressive tally which included four wins.
Elite has scored 40 Ginetta G55 SuperCup Pro Class podiums, including 19 outright race wins over the past three seasons while recording 11 Pro-AM and one AM class win last season. The 23-race 2021 Ginetta GT4 SuperCup is scheduled to begin at Snetterton, Elite Motorsport’s “local” track, over 15-16 May.
Tom Emson (GB). Age 18. Born: Ashford (UK). Lives: Etchinghill(UK):
“I am looking to progress and build momentum from the knowledge I gained last year. It was a big leap from Juniors to G55, the different driving style required and tyre changes was a lot to learn. I am hoping to be at the front challenging for the top step throughout the season.”
Josh Rattican (GB). Age 17. Born/Lives: Sheffield (UK):
“I’m delighted to be racing again with Elite Motorsport. We got together for the second half of my 2020 Ginetta Junior season and hit it off straight away. Ed [Ives] understands me and we work well together, as the results from last year proved. I’m confident that we have what it takes to win races in SuperCup and I have my eyes set firmly on the top prize.”
Eddie Ives, Elite Motorsport Team Owner & Manager:
“I’m delighted that Tom [Emson] and Josh [Rattican] will be racing for us in SuperCup this season. Tom now has a season of GT4 under his belt where he adapted very well from Juniors. Josh now has that transition to make but after his fine Junior season last year, I’m sure he’ll adjust to the GT4 quickly.
I’m certain both Tom and Josh will score good results this season. We’ll be running three-cars in SuperCup and will be announcing our third driver in the coming weeks.”