Ginetta Cars Australia will return to Mount Panorama with a two-car assault on the highly-competitive GT4 class at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour on 2-4 February, 2018.
Prepared under the guidance of GT3 and former Ginetta racer Mark Griffith, the team will field a pair of Ginetta G55 GT4 cars with a strong driver pairing assembled for the race.
Factory Ginetta driver Mike Simpson heads up the #77 entry, the Englishman joining reigning GT4 class podium finishers Lindsay Kearns and Coleby Cowham. The Queensland pair are long-time endurance partners, having claimed class victory at the Bathurst 6 Hour production car race and Kearns being an experienced endurance driver with MARC Cars Australia.
After his first drive of the car at a pre-event test day at Queensland Raceway, Cowham was impressed by the drivability of the G55 GT4.
“It’s a proper race car,” said Cowham.
“You’re late on the brakes, it’s got plenty of grip and aero through the corners. It’s like nothing i’ve driven, you’ve got to really grab it and give it your all every lap.”
“It’s great to be heading to Bathurst with my mate Lindsay [Kearns] again. He’s always fast, reliable and looks after the car, and to be running with one of the Ginetta factory drivers is pretty exciting to be able to learn and absorb their knowledge of the car.
The second entry (#88) will be fielded by Ginetta junior driver and 2017 British GT4 champion Will Tregurtha and former Aussie Racing Car teammates Ben Walsh and Jaie Robson.
The pair are both race winners in the competitive one-make legend car series, and are looking forward to pairing up for their maiden Bathurst 12 Hour.
“As a kid I’ve grown up dreaming of racing at Bathurst, and to actually be about to do it is phenomenal. I’m just going to take it all in,” said Robson.
“I’ve got no doubt that Jaie and I will make a strong combination, we both run really strong together and bounce off each other. With the addition of the factory driver with all their experience in that car, i’m feeling positive about it,” said Walsh.
The #77 Cowham/Kearns/Simpson entry will be supported by Trader GSM, Haymans Electrical Burleigh Heads, Fuzion Lighting, Escape Energy, Juuce and Scotts Rods, while the #88 Robson/Walsh/Tregurtha car is supported by Car City, Miss Moneypennys, Fat Freddy’s Beach Bar and Diner, Raceline Motorsport Racewear, Aussie Driver Search and Liquid Clothing.
The two-car team will combat the toughest entry list yet for the GT4 class, as the interest in the more affordable, less modified version of the successful GT3 category continues to build. The 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour promises to be the biggest yet, as it cements its place as one of the most significant GT races on the global motorsport calendar.
Tickets remain available for the event, with race day General Admission tickets priced from just $46, including free access to the paddock area.