The Ginetta GT4 Supercup is another new challenge for United Autosports, having already announced their two-car entry into the British Touring Car Championship and their usual slot in the British GT Championship with the Audi R8 LMS ultra. United Autosports are hoping to create a GT ‘feeder team’ with the addition of the GT4 championship in 2014. United have also welcomed former Ginetta Championships Manager, Max Gregory to the team to co-ordinate the feeder GT programme.
The Leeds-based team will be running a Ginetta G55 with driver Luke Davenport, who is no stranger to Ginetta. Luke competed in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, a support race to the British GT Championship, coming fourth in the championship in 2013, taking multiple podiums and a race win along the way. Luke will be taking a step up to the BTCC-supporting G55 category next year as he aims to progress his racing career.
Luke completed a successful preliminary test with the team at Donington Park on the 5th December, completing around 75 laps in a 2013 specification car, prior to taking delivery of his new Ginetta G55 in early 2014.
The first round of the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup Championship will be at Brands Hatch at the end of March.
Max Gregory, Project and Business Development Manager, United Autosports:
“We are excited to be adding another championship to our calendar next year. It will be a busy year, but we can see the merit in the GT4 Supercup as a feeder for our GT and BTCC campaigns, as it is a route many drivers have already taken. We are also really pleased to have Luke on board; he is a great up-and-coming driver and very enthusiastic about his racing career. Next year will be extremely busy for us but we are looking forward to the challenge and are expanding the team as we continue to grow. To be in a position where all these drivers want to be a part of our team in only our fifth year of competing is a great feeling and something to be really proud of.”
Luke Davenport, Driver, United Autosports:
“It is a big privilege for me to be competing with United Autosports next year. They are a team I have aspired to join for a long time and I feel they provide me with the best opportunity to further my learning in the sport. It is great to hear that the Ginetta Supercup looks set to be such a tightly fought championship in 2014. I expect the high calibre of competition to be a great test of my prior experience in the Ginetta Challenge. I would like to thank Henderson Insurance, my family and Frimstone Ltd for their continued support for next year.”
Created in 2009, United Autosports is co-owned by American Zak Brown and Briton Richard Dean, both successful entrepreneurs and international racing drivers. The unique Anglo-American team fields two Toyota Avensis cars in the British Touring Car Championship at tracks all over the UK and one Audi R8 LMS ultra in the British GT Championship across the UK and Europe. They also run a Ginetta G55 in the Ginetta GT Supercup. The team also looks after a range of rare historic Formula 1 and other racing cars as part of their Race Cars of Distinction collection. United Autosports also contest various special events throughout the year, such as the Bathurst 12 Hours (AUS), Spa 24 Hours (B), Macau GT Cup (CHN) and the Gulf 12 Hours (UAE)
Source. United Autosports