Xentek Motorsport aim for 4TH Ginetta GT5 Challenge title in 2022
The Yorkshire based team, will be fielding a strong 4 car team for this year’s Ginetta GT5 Challenge, compromising of two PRO drivers and two AM drivers.
Xentek who are no strangers to success in the championship, became the most successful team in the championships history in 2021 after been crowned title holders once more with Josh Steed.
The PRO half of the team will consist of the highest place returnee Mickey Doble, and championship regular and podium finisher Connor Grady.
Mickey, who graduated to the Championship last year from BMW Compact Cup became a real fighting force towards the second half of last year, taking pole position at Donnington, as well as a win there and at Snetterton and has his sights set on silverware.
Mickey Doble: “I’m delighted to be racing with Xentek Motorsport again in 2022. My rookie season was very promising with some fantastic results. Pre-season testing is already well under way, and we continue the progression towards the goal of becoming champion. My thanks go out to my family, sponsors and everyone who has been involved and supported me so far”
Connor is hoping joining the team will give him the confidence and consistency he needs to challenge for even more podium finishes in 2022. He has proven himself time and time again in the championship, finishing in the championship in the top six in 2019 and has now chosen to let a team run him for the first time this year.
Conner Grady: ”I am excited to be joining the Championship winning team in Xentek. I have high expectations on having a consistently fast car and winning races. My Dad and I have had many podiums running the car ourselves over the last few seasons but have lacked the consistency we crave. I am looking forward to working with a professional team to bridge that gap.”
The AM half of the team will consist of AM race winner Bal Sidhu and Film/TV Stunt co-ordinator Neil Finnighan.
Bal who returns to the Championship for the 3rd year with Xentek Motorsport, showed his full potential last year taking one Race win and an additional four podium finishes. He is looking to continue his success from last year and consistently be on that top step.
Bal Sidhu: “I am looking forward to returning to the Championship again with Xentek in 2022. The AM class always produces excellent racing, and I am looking forward to battling for that top place. Last year was great for my progression and I look forward to continuing this further and to have more consistent podium finishes. “
Neil is a new addition to the team for the 2022 and as a former Commando, Falklands War veteran, stunt co-ordinator and published author – racing driver is just another thing to add to his CV. After racing in Caterham’s for a few years, Neil is looking forward to the challenge of Ginetta GT5.
Neil Finnighan: “I am looking forward to my first-year racing in a Ginetta Car and working with a professional team like Xentek. I am working Hard on my preseason testing to get up to speed and aim to compete for some AM class podiums”
Sarah-Jayne McKenna, Team Manager: “It’s fantastic to have Mikey and Bal back with us for 2022, they are real team players, and both showed their raw talent last year.
We’ve known Connor for several years and we are really looking forward to helping him unleash his true potential, he’s got some real skill in a GT5 and I’m sure working closely with Chris and the rest of the team that this will become apparent from the start of the season.
Neil is a real character and has already shown great commitment in pre-season. We look forward to working with him as the season progresses and getting him running at the sharp end of the AM class.
We are looking forward to 2022 being another successful year for us, we have a strong squad and a proven track record of our cars being the fastest and most reliable on the grid.
It’s always great to have more than one car in each class, this enables our drivers to work together and as well as the championship titles, we will be aiming for the team’s championship which we narrowly missed out on last year."