Xentek Motorsport Signs Talented Trio For Ginetta GT5 Challenge
Twice Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge champions, Xentek Motorsport, have signed a strong three-driver line-up for the championship’s Pro class this year.
The Yorkshire-headquartered squad, which has clinched the overall drivers’ title twice – with Ollie Chadwick (2016) and Scott McKenna (2019) – welcomes back Conner Garlick for a second season, alongside fellow GT5 returnee Josh Steed and championship debutant Mikey Doble.
Former Ginetta Junior racer Garlick made his long-awaited GT5 Challenge debut last season and immediately made his mark on the grid with a podium finish in only his second race. It was no fluke either, as the 17-year-old from Kent was a regular frontrunner throughout the season – ending 2020 firmly inside the top 10.
Conner Garlick: “I’m delighted to be back with Xentek Motorsport for 2021. We had a promising year in 2020 – despite the challenges thrown up by the pandemic – and I’m hopefully for a strong showing and plenty of silverware – bring it on!”
Steed meanwhile, made his GT5 Challenge debut in 2019 and produced a number of impressive performances – including taking a breakthrough podium finish Donington Park. Although the 18-year-old from Hertfordshire only contested one event last year, he impressed with a double top ten result.
Josh Steed: “I am really excited to be on board with such a credible and professional team for my 2021 title assault. I am here to win this season and it was obvious to me that Xentek were the team I wanted behind me to do it. With a great track record, they have lots of experience with everything I need to do to accomplish this.”
Completing the team’s Pro class line-up is Doble, who will be making his first foray in Ginetta racing this year – having made the switch from a trio of seasons in the BMW Compact Cup. With enjoyed back-to-back top six points finishes during that spell, the 22-year-old from Surrey is certainly one to watch.
Mikey Doble: “As an ambitious professional racer, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge is the perfect steppingstone to progress from club racing. I love racing in competitive championships, and to do it in front of a big audience is extremely exciting for me. I want to give myself the best shot at winning races and with Xentek Motorsport’s experience and past success, I feel confident they will provide me with the best opportunity going forward.”
Chris Richards, team manager:“Once again, we have an incredibly strong driver line-up going into the new season and as a team we’re incredibly excited about the potential within our garage. We’re looking forward to challenging for podium positions and collecting plenty of champagne and silverware throughout the year and who knows making this our third championship win in so many years."
Packed grids and close racing make the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers. In 2021, the series will compete across both British GT and British Touring Car Championship weekends, sharing a grid with the G40 Cup.