Double G50 race winner at Brands Hatch, Reece Somerfield is set to make the step up into Ginetta's premier racing class, after swapping his G50, for a G55 as we head to Donington Park for the second meeting of the year.
The 24 year old from Pelsall, West Midlands finished in the top two of the G50 class across the three opening rounds of the Michelin Ginetta GT Supercup over Easter; in the same G50 he raced to third in the G50 cup championship in 2012.
Sensing his ability to challenge for wins in the premier class after finishing tenth overall in a field of 17 cars – beating no less than three G55 racers in the process – in race two at Brands Hatch, Somerfield elected to progress into the higher class early on in the season, to ensure the best possible start to his G55 career.
Having been presented with the coveted 'Spirit Of The Championship' honour at the Ginetta Awards Dinner in January this year, the Forkers Civil and Ground Engineering backed driver said; "I loved racing the G50 Cup car, however, at the end of last year and the start of this, I found myself running amongst the back end of the G55 field, in what was essentially a less powerful car. Therefore, I began to think 'I wonder what I could be doing in the G55', so, hopefully, this weekend we will find out."
Max Gregory, Championship's Manager said; "Having learned his racecraft in the G50, Reece showed promise in 2012, earning some great results in the latter part of the season and finishing third in the championship. It makes sense for Reece to switch to the G55 early on in the season so he can really challenge for championship points. We are looking forward to seeing how he gets on this weekend."
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