Despite having recently announced its graduation to the top class of the British GT Championship for 2017, Century Motorsport will continue its commitment to the GT4 class, the team confirmed on Wednesday.
It will mount a two-car challenge for the title with a pair of Ginetta G55 GT4s, in addition to the two GT3-spec Ginettas already confirmed in a factory program with the British manufacturer.
Anna Walewska will return to the team in the University of Bolton-backed car, joining Mike Simpson, who replaces team principal Nathan Freke.
“It’s great to be back in British GT with Century Motorsport after our success last year,” Walewska said.
“I am excited to race with Mike Simpson who has so much experience to bring to the team, together we will be a fierce driver pairing and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.”
Securing his maiden Ginetta run in the 2009 GT4 championship, Mike Simpson is returning to familiar ground, however this time vastly more experienced.
With many results of note over the last few years, including being a key figure in the re-development of Ginetta’s GT4-spec G55 over the winter, Simpson too hopes that this year will be a successful and lucrative one in terms of results.
“My Ginetta driving career started in a GT4 back in 2009, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to rediscover my roots,” he added.
“Century Motorsport and the University of Bolton have a good record in British GT and with Anna about to start her third season in the championship, I firmly believe we will challenge for the Pro-Am title as well as the overall British GT4 title.”
Joining them in 2017 to make their British GT debuts will be Stephen Fresle and Jacob Mathiassen, who replace the No. 40 entry of Aleksander Schjerpen and Sean Byrne from last season.
The British-Danish pairing first joined forces in 2016 to compete quite successfully in the Britcar Endurance Championship, narrowly missing out on the overall title by a slender margin at the final round.
The pair are hoping that maintaining their partnership in 2017 will be a key factor to a smooth transition into one of Europe’s biggest GT series.
“I can’t really believe it, a couple of weeks ago, we were looking around for an endurance series to compete in and then boom, Nathan secured a British GT4 entry!” commented Fresle.
“Jacob wanted to continue the partnership and here we are on the best national GT grid in racing, it’s totally nuts.
“We had a great season in 2016 and to keep that partnership together is something we all wanted to achieve and I can’t thank Century enough for making it happen.”
The two Century cars bring the number of confirmed GT4 entries up to 17, seven of which are Ginettas. With its GT3 Ginettas, Century also becomes the only team to field four cars in the series.