Transport Manager Luke Pinder from Shipley, West Yorkshire will join the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge grid in 2017 after confirming an entry with his own team, Luke Pinder Racing With Jade Developments.

The 33 year old makes the switch from the Michelin Clio Cup series where he came fourth overall in 2016 and was crowned Road Series Champion in 2015. He also won the British R1 Rally and Suzuki Swift Sport Rally championships in 2009.

Now looking to increase his driver profile as part of the British GT and British Touring Car Championship support series, Luke is aiming to finish as high as possible in his first year in the series, picking up as much knowledge from the UK tracks during his time.

Luke Pinder, driver; “I’m really excited to be making the switch to Ginetta’s. They have been a manufacturer whose championships I’ve watched for years and always wanted to be a part of, so this is going to be a really exciting year for me. Hopefully my rally style of driving will bring a smile to the spectator faces too!”

The Ginetta GT5 Challenge offers a unique opportunity to race in a single-make racing championship whilst still being a part of the prestigious British GT and Touring Car weekends. The Ginetta GT5 Challenge is suitable for all ages and levels of race experience and is widely known as being the breeding ground for future professional drivers.

Joining the British GT Championship at five meetings, with an additional two as part of the British Touring Car Championship support bill, this seven-weekend series is a popular entry-level championship for many aspiring GT racers. The championship features both Professional and Amateur classes, a format which ensures competitors with time-consuming workloads are not at a disadvantage to those career racers who can test and train throughout the week.