With Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton moving on, HHC have brought in newly crowned Ginetta GT4 Supercup champion Callum Pointon to partner the 2015 Ginetta Junior Rookie of the year Patrik Matthiesen. Matthiesen already has an impressive list of accolades to his name at just 19 years old having won the Creventic 24H TCE class in a Ginetta GT4.
British Touring Car driver Will Burns will also make the switch having finished second in the 2016 Ginetta GT4 Supercup, HHC are adding another experienced driver to their line up. Burns will partner Mike Newbold in a Pro/Am entry.
It is this experience that team boss Charlie Kemp is keen to build on:
“We’re really excited about British GT for next season and we’ve definitely got two driver line-ups that can impress,” he told Motorsport News. “In Callum we have a very proven young driver, who’s coming into British GT knowing the G55 inside-out, but from a sprint race format. Patrik we ran to the Ginetta Junior rookie title in 2015 and we know his pace. He’s bringing endurance racing experience, so together they should be right at the front.In Will and Mike we have a developing Pro/Am partnership with good experience. They won on their debut in the GT Cup and will be out for the Pro/Am title.This year went better than we could have wished in British GT, so it was natural to take our commitment a step further and run two cars. We’ve stuck with the Ginetta because it’s a proven car that we know well and gives us a nice continuity into our second season. Winning all three titles would be a dream.”
Pointon believes the endurance racing will suit his consistent driving style;
“It’s a shame we didn’t get a spot on the grid last year but things came about too late,”said the 23-year-old. “But this year HHC proved what they could do and we’ve got two cars to try and make this year even bigger and even better. This year still worked out for me. I felt I proved something with the GT4 Supercup title this year and I’ve improved as a driver again because of that. Consistency is what paid for me this year and that’s the key in British GT – bringing the car home. Patrick seems a very switched on driver. Looking at his record he often does the hardest stints in European GT racing – the four-hour ones in the most heat or the dark, so he’s clearly got the pace and the ability. I’ve still got things to learn, and the full GT4 cars have a bit more torque but less overall aero and grip because of the smaller wing and splitter changes, so there will be an adaption. But I’m confident Patrik and I can be a great partnership.”