British Rallycross champion Nathan Heathcote switches to Ginetta GT4
2017 British Rallycross champion Nathan Heathcote will make the move to GT racing this year having entered the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup championship with Century Motorsport.
Heathcote has a hugely impressive CV in Rallycross, having won the 2016 Suzuki Swift Sport and then the British Rallycross title in 2017.
The 21-year-old stepped up to the international stage for 2018 ending the season 11th in the Driver’s standings but he now switches to circuit racing for the first time.
Speaking of the switch Heathcote said, “I am at a place in my career where I want to push on as hard as we can. I’ve made the decision to switch to circuit racing and the Millers Oils Ginetta GT4 SuperCup is a great series to be involved with and Century Motorsport the perfect team for experience.”
“I have never raced any of the circuits, so if I can get all my testing in and with the simulators being so realistic now I’ll go and smash out a few hundred laps of each circuit to build up the biggest knowledge base of each track as possible.”
Heathcote has already got some testing under his belt for the season ahead and he is pleased with how his preparations are going.
“The first test went really well, and a massive confidence boost as I know I have the ability, so it is a case of putting it all into action.”
Despite Heathcote’s lack of experience on tarmac circuits he has a number of skills that he feels can be transferred from Rallycross to Ginetta and hopes to be fighting at the front by the end of the season.
“There are definitely things I can take from Rallycross, like racing in the wet, car control and also circuit strategy, so I don’t think I’ll be on the backfoot too much.”
“I would like to be pushing up towards the front and fighting with the top guys. The dream is to be on the podium but in my first season I also need to be realistic as there is a lot of drivers who have experience.”
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