Norfolk’s Elite Motorsport launches magnificent seven assault on titles
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Norfolk-based Elite Motorsport will probably have the biggest presence in the British Touring Car Championship paddock this season with the local squad set to run no less than seven cars across two categories.
New for the Shipdham squad this season will be an assault on the Michelin Ginetta GT4 SuperCup with Harry King, who will be stepping up from their Ginetta Junior team in which he proved a race winner for the local team.
'Really excited about the year ahead after two seasons in the Ginetta Junior Championship,' said King. 'It's a big step up to the GT4 Supercup, but I am delighted that I can make the move with the guys at Elite Motorsport and can't wait for the season to get underway.'
King finished in sixth place in the Ginetta Junior Championship last year, recording one victory at Knockhill in Scotland and posting another eight visits to the podium.
Elite will be continuing in the Ginetta Junior series with an expanded six-car squad, which will be led by Adam Smalley, who was victorious for the local team in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series held at Brands Hatch last November.
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Smalley, the Rookie vice-champion from the main series, secured the title with a double victory in the final two of four races to lift the crown for the local outfit.
'It couldn't have gone any better with pole, two wins and a championship. Roll on 2018,' said a jubilant Smalley after sealing the Winter Championship crown.
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Also returning to the team will be Greg Johnson, who ended his season by following team-mate Smalley across the finishing line in the final race of the Winter series, to claim third in the points table, and will be aiming to visit the podium more often.
Fin Green is another returnee to the Norfolk squad – he finished behind Johnson in last year's main series and also tasted the podium celebrations with third place in the opening event of the mini Winter series.
Two Rookie wins for Louis Foster gave him the title in the Ginetta Junior Winter series and he returns in an effort to continue that form while James Hedley, runner-up to Foster, and Ginetta Junior Scholarship front-runner Jonny Wilkinson complete the sextet of drivers for the Norfolk team.