Century Motorsport set for Britcar return in 2016
11th March 2016
Photo: Moving up from a Lotus to the Ginetta G55 in 2015, Ruben has been consistently improving and will be looking to continue his progress in 2016. Credit: Jakob Ebrey
Century Motorsport will make a popular return to the Britcar Endurance Series for a full campaign with at least one car in 2016. The experienced Ginetta team will field a current-specification Ginetta G55 GT4 for GT Cup graduate Ruben Anakhasyan, with Ollie Hancock as co-driver, for the revitalised series.
The UK-based Russian stepped up to a Ginetta G55 in 2015, taking on selected rounds of the GT Cup Championship before completing his season at the final round of the Ginetta GT4 Supercup in Brands Hatch. Having previously raced a Lotus, Ruben made strong progress throughout the season, and used this experience to get his 2016 season underway at the Dubai 24 Hours. Looking for a fresh challenge, some longer races and to visit new circuits, Anakhasyan is confident that his 2016 season is set to be an exciting one.
Joining Ruben this season will be the highly experienced Ollie Hancock. The Windsor native has been by Anakhasyan’s side over the last couple of years acting as his driver coach and a key part of his development. Despite having not yet raced a Ginetta G55, Hancock’s experience is vast and varied, ranging from Historic Formula 1 cars to Aston Martin GT machinery and lots in between. Equally excited to be joining Ruben for the Britcar Endurance Series, Ollie will certainly be one of the front-runners this season.
Ruben Anakhasyan said “Now that the previous season is over and the new season is about to start, I can look back and say that moving to the Ginetta G55 and to Century Motorsport in 2015 was the right decision. With their supportive team, fantastic mechanics and reliable car, I’m looking forward to entering the Britcar Endurance Series in a couple of week’s time. GT Cup last year was a good point to start with. Now Britcar launches new challenges for me and I’m excited to meet them, longer races and a few new tracks that I can’t wait to explore. Spa-Francorchamps is going to be an excellent bonus race and I’m eager to race there again.
I’m also looking forward to driving with Ollie Hancock, who has been my coach for the last two years. Ollie has trained me ever since I started racing in Lotus and I believe we’ve achieved a lot together. Now it’ll be truly exciting to race alongside him in our Ginetta G55.”
Co-driver Ollie Hancock said “I am really excited to see what 2016 brings for us in the Britcar Endurance Series. I have been coaching Ruben for a long time now and he’s making huge leaps forward every time out, so it will be fun sharing a car with him in the longer races throughout the season. Century are a superb team who have always delivered and run a fantastic car, with plenty of experience in the longer races, it’s great to be doing a second season with them. I have never raced the Ginetta G55 GT4, but I’ve had plenty of seat time over the years with different clients. Britcar seems to have plenty of momentum this season with its new owners and has a great format, we are all keen to get going.”
Century Motorsport’s Team Principal Nathan Freke said “We’re delighted to be returning to the Britcar Endurance Championship this year, but this time for a full championship assault. Ruben was a very welcome addition to the team last year, and GT Cup was a great place for him to learn the Ginetta. Having come on leaps and bounds, I’m confident he will have a very strong season this year. Having a driver as strong as Ollie Hancock in the team is fantastic for everyone, but most importantly Ruben to make sure he can get up to speed as quickly as possible each weekend. I expect we will be on the podium this year and look forward to the championship getting started.”
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