Start as you mean to go on - brand ambassador starts the season in pole position...

Ahead of the 2019 Ginetta GT5 season, British racing diver and brand ambassador Scott McKenna kicks off his season with a bang - by setting a new lap record and further being framed as a championship favourite.

Scott McKenna's car at the Championship Launch Day 2019 - Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey

The big first day

The championship launch day was held at Snetterton Circuit, Norwich on Tuesday 9th April. This is one of the first times the racers had an opportunity to get a sense of how the rest of the season will look as well as allowing them to size each other up, gauge tactics or certain driving traits of each other.

Scott McKenna's car at the Championship Launch Day 2019 - Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey

Clear skies and a good track temperature were near perfect conditions. Both McKenna and the other drivers shared excited, eager feelings throughout the day with a fantastic shared, positive mood.

Out of the 4 sessions held, Scott topped two of them including, of course, the new lap record.

Scott's thoughts

Scott McKenna at the Championship Launch Day 2019 - Image Credit: Jakob Ebrey

Setting a new lap record and then going on to be framed as a championship favourite...a very successful day. My performance was good, there is always room for improvement no matter if you are the fastest on the track or not. Overall it was an important day for us.'

This success for Scott is fantastic news for us here. Much like Scott, we realise the result of the championship isn't decided on the launch day, however, we're pleased that Scott has made a great start and eagerly wait for the championship to begin.

GT5 Challenge Race Calendar

There are 19 races over the course of 7 race weekends throughout the year. The first races take place on the bank holiday weekend of 20th to 22nd April.

Easter Weekend 20th to 22nd April
GT5 Challenge at Oulton Park in Cheshire alongside the Blancpain British GT and BRDC British F3 Championships.

Saturday 18th - 19th May
GT5 Challenge at Thruxton in Hampshire alongside the BTCC.

Saturday 8th - 9th June
GT5 Challenge at Silverstone alongside the British GT Championship and Silverstone 500 Supercar Sunday.

Saturday 22 - 23 June
GT5 Challenge at Donington Park alongside the British GT & BRDC British F3 Championships.

Saturday 6th - 7th July
GT5 Challenge at Zandvoort in the Netherlands as part of the British Race Festival.

Saturday 3rd - 4th August
GT5 Challenge at Snetterton alongside the BTCC.

Saturday 14th - 15th September
GT5 Challenge at Donington Park alongside the British GT & BRDC British F3 Championships.

We're really pleased to be working with Scott again this year so stay tuned to the WatchGecko Online Magazine and our social media pages for updates on Scott's races and for special offers and promotions throughout the 2019 GT5 season.