The news is out!!!

The news is out!!!

Alex Toth-Jones announces move to British GT with TF Sport in new Aston Martin GT4

Having finished his Ginetta GT5 season on a high at Donington with a podium finish and ending 5th in the Championship Bradford racing driver Alex is now pleased to announced that he has signed with top GT team TF Sport to race the new Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in the British GT Championship in 2019.

With support from sponsors Tailored Resourcing and Accountancy, he has clear ambitions in the British GT Championship and ultimately has set his sights on competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  
“The British GT Championship is where I and my sponsors want to be next year,” Alex explained. “From Silverstone onwards we were speaking with teams and looking at who would be best to run with. After careful consideration over summer and weighing up all options with some of the top teams in British GT, we have made the decision to go with the best overall package and stepping stone to the Le Mans dream with TF Sport. I was always interested in racing the new Aston Martin GT4 car and so when the opportunity arose TF made the cut as they are the biggest AMR customer team in the world.

“I’ve enjoyed my three years in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge,” Alex continued. “year one was very much just about getting a shoe-in and some racing laps. Year two was a full season and we challenged for podium, while this year we have achieved that on multiple occasions. We were perhaps a bit unlucky on some occasions, but we finished the season on a high at Donington and I developed a lot as a racer over the season.

“Now I’m really excited just to see the new car for 2019, let alone drive it! It will be a close championship but I am confident that the new Aston Martin will be super-competitive.”

TF Sport last competed in the British GT4 category in 2014, ending what was their debut season in a strong second position. Since then the team has focused with great success on the GT3 programme but with a new generation of racing car becoming available from Aston Martin, the team are looking forward to expanding their programme next season.

“It’s really exciting to start our GT4 journey in the new generation Aston Martin GT4 and it’s great to have a driver like Alex coming on board,” said TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier. “We’re currently looking for a young and competitive teammate to race with him and put together a title challenge for the 2019 season.”


Alex expects to begin the testing programme in early January.

 For more information on TF Sport www.tfsport.co.uk website, Instagram Stories @TF_Sport or @OfficialTFSport on Twitter.

 

 

Ending the Season on a high

With 500 guests, 2000 orange hats, a double page spread in Autosport magazine, article in the programme and 50 guests in VIP hosoitality we were finishing the season on a high!

Alex was on the pace in testing following and engine change and was looking good for the weekend. Alex qualified seventh on the grid for race one, which was held in wet conditions on Saturday afternoon.

Race One – A storming start saw Alex rocket up to P2 on the opening lap, but a set-up gamble would work against him as he found himself struggling for rear-end grip as the race wore on. As a result, he would slip back to sixth spot by the finish – not helped by a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits.

Race Two would prove to be a chaotic affair, with Alex moving up two spots at the start before the safety car was deployed for an incident further down the field.
With only 4 racing laps left when the safety car was withdrawn, Alex battling hard to find a way ahead of rival Geri Nicosia. After a great battle he secured a place on the podium following an astonishing move that saw the pair run side-by-side for almost half a lap before Alex edged ahead into The Esses.

Race Three – Reverse grid meant Alex started 7th with another strong start vaulting him up  into P4 on the 1st corner before an accident forced officials to halt the action and the race had to be re started.

Unfortunatly as Alex set off for the green flag lap his door would not shut! He was forced to dive into the pits before the restart to allow the team to fix it and so was only able to join the action once the race had got underway.

With only 6 laps remaining Alex made sn astonishing run to the finish which saw him lapping quicker than anyone else on track as he not only caught the pack ahead, but also climbed up to twelfth spot by the time the chequered flag dropped making up 14 places.

“We faced every all conditions over the weekend and we were strong in all of them,” he said. “The car was absolutely awesome and the team had fixed the issues with the engine that we had at Knockhill & Spa, which allowed us to return to the kind of form we know we are capable of.

“The start to Race one was great but we had taken a bit of a risk with the set-up on the car and as the race wore on, I was struggling with rear traction and couldn’t maintain my place.

Race two however was awesome and to get a podium finish from the few racing laps there were was brilliant. It’s a result that was overdue and came after one of my best moves of the season to get the place from Geri.

Race three was unfortunate because we’d made up places before the red flag and then I had to pit before the restart, which meant I was at least five seconds off the back of the pack when the lights went out.

To come from there to finish twelfth – and to be the quickest car on track whilst running in traffic – was a great way to end the year and, if I put the result to one side, was arguably my best drive of the season.”

Alex ends the season fifth in the championship standings with a pole position and four podium finishes to his name.

A massive thank you to sponsors Brendan Beeken & Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy for all their support over the season they have been awsome! Also to Lodestone Projects & Proceed Group, my parents who have worked so hard to keep me racing and to all our family, guests, fans, followers for your support #Bertgoose will be back next year but may have had a little make over – watch this space………

Knockhill fighting the Scottish weather!

With Bert all fixed we were excited for Knockhill especially as it’s a BTCC weekend so live on TV.

I felt confident we would be back on the front-running pace this weekend after testing, although it proved to be a challenging weekend in Scotland. Qualifying was mental and it all came down to being able to get one clear lap on a busy track, so P7 on the grid for race one wasn’t too bad.

In the race 1 however, we didn’t seem to have the same power as some of the other cars, which meant I couldn’t make as much progress as I hoped and to finish 6th was a good result.

Rain on Sunday provided a new challenge and resulted in a messy race that had to be restarted after a multi-car incident on the opening lap. In ver difficult wet conditions I fought hard but finished 8th as still dealing with power issues.

We were down in the speed traps again in race two, and when you also add in the wet conditions that led to plenty of carnage and safety cars, I think we did well to pick up 8th and come back in one piece!

I think I got the most I could from the weekend, and as a team, we need to look at why we were down on power ahead of the final rounds at Donington in September where I’m keen to fight for a place on the podium, particularly as I’ll have about 500 guests coming along to support me!

 

You all Helped fix Bert Goose!

My car Bert Goose was badly damaged when I was pushed off the track at Spa. Unfortunately we had run out of damages budget so we set up a crowd funding page to get us back on track in time for Knockhill.

And we are amazed at the response from our followers! So much so they helped Bert get back on track in time for Knockhill BTCC.

Big thank you to the following people

Agile Acoustics, Stuart Jones, Emma Taylor, Chris Seville, Party Perfection, David Williams, Sam Waugh, Claire Mitchell King, Kirsty Fleming, Maureen Jones, The Grists, Phil Boyle, Matt Worthington, Amy Webster, Scott Brown, Brogan Moore, Emma Williams, Joanna Taylor Agostino, Sebastian Arenram, Mick & Margaret Craven, Shannon Greenwood, Melanie Stainton, Gareth Griffith, Dawn Moorcroft, Charlotte Hogan, Peter Lenartowicz, Rebecca Forrest, Nicola Kinrade, Sorrell Bloom, Natasha Lapsley, Jack Worthington, Chris Gautrey, Paul Gelling, Phil Ogle, Brendan Beeken, Sharron Gautrey, Ally Cubbon, Ethan Benjamin, James Young, XKX Projects, Simon Whitaker.

We couldn’t have done it without you guys you are amazing!

Spa doesn’t like me

Well I’ve decided that Spa doesn’t like me!

60 cars on the grid with 2 championship combined for the weekend in temps of around 30deg.

Testing went well early in the week but come to qualifying and I struggled to get a clear lap in especially as there was a red flag which reduced the time down.

Qualifying 7th wasn’t the best and we were also struggling with pace in the lower gears and tyres all weekend unfortunately.

Race 1 saw a 3 car crash on the 1st lap resulting in a safety car procession for most of the race and still struggling with pace and tyres finished a disappointing 12th.

Race 2 started 12th and made up a few places on start then another 3 car crash and safety car came out again and went in with about 4mins to go, unfortunately I then get turned in on whilst overtaking a car at 120mph which sent me into a spin smashing into the barrier at Blanchimant – game over almost a carbon copy of my crash in 2016!
My car (Bert Goose) was a right off and we didn’t have the budget left to fix it so we set up a crowdfunding page and thanks to some amazing people we managed to raise most of the money to enable us to race in the next round at Knockhill BTCC. The appeal is open till 30th Aug so there is still time to donate at – www.crowdfundinghelpfixbertgoose.co.uk

 

 

 

Silverstone June 18 Highs Lows and a sea of orange!

June was a mix of highs and lows on and off the track for me this month.

Ginetta GT5 Challenge headed for Silverstone and was teamed up on the grid with another Ginetta series G40 Cup, a field of more than 50 cars took the track on the GP circuit.

And because we don’t like to do anything by halves we also had VIP 90 guests in hospitality 4 promo girls 1000 orange Bertgoose hats and 1000 foam fingers to give out!

Mechanical issues had hindered me early in the week in testing and Qualifying was tough to qualify p5 considering how much traffic was on the track was really good. Race one however was a real struggle as we were down on power for some reason and while I did the best I could, it was a case of damage limitation and finished 8th.

I had to fight really hard to get the result so to be handed a reprimand for contact during the race that has cost me ten championship points was frustrating as I felt it was nothing more than a racing incident.

I put that to the back of mind for race two and with the team having fixed the power issue, I drove out of my skin to get into third and made a small mistake that resulted in the track limits penalty putting me back to 5th position.

Despite that, I’m happy with how I drove and it’s just unfortunate that a few issues hampered our chances as I feel we had the pace to bring home a top three finish. However, I’m confident that we can be back on the podium at Spa when we head there for the next round 21/22 July.  

 

Off the track was another story our VIP guests had a fantastic time, there was a sea of orange hats and foam fingers where ever you looked so a great promo weekend.

 

Not only that my main sponsors Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy showcase my car at their networking event in Manchester and treated me to the Grand Prix Ball in London and we were also VIP guests of Sahara Force India at the Silverstone Grand Prix which was awesome and I won the F1 simulator competition too!. #luckyyorkshirelad

 

Now onto Spa Francochamps for the SRO Speed week!

 

Pole & Podium results at Thruxton for Alex

Another solid weekend for Alex as the Ginetta GT5 Challenge joined the British Touring Car Thruxton spectacle for the first time of the year!

Qualifying saw Alex storm to his maiden pole position by nearly half the second before returning to the pit lane early to sit and watch his competitors continue to pound round the high speed Thruxton circuit trying unsuccessfully to better his time!

When the opening race got underway Alex maintained the lead until the red flags after an incident down the field. Alex maintained his position after the second restart and at the head of the field began to set the pace but found himself unable to break the tow on the vast straights and high speed sectors of the Thruxton circuit, therefore struggling to get away from the chasing pack.

The pressure from behind would tell on the eighth lap as he slipped back to fourth place but in a four-car fight that would run right through to the finish, he emerged with third place finish. A solid result after such a close and tough race.Image may contain: car and outdoor

Race two in front of a bumper crowd and live TV coverage saw Alex once again challenging at the front of the field, having run in a podium position in the early stages, Alex hit the front on lap eight. He held the lead well on older tyres than his surrounding competitors, however a small error exiting the final corner then allowed the chasing pack to fight back and Alex would end the race just off the podium in fourth spot only 0.8 of a second off the leader in a photo finish between the top 2.

Alex Toth-Jones, #2 Ginetta G40, said:
“It’s been another strong weekend and we’ve put more good points on the board. After the performance at Rockingham last time out, it was important to show that our results there weren’t a one-off and we have shown here that we are genuine contenders.

“I didn’t expect to qualify on pole by such a margin but this is a circuit where it is so difficult to try and win because you have to break the tow if you don’t want to come under attack from behind.
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“To finish third in race one was a good result and whilst I’d have loved to pick up more silverware in race two, it’s the points that will be important as the season goes on and we’ve added some good points to our tally this weekend.”

“Sitting 4th in the championship now is good going into the next few rounds where I feel we have very strong pace and can be quicker than some of my main competitors. It’s also nice to now have a small gap to 5th meaning we have a good buffer to push on and really challenge!”

Big thank you as always to the Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy for all their support and the orange Bert Goose hats! And to Richardson Racing, Lodestone Projects & Proceed Group and of course to my parents couldn’t do it without them.

 

Double Podium for Toth-Jones at Rockingham

Fantastic weekend for Alex at Rockingham as he took his maiden podium in Ginetta GT5 Challenge – Race 1 & repeated it again in Race 2.

Despite losing time to traffic on his best lap in qualifying, Alex qualified fifth on the grid for the opening race in challenging wet conditions.
The wet weather continued into the opening race, but a storming start from Alex saw him jump up to second place when the lights went out.
Breaking away from the chasing pack alongside leader James Kellett, Alex would keep his rival honest throughout before taking the flag in second place for his first podium finish.

Race two in dry conditions on Sunday saw Alex starting on the front row of the grid, he jumped into the lead off the line before Kellett was able to find a way back through. Alex put the leader under ever increasing pressure but yellow flags at the Deene Hairpin – one of the best overtaking opportunities on the circuit – meant he was unable to make a move for the lead. As a result, he once again settled for second place podium finish.
Race three saw Alex jump up to third place from seventh on the reverse grid, but his hopes of a third podium ended by some aggressive driving from his rivals that ultimately resulted in him slipping down to seventh with a damaged car.

Alex said:
“What a weekend! The car has been awesome and to be honest, I was a bit disappointed when we qualified in P5 as without traffic we could have been on the front row of the grid. I made a great start and to run nose-to-tail with Kellett throughout was mega. It was brilliant to get my first podium and even more special when it was at the home circuit for the team.
“Race 2 was great to get into the lead at the start but then I made a small mistake and dropped back to second again. I really think I could have had the win without the yellow flags as I was so much quicker through that part of the circuit, but another podium is good.
“After another mega start in race three, there was a lot of over aggressive driving and defending which meant I got hit a number of times but we picked up more good points in seventh. To jump up to fourth in the standings is great and I’m delighted to have put on a good show in front of my sponsors Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy , Lodestone & Proceed who joined us as VIP guests for the weekend.

It was a mega feeling to stand on the podium and one I could get used to! Thanks again to the team, sponsors and my parents for their support – Bring on Thruxton!”

#yorkshirelad #weareginetta #racetowin #livingthedream #gingerninja #bertgoose #dreambig

 

 

Oulton Park Round 1 – Battling the weather!

So much for Spring!

Very wet conditions greeted us ahead of qualifying on Easter Monday.

In Qualifying a mid-session Red flag left me with limited laps in which to secure my grid slot, but I managed to finish a solid sixth before the chequered flag flew.

Race 1 still raining hard saw me keep my 6th position to the end.

I could see my sights on a podium in Race 2 after a strong start to race two, and was running inside the top six going into the fourth lap but Sadly, when one of my rivals suffered a spin going into the Shell Oils Hairpin, I was left with nowhere to go and was forced out deep into the gravel with damaged  – game over.

Worsening weather conditions meant the meeting was abandoned before race three could take place, with that race to be rescheduled to a new date later in the year.

“Even with the DNF in race two, it’s been a great weekend because it has cemented my knowledge that we are one of the quickest teams out there and we are capable of pushing for the podium places.

“In challenging conditions, we took a strong sixth place in race one and we certainly had the pace to fight for a podium in race two. The car felt absolutely mega and it was just unfortunate that I got caught up in someone else’s incident; there was nothing I could have done.

“I feel there is a lot we can take away from the weekend, and the aim is to take the pace we have shown here and try and get the podium we deserve next time out.”

It was lovely to meet all my VIP guests from Tailored Resourcing & Accountancy & DALEC Electrical along with my mini VIP guests.

Looking forward now to Round 2 at Rockingham at the end of April.

Alex Toth-Jones Ginetta GT5

Alex Toth-Jones Ginetta GT5

 

New Car Livery Launch for 2018

The new car livery, suit & helmet design was launched at the Ginetta Media day on 23rd March.

What do you think? We love it!

Big thanks to our new headline sponsor Tailored Services Resourcing & Accountancy and our long time sponsors Lodestone Projects & Proceed Group for making it happen.

Looking forward to the 1st race of the season at Oulton Park on 2nd April.