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Blyton Park track sold to Yorkshire car manufacturer Ginetta

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Gainsborough test track Blyton Park Driving Centre has been bought by Yorkshire car manufacturer Ginetta, a subsidiary of the LNT Group.

Former owner of Blyton Park Driving Centre Richard Usher will continue to manage day to day operations for Ginetta.

Blyton is on of the UK’s busiest test facilities and Ginetta believe that its strong business proposition fits well its wider dedication to the sport.

The former RAF airfield was acquired by motorsport enthusiast Richard Usher before being repurposed as a one and a half mile tarmac circuit.

In May 2011, Blyton Park Driving Centre opened for business with the main activities being track and experience days as well as driver tuition.

Over the past six years, a number of alternate circuit configurations have been introduced and as a result, the track attracts various car and motorbike disciplines.

Licenced by the MSA for sprint competition, Blyton Park also hosts a number of rallycross and grasstrack events, as well as supermoto and superlites series.

As the new owner of Blyton, Ginetta’s priority will be to protect the flexibility it offers to drivers, manufacturers and motorsport fans alike across the sport.

Improvement plans are already in motion to enhance Blyton’s customer experience through progressive development of the circuit.

Plans include additional circuit configurations within the existing complex, along with improved facilities for competitors.

Ginetta will continue to use the circuit for all car shakedowns, as well as a venue for customer and corporate track events with plans to make dedicated areas, such as a flat patch, available for customers to hire for set-up.

By keeping cars available on site, Ginetta will also give Blyton’s drivers and motorsport fans the opportunity to hire vehicles, including their G40 Club Car.

Nick Portlock, Ginetta Commercial Director said: “The purchase of Blyton Park made ideal business sense to Ginetta.

“It’s one of the UK’s biggest testing facilities and we are one of its biggest customers.

“We plan to invest in improving the customer offering and experience at the circuit, as it’s crucial for us to ensure it remains ‘business as usual’ with all manufacturers encouraged to continue to use the facility.”

Richard Usher, Blyton Park Managing Director, said: “Ginetta is heavily invested in their motorsport career ladder whilst Blyton Park is an ideal place to hone your race craft whether it be on two wheels or four.

“The purchase by Ginetta is exactly what we need to continue the development. I am incredibly excited to begin the next chapter in Blyton Park’s history and I am sure our customers are too.”