Ginetta Buys Blyton Park Driving Centre (23.03.17)

Blyton Park Driving Centre near Gainsborough has been acquired by Ginetta and the Leeds-based manufacturer plans to develop the facility to enhance the customer experience.

The Blyton Park Driving Centre is based at what was formally an airfield. First opened in 1942, RAF Blyton was initially used to train Polish aircrew learning to fly Wellington bombers. At the end of the war, the airfield was allocated to the US Airforce at which time the grass runways were laid with tarmac. The airfield closed in 1954 and was acquired by Managing Director Richard Usher in 2011.

Today the facility offers seven different circuit layouts, including a rallycross configuration, and offers track hire, testing facilities and motorsport experiences.

Ginetta currently uses the facility for car shakedowns and as a venue for customer and corporate track events.

Ginetta Commercial Director Nick Portlock is excited at the opportunities that acquiring the Blyton Park Driving Centre offers Ginetta.

“The purchase of Blyton Park made ideal sense to Ginetta,” said Portlock. “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 use the facility.”

Blyton Park Managing Director Richard Usher will continue to manage day-to-day operations for the new owners.

“Ginetta and I have a fantastic passion for motorsport and are keen to see racing talent flourish,” said Usher. “The circuit has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years and the purchase by Ginetta is exactly what we need to continue the development.”

The Blyton Park Driving Centre can be reached at www.blytonpark.co.uk for information and bookings.