Published: 05:00, 15 October 2021
The final round of the Ginetta GT Academy takes place this weekend - but Deal’s Toby Trice has already wrapped up the Championship and is planning ahead.
Trice became the winner of the inaugural competition with his performance last time out at Silverstone, having dominated the competition from the opening round.
He sits out the final round at Donington this weekend and is assessing his options as to whether to take on the Ginetta SuperCup or switch to the Porsche Carrera Cup, which could put him on a path to racing at Le Mans, which remains a big goal of his.
“The focus is now on next year,” said the championship driver.
“We have to weigh up the different options and it is a head or heart kind of situation.”
Trice is hoping to get more sponsors onboard to help him progress. The input from the likes of Railscape, LogixX Fertility, Carter’s Transport and ResultsHub helped fund his 2021 challenge.
Speaking about his title win, he said: “To have gone and dominated the series and come away as the champion with a weekend to go is surreal.
“Those guys who have sponsored me have made it happen. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
Trice is continuing to raise awareness of infertility and his on-track success has helped keep a spotlight on that. His last outing was live on ITV4.
He announced in August that after trying since 2014 he and fiancée Katie Housley will be having a baby boy in December.
“What a year it’s been,” he said. “It’s been pretty mad. I am just embracing it all, staying grounded and focusing on the bigger picture.”
His last weekend of racing at Silverstone saw him take fourth in class in the opening race before starting at the back of the grid in the second race, enjoying the challenge of working his way through the order to take seventh overall and P4 in class.
He started seventh on the grid the following day and wrapped up the title with third place after another thrilling outing.
He said: “The (final) race was incredible, it was insane, I was up to P4 within the first couple of corners, had a little bit of contact, some hard and fair racing. I had to focus and bring it home and as I crossed the line I was in tears.
“The year has been incredible and I have developed so much as a driver.
“I am the first GT Academy champion, there will only ever be one first and that feels phenomenal. Only in dreams could I have hoped for it. It is utterly insane and I am so grateful.”