Manvers team gears up for motorsport success

By Michael Upton | 23/01/2018

Manvers team gears up for motorsport success
Driving champion Rob Gaffney (far left) and John Gaffney (far right) from Amigo Motorsport with new Gala Performance race team members (from second left) Mark Thompson, Glen Robinson and Andrew Scott.

THREE company directors have their sights on motorsports success by setting up their own race team — and are pinning their hopes on a trusty Citroen C1.

Andrew Scott and Mark Thompson, both directors of Manvers-based Gala Tent, are teaming up with Glen Robinson, managing director of sister company Gala Graphics, to try their luck in the C1 Racing Club endurance series.

The series starts at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby in May this year.  

The three will be working closely with 2015 GT Cup champion Rob Gaffney of Amigo Motorsport in the hope some of his skills rub off on them.

Mark said: “I had always fancied having a go at endurance racing and this just seemed an opportunity too good to miss.  

“Not only will we be able to take part in a sport we’ve all followed for years, but we’ll be having the same experience as many of our motorsports customers, so will get to understand even better what they need from performance ware, tools, pop up gazebos, pit walls and other equipment.”

Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent, said: “Motorsports is a rapidly growing part of our business, which is the reason why we set up our dedicated motorsports business Gala Performance two years ago. 

“Since then, the business has gone from strength to strength and we were delighted to be one of the main sponsors of the United Autosport team that won the 2016 and 2017 European Le Mans LMP3 titles!  

“We’re not expecting to achieve these kind of dizzy heights straight away with our own team, but we're excited about this new venture and hope it will help us to enhance and innovative within our product range.”

Gala Performance’s products for the motorsports sector include garage flooring, lifting equipment, pit walling and as well as pop-up awnings and gazebos.