Goodridge renews sponsorship contract with HTR, for 2020 season
Goodridge is pleased to announce the continued sponsorship agreement with LMP sportscar star, Harry Tincknell, for the 2020 season.
This will be the fourth year Goodridge has sponsored the 2014 LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hours Winner, who is currently competing in the Asian Le Mans Series for Thunderhead Carlin Racing.
Harry’s 2020 plans also include the popular US based IMSA series; driving for Mazda Team Joest in the RT24-P. In 2019, Harry accrued two pole positions for Mazda, securing their first major international victory in Sportscars since the 787B won Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991.
In addition, Harry will compete for Aston Martin Racing at the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours in the FIA World Endurance Championship; driving the #97 AMR Vantage in the FIA LMGTE Pro category. Another busy year for the 28 year old!
Goodridge Global CEO, Charles Bolton, commented:
‘This is a strong and unique relationship, both Goodridge and Harry hail from Devon, UK, both exciting the motorsport world and enjoying global success. It’s with great pleasure that we continue to partner with Harry on his racing journey’.
Goodridge USA CEO Thinh Pho commented:
“When we realised Harry had been successful in securing his position with Mazda Team Joest, in the US based IMSA series for 2020, it was an absolute must for us to find a way to work together in growing the Race business in North America”.
Harry Tincknell, said:
‘I’m very proud to partner with Goodridge for the 2020 season. It is a very exciting time to be involved with the Goodridge brand and I look forward to celebrating ongoing success together around the world”.
Headquartered in the UK, Goodridge operates from eleven manufacturing facilities throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas; supplying fluid transfer systems OEM automotive, EV, performance, motorsport, marine and defence markets. Goodridge celebrated its 50th anniversary milestone in 2019.
Image 1: Harry Tincknell – Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara P217
Image 2: Mazda Team Joest R24-P
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One of the most exciting talents currently in sportscars following success in single-seaters, Harry has quickly carved out a promising career on the world stage in just three years.
Having secured pole-position in his first-ever sports car race in 2014, Harry scored a debut Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 race win. His maiden LMP1 race came at Le Mans in 2015 having been selected as a Nissan NISMO “factory” driver. He won the 2016 European Le Mans Series title and with Ford Chip Ganassi Racing achieved runners-up in the FIA LMGTE Pro Teams’ Endurance Trophy of the FIA World Endurance Championship in his first full season going on to give the ”Blue Oval” 4 wins in the World Endurance Championship. In 2019 Harry was at the wheel when his factory Mazda Team Joest RT214-P crossed the line first giving Mazda their first win on the international stage since winning the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1991.
Ambitious, fresh and undeniably talented, Harry is a mature, confident sportsman and extremely passionate about his driving career.
Founded in 1969, Goodridge has developed from a single seat race team in Canada, to be the world’s leading manufacturer of performance fluid transfer systems. It operates in the OEM, automotive, motorcycle, motorsport, defence and specialist industrial sectors. This dynamic private company now manufactures in twelve facilities globally and supplies customers around the world with a unique combination of design, innovation, reliability and outstanding service. Goodridge operates globally with manufacturing and distribution operations in the UK, USA, Mexico and Europe, employing more than 400 people worldwide.
Goodridge was founded by Stuart Goodridge in Totnes in 1969. Following his return from a successful racing career in Canada, Stuart began assembling and selling aerospace fluid transfer components to motorsport race teams. The company remained housed in a listed building on Collins Road, Totnes, until 1988 when the company purchased and developed a site on the Exeter Airport Business Park. In the same year, plants were opened in France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Mexico, and two in the USA.
The airport site was developed and repeatedly extended over 28 years, passing the company’s 40th anniversary. In 2012, Otter Court was acquired on Marsh Barton Trading Estate, to accommodate plans for vertical integration and focus on delivering cost improvements to the business and customers.
Since Goodridge’s acquisition by Rubicon Partners in 2013, uniting the company under one roof has been a high priority. With £3m of investment in the company since 2013, in July 2016 Goodridge’s UK operations merged at the Dart Building on Exeter Business Park, bringing 148 of the group’s then 370 staff together.
Goodridge acquired Gieffe Racing, an Italian motorsports distributor in 2018, followed by the acquisition of Kuhnle Engineering, a fluid transfer systems manufacturer based in Germany, in early 2019.
Goodridge celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.
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Over the past 20 years Rubicon Partners have acquired 60 businesses across the manufacturing, distribution and service sectors, ranging in value from £15m to £250m. They create value by addressing operational and strategic issues.
Rubicon Partners’ focus is on complexity, both within individual companies as well as groups of businesses or portfolios. They have extensive experience in acquiring from private family ownership, management, corporates and private equity funds.
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