RAM RACING WINS 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD
RAM Racing has won the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and drivers Thomas Jäger (DE), Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Adam Christodoulou (GB) and Paul White (GB).
The weekend started well as RAM Racing arrived at the world-famous circuit in the South of France. With a well-prepared car, the team quickly began setting it up for the track that was very hot and very green.
In the 45-minute qualifying session, AMG works driver Jäger praised the ‘nearly perfect’ car and put in a lap more than a second faster than the nearest competitor. And, with some of the biggest names in GT3 racing taking part, it was a qualifying session to be proud of.
However, Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom was keen to remain focused and he reminded his team of the 24-hour challenge ahead.
The challenge was, as anticipated, huge and the team was locked in a 24-hour-long battle with the #7 Porsche 991 GT3. With good strategy, faultless reliability and consistently quick lap times, RAM Racing managed to cross the line in first place and claim its fourth consecutive podium of the 2015 24H Series.
“What a race!”,commented Shufflebottom. “We had times when it looked in the bag and times when it looked like it was unreachable but all along we knew that second place was not an option.
“The team did a fantastic job. They didn’t miss a beat and, even when challenged, they remained cool and adapted the strategy to give us the strongest chance of winning. We should really be proud for the work we did to get us to this point. The race is 24 hours but that is just a small part of what you need to do to win. We believe strongly that preparation is key and that is what gave us the edge this weekend.
“The Mercedes is an incredible 24-hour machine and we’ve had fantastic customer service from AMG throughout the weekend. That certainly gave us an advantage and we’re very grateful to the whole team.”
RAM Racing next competes at Barcelona 24 Hours in September, where it hopes to secure the 24H Series championship win.