RAM RACING CONTINUES PODIUM RUN

RAM Racing has taken its third consecutive second place 24H Series finish of the season in the 12 Hours of Zandvoort and, despite missing out on the race-win, Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom was happy with the team’s performance.

“All the drivers did a fantastic job this weekend and the team didn’t make any mistakes,” he commented. “We had good strategy, the car didn’t miss a beat and were leading for much of the race, we just had bad luck at the fuel pumps and that lost us the lead.”

Together, Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Thomas Jäger (DE) and Paul White (GB) all put in outstanding stints keeping the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 inside the top three throughout the 12-hour race.

However, a queue at the fuel pump at the final pit stop put halt to the team’s charge at the front and they had to settle for second place.

“We had good driver performance but unfortunately we were a bit unlucky at the last fuel stop,” commented Jäger. “We are, of course, happy for another podium but know it could have been more.”

“Yes, we definitely had the pace to win today but it slipped away from us in the last stop,” added Onslow-Cole. “That aside, second place further strengthens our championship and we are focused on that top step for Paul Ricard.”

The next round of the championship, the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard, takes place on 11/12 July and is the fourth race in the six-race endurance calendar.

“I’m really looking forward to racing at Paul Ricard,” added White. “I’ve been pleased with my performances this year and I feel like I’m getting better and better each time I race with Tom (Onslow-Cole) and RAM Racing – they are a really professional and well-run outfit.”

RAM Racing next races in the British GT Championship tomorrow (31 May) at Silverstone, UK.

RAM RACING LEADS 12 HOURS OF ZANDVOORT

After the first three hours of the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, RAM Racing is leading the race following fantastic opening stints from Thomas Jäger (DE) and Tom Onslow-Cole (GB).

At 1600hrs local time, AMG works driver Jäger started the race from second on the grid in the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. Although the start was dry, it soon started to rain and after 35 minutes they pitted for wets, on which Jäger completed another hour and fifteen minutes.

Using a Code 60 to their advantage, RAM Racing pitted and switched driver to Onslow-Cole who continued the charge, closing the gap from 1 minute 20 seconds and taking the lead before the first part of the race ended.

The race resumes at 0845 local time tomorrow (30 May).

DRIVER QUOTES


Thomas Jäger
“It was dry at the beginning but it soon started to rain. We stayed quite long on slicks, which was the right thing to do. We are very competitive, the pit stops were good, Tom did a great stint and everything looks great for tomorrow.”

Tom Onslow-Cole
“That was a great stint. The team did a great job with strategy and the car felt great. I think we should have a very good race tomorrow!”

HOME ROUND FOR RAM RACING

International GT racing team RAM Racing may have won endurance races across Europe, but this weekend its British GT Championship crew is simply crossing the road as it enters Silverstone 500 with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.

This year is the first year that the Silverstone Park-based team has entered the national GT series and, with just two rounds under its belt, Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom says a podium is the aim this weekend (31 May).

“We were very close to a podium at Rockingham a few weeks ago,” he commented. “The Mercedes isn’t that well-suited to Oulton Park and Rockingham so we’ve not seen the best of it. Silverstone, however, will be a strong circuit for us – it has some long straights and medium- to high-speed corners, which will allow our drivers to use the pace of the SLS.”

Lewis Plato (GB), who is new to GT racing this season, and his team-mate, experienced GT racer Alistair MacKinnon (GB), have shown great promise this year and Plato thinks the best is yet to come from the duo.

“Alistair and I get on great, which is a huge part of a GT partnership,” explained the 20-year old. “He has been mixing it up at the sharp end of the amateur grid already, but I think he has a lot more potential to unlock.

“Considering it’s my first season in GTs I’m pleased that I’m qualifying inside the top ten but, again, I don’t think I’m anywhere near where I will be after more time behind the wheel. My race pace is good, I’ve been really pleased with that, and I definitely think a podium is within our reach this weekend.”

As many as 18 GT3 and 17 GT4 cars will battle it out for three hours on the 5.9-km long International Circuit and, although there are some more experienced GT drivers in the field, MacKinnon believes, as a pairing, himself and Plato will soon be one of the strongest on the grid.

“There are some really talented pro and am drivers on the British GT grid but it’s all about your pairing. You can be the quickest pro or am out there but, if your team-mate lets you down, you’ll achieve nothing. What you need to be successful in British GT is a pair that together is strong and consistent, where there is no weak link, and that’s what I think we have. And, I expect to see both of us get a lot stronger over the coming months.”

The Silverstone 500 starts at 12.20 on Sunday 31 May and tickets can be bought here: http://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/british-gt-championship

While the British GT Championship team races at Silverstone, the 24H Series team is at Zandvoort. Read the press release
HERE.

RAM IN THE 'DAM

RAM Racing’s 24H Series campaign continues this weekend as it heads to the third round of the championship, the 12 Hours of Zandvoort, near Amsterdam in Holland, and the team hopes to continue its run of podiums with an outright race win.

The season started well for the Silverstone Park-based team when they finished second in Dubai 24 Hours in the #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. Three months later, they took second place in the 12 Hours of Italy and now team principal Dan Shufflebottom says it’s time to take the outright win.

“We’ll make no bones about it, we’ll be disappointed with anything but a race win,” he commented. “But, the competition is tough and we’ve not raced at Zandvoort before so we know we’re going to have to work hard to do it.”

The 6.2-litre Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, donning a new livery this weekend, will be piloted by RAM Racing regular Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), who will be joined once again by AMG works-driver Thomas Jaeger (DE) and leading amateur GT driver Paul White (GB).

"I think it's certainly the strongest driver line-up on the grid," commented Shufflebottom. "If it all goes to plan on the day, I think the lads have a really good chance of setting pole and winning the race, which is no mean feat in our first year in the championship."

This is the first season in the 24H Series for the team that placed itself firmly on the map after winning the European Le Mans Series GTLM class in 2013, its debut year of racing.

“We first raced in this championship in Dubai 24 Hours in 2013 and then again in 2014. It is a great race and we admired the way the Creventic run things, so we were keen to explore the full championship. We haven’t been disappointed – the racing is close and competitive and the events are laid back but incredibly professional.”

The 24H Series is a six-round championship that comprises three 24- and three 12-hour races and has grids of up to 95 cars.

The 12 Hours of Zandvoort starts at 1600hrs on Friday 29 May and continues on Saturday 30 May 0700hrs.

RAM Racing will also continue its British GT Championship campaign this weekend with Lewis Plato and Alistair MacKinnon in the team's second Mercedes SLS AMG GT3. Read the press release
HERE.

RAM RAID AT THE ROCK

International GT team RAM Racing finished fourth in the British GT Championship race at Rockingham this weekend (3 May) with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and drivers Lewis Plato (GB) and Alistair MacKinnon (GB).
 
Experienced racer Mackinnon and GT rookie Plato started from tenth place on the grid of more than 30 GT3 and GT4 machines thanks to a solid qualifying session on Saturday.
 
Despite it being only the second British GT Championship event for the team, it took no time in challenging for the podium in the two-hour race and, with a few more laps, Mackinnon believes Plato could have taken third.
 
“Finishing fourth is great but it’s always a frustration as it’s so close to the podium,” he commented. “Lewis was closing in on the Motorbase Aston Martins and, with a few more laps, he would have be challenging strongly for the position. It’s great to know that we are already taking it to the British GT stalwarts.”
 
Plato, who is new to the GT racing scene, added: “We knew that the car was going to be fast in the race, as all of the testing this year has shown that we have good long run race pace - these longer races are definitely going to suit us better. Alistair did a fantastic job all weekend and managed to gain five places showing how valuable his previous GT racing experience is. I took over and was gaining on the Astons but I ran out of track. 
 
“Rockingham has definitely given the boost to the team that we needed and showed that we can soon be challenging for podium finish in British GT. Now we will all focus on Silverstone and see if we can go a few positions better for the three-hour race.”
 
The RAM Racing team started running Mercedes SLS AMG GT3s at the start of the season and have already taken second place finishes in Dubai 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Italy. The team’s next goal is to get its first British GT Championship podium.
 
“To finish in fourth place is a real success,” commented team principal Dan Shufflebottom. “The infield section of Rockingham really doesn’t suit the Mercedes SLS but we got the most out of it in set-up and the guys drove it incredibly. We have some of the tracks coming up that really suit the car – Silverstone, for example, should allow us to show our pace much better.”
 
The next round of the British GT Championship takes place at Silverstone on 31 May.
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