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.
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).
“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.”
“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!”
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.