RAM Racing finished the final round of the 24H Series, the 12 Hours of Brno, in second place with its Mercedes SLS AMG GTE and added the GT3 Drivers’ Trophy to the GT3 Teams’ Trophy it secured at the penultimate round last month.
Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and Thomas Jaeger (DE) were awarded the GT3 Drivers’ Trophy after they scored podiums at each round of the six-event series, including second place in the season opener Dubai 24 Hours and first place at the inaugural 24 Hours of Paul Ricard.
Team-mate Paul White (GB), who missed out on the title as he contested Dubai 24 Hours in another car, joined the pair for the 12 Hours of Brno this weekend and, although they missed out on the race win, RAM Racing were happy to complete a season of podiums on a high.
“We are a team that races to win,” commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “So, naturally, anything less is disappointing. However, to take the GT3 Teams’ and Drivers’ Trophies is a huge success for the team and we’re proud to add it to our collection back at Silverstone Park.”
The inaugural 24H Series saw teams contest 108-hours of wheel-to-wheel endurance racing. With grids of up to 90 GT and touring cars, on some of Europe’s most iconic tracks, the team, drivers and car have been pushed to their limits.
“The team and drivers have been incredible all year,” he added. “Obviously, we are always looking for ways of improving but I’m pleased to say that we are making small tweaks not huge changes and that gives us a lot of confidence going into next year.
“The Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 has been the perfect choice for us and we’re happy to be continuing with the brand next season. The service from AMG Customer Sports has been second-to-none and they have become part of the team as the series has progressed. The reliability has been good but, when things do go wrong, it’s good to have confidence in your manufacturer and, again, that’s good to know as our programme develops for 2016.”
RAM Racing is currently making plans for the 2016 season and, as well as taking its team to a new level, it is expanding its customer programme.
“We’ve proved that we can have success with our own programme and now we are looking to start running cars for customers. We’re talking to some great driver pairings for next year and looking forward to growing the RAM Racing team.”
The team will announce its 2016 programmes in the coming months.
RAM Racing tied-up the 2015 24H Series championship at the penultimate race of the season last month, but the British team still heads to the 12 Hours of Brno as determined as ever to take victory with its #30 Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
RAM Racing regulars Tom Onslow-Cole (GB), Thomas Jaeger (DE) and Paul White (GB) will once again take charge for the 12-hour campaign and team principal Dan Shufflebottom wants to see them take a top three finish for the sixth time this year to round-up the 24H Series team’s 100% podium record.
“As usual, the team is heading to Brno with the overall race win as the target,” he commented. “We’ve proven we can do this at the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard so we know we can do it again this weekend. We’ve had podiums at every race this year and we’d be very disappointed to spoil this record at the final round.”
The 12 Hours of Brno replaced the 24H Series regular race, 12 Hours of Hungaroring, as the Budapest-based track is undergoing resurfacing.
“As it’s our first season in 24H Series, we went to every race bar Dubai 24 Hours with very little track knowledge and experience, especially when compared to some of our competitors,” continued Shufflebottom. “However, this round makes for a more level playing field and we need to use that to our advantage. We are very well prepared for this race and we are determined to end another season on a high.”
The team, which is renowned for its high-expectations and excellent standards, has had success from day one. In its first year of racing it won the European Le Mans Series GTLM class, beating off competition from some very established teams. Two years later and the team has taken its second international GT title and is busy making plans for 2016.
“Our plans for 2016 are coming along nicely,” Shufflebottom concluded. “We’ll be announcing our programmes in the next few weeks and, if all goes to plan, we’ll be back in 24H Series next year.”
The 12 Hours of Brno starts at midday on Saturday 10 October and fans in the UK can watch live on Motors TV from 11.30am.