RAM RACING ENTERS BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP
Internationally renowned race team RAM Racing has entered the 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and drivers Lewis Plato (GB) and Alistair MacKinnon (GB).
The team, also running in this season's 24 Hour Series, is best known for its 2013 European Le Mans GTE class championship-win and will contest the full SRO-run British GT Championship starting with the opening round at Oulton Park in Cheshire next month.
"It's great for us to be entering a new series," commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. "The British GT Championship is very strong right now so we were keen to be a part of it. We had great success running the SLS in Dubai 24 Hours, our debut race with the car, putting it on the overall podium against some teams very experienced in running it. To me, this is testament to our team and it gives me confidence that they will embrace this new challenge in a similar way."
Also new to the championship, Plato and MacKinnon are feeling confident that they are with the right team to do the job. 22-year old Plato, who secured outright victory in the 2013 Radical SR3 Challenge before going on to take before going on to win the Sunoco IMSA 200 Challenge commented: “British GT is going to be a brilliant experience and I can't wait to get started on what will be an exciting new development in my career.
“I’ve got a fantastic team-mate in Alistair, he has a strong understanding of GT racing that will help me massively in my learning year. I want to develop as much as I can and I am really excited about getting out in the new car.”
MacKinnon is returning to the British GT Championship and, having driven the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3, believes it is will enable them to have a strong first season together.
“I am absolutely thrilled,” he commented. “To be given the opportunity to return to GT racing was one that I grabbed with both hands. Ever since I first drove the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 I knew it had potential to be a great car. I am looking to build on my experience from the British GT Championship and, together with Lewis and Ram Racing, I am confident we can have a great season.”
Together, the duo will be battling it out for the highly-respected overall championship honours, aiming to rack up points in each of the five rounds.
"The key to this championship seems to be consistency," continued Shufflebottom. "Drivers have taken the overall championship win having only won one race all season. This doesn't mean that we aren't going to race to win, it means we are going to be smart and play a clever game to ensure we take points from each race - there is no room for error in such a competitive field and we need to hit the ground running."
The team will be at the official British GT Championship media day at Brands Hatch on Wednesday 25 March where they will run the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 on the Indy Circuit configuration.
The first round of the championship takes place at Oulton Park on Monday 4 April. Tickets for race day are £18 when bought at www.outlonpark.co (http://www.oultonpark.co.uk/calendar/2015/april/british-gtf4) .uk (http://www.oultonpark.co.uk/calendar/2015/april/british-gtf4) or £25 when bought on the gate. Under-13s can enter for free and senior citizen concessions apply.