RAM RACING TAKES SECOND IN 24 HOURS OF PAUL RICARD

RAM Racing finished the 24 Hours of Paul Ricard in second place with its Gulf-liveried Mercedes AMG GT3, following a nail-biting battle under the heat of the midday sun.
 
Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (DE) were joined by Jamie Campbell Walter (GB) and Dan Brown (GB) for the twice-around-the-clock event that is the fourth round of the 24H Series.
 
With outstanding lap times, no penalties and no incidents, the quartet climbed from their starting positon of eighth up to second, as the sun set over Le Castellet. However, in the dark of night, the gremlins came out and three unscheduled stops were made for brake pads and a throttle issue.
 
After the crew solved the problems, they were 15 laps down and back down in eighth, but they never gave up and, as sun and air temperature rose, so did RAM Racing’s standings in the race.
 
In the final two hours, the second to fourth place cars were all embroiled in a fierce battle, with RAM Racing swapping places with the #11 Ferrari several times.
 
When the chequered flag fell, it was the #30 Mercedes AMG GT3 that came closest to the winning Porsche, that had dominated the race from the green flag, and the RAM Racing crew celebrated keeping their 24 Hours of Paul Ricard podium record.
 
“We wanted to come here and retain our 2015 race win title, but the Porsche was just untouchable,” commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “The lads did exactly what we needed them to do – no penalties, no incidents and consistently quick lap times – and that’s why we were able to fight at the front. The problems with the car were small but out of our control and the crew resolved them as fast as anyone could have.
 
“Although the entire team is delighted with the result, our thoughts are with the victims of the Nice terrorist attacks that took place up the coast from here on Wednesday evening."

A DUBAI DEBUT FOR THE MERCEDES AMG GT3

RAM Racing finished the 2016 Dubai 24 Hours in 11th place in class after a challenging but promising debut for its new Mercedes AMG GT3.

The team qualified in eighth for the start of the 2016 24H Series championship-opener and by nightfall had climbed up to third place. With its sights set on taking the race lead, the team was pushing hard. However, a cracked oil cooler put halt on their charge and, after an hour in the garage, they emerged in 58th place.

Not a team to stop fighting, RAM Racing pushed hard though the night and, as the chequered flag fell, they were 11th in the top-level PRO class.

"Although the race didn't go to plan, the new AMG GT3 showed a lot of promise," commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. "The drivers all reported better handling in the corners and the team have found it easy to engineer and set-up. Obviously, like with any new car, we had some issues that prevented us from getting a better result but the service from AMG Customer Sports was, once again, second-to-none.

"The car is being flown back to Silverstone Park, via AMG in Germany, so we can start getting ready for the 12 Hours of Italy. Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we take maximum points from every round of the championship if we want to retain our 2015 title."

The 12 Hours of Italy, the second round of the 24H Series, takes place at Mugello in North Italy on 18-19 March.

WEC stars join RAM Racing for 2016 24H Series

RAM Racing has announced its 2016 24H Series driver line-up and welcomes FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) stars Stuart Hall (GB) and Roald Goethe (DE) to the team, which will run a brand new Mercedes AMG GT3.

Winners of the 2013 WEC GTE Am class, Hall and Goethe, will first join 2015 24H Series GT3 class-champions, RAM Racing, for the opening round of the championship, Dubai 24 Hours, next weekend. RAM Racing regulars Thomas Jäger (DE), Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) and Paul White (GB) will make up the line-up.

Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom said: “We’re pleased to welcome Roald and Stuart into the team. They are both very experienced endurance racers with a fantastic working relationship. They have the right attitude for RAM Racing and we think they will integrate into the team very well.”

Shufflebottom says a podium is required in every race if the team wants to retain its 2016 title.

“We finished Dubai 24 Hours in second place last year, so we aim to go there and go one better this year,” he continued. “Last year, in the 24H Series’ six rounds, we had a win, four second places and a third, and that was only just enough to take the class title. Our driver line-up is very strong but, as we all know, winning these races is about keeping out of trouble and never dropping a ball.”

Goethe and Hall first raced together in Dubai 24 Hours in 2012 and have been a formidable partnership ever since, most notably racing together for Aston Martin Racing’s works team.

“We’re looking forward to joining RAM Racing for 2016,” commented Goethe. “They have proven they can win races and championships and so have we. Together, we should be able to have some great success this season.”

Next weekend’s race will be the first time the pair have driven the new Mercedes AMG GT3 but Hall is confident they’ll have no issues in learning it ahead of the race.

“It’s a new car for us, but I’ve heard it’s very easy to drive,” commented Hall. “Roald and I have both driven a wide range of racing machinery so we’re used to jumping into anything and getting on with it. Dubai is a track we both know well and we’re hoping to be up on the podium come the end of the race.”

Dubai 24 Hours starts at 1600hrs on Friday 15 January and fans in the UK can watch on MotorsTV or on the live stream at www.24hseries.com. Radio Le Mans will also broadcast throughout at www.radiolemans.com

24H Series Calendar

Dubai 24 Hours: 14-16 January
12 Hours of Italy: 18-19 March
Zandvoort 12 Hours: 6-7 May
24 Hours of Paul Ricard: 15-17 July
Barcelona 24 Hours: 2-4 September
12 Hours of Brno: 14-15 October

RAM RACING SCORES BRNO PODIUM AND WINS GT3 DRIVERS' TITLE

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 CZECHS-IN TO 2015 FINALE

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. 
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