RAM Racing will kick-start a new association with BMW M Motorsport in the British GT Championship this year, with the team fielding a new M4 GT3 for John Ferguson and Raffaele Marciello.
RAM will field a new BMW M4 GT3 for the first time, marking the team’s first switch in brand for a decade. While RAM competed with Ferraris in Europe during its early years from 2012, it has exclusively operated Mercedes-AMG machinery in British GT’s top class since its championship debut back in 2015.
John Ferguson will return for a third successive British GT3 campaign, and will again be joined by international GT racing superstar, Raffaele Marciello. The Swiss ace has switched to become a BMW M works driver for 2024, and will once again be a star addition to the British GT field as part of RAM’s GT3 Pro-Am entry.
Ferguson and Marciello developed strongly as a pairing across the course of their maiden British GT campaign together last term. They were race-winners aboard RAM’s #15 Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Snetterton in what was one of the closest British GT finishes in history. With the BMW proving itself to be a formidable machine across the course of the 2023 campaign, the team has made the switch to the M4 GT3 with the aim of giving Ferguson and Marciello the strongest possible chance of fighting for the outright championship this year.
John Ferguson said: “This is a big year for RAM Racing, and I feel we’re in a great position to hit the ground running. Last year was a big rebuild, working toward being back with two cars for 2024, and the decision to switch to the BMW is logical. The M4 showed how strong it was by winning the championship last season, and it will be a force to be reckoned with again this year. To keep Lello alongside me is a huge bonus. He’s the best GT3 driver in the world and we were working so well together by the end of last year that going the extra mile to ensure the partnership continued made a lot of sense. We’ll have some adapting to do to get used to the BMW, but we’ve got a lot of testing planned so we’ll be more than ready to hit the ground running at Oulton Park.”
Raffaele Marciello said: “I’m really happy to be back in British GT with John and RAM Racing. It’s a big year ahead, being my first as a BMW M works driver, and there’s a lot to learn. It will be a big challenge for myself and the team to switch car from the Mercedes-AMG to the BMW M4 GT3, and to find the right setups for the tracks. We had a good season overall last year, and we already know the areas where we can improve, so I’m expecting big things for us in British GT this season.”