RAM Racing will double up in more ways than one for this year’s British GT Championship, expanding to run across both the GT3 and GT4 classes while also fielding machinery from both BMW M Motorsport and Mercedes-AMG.
The Silverstone-based team will be back up to a two-car entry for 2024, kick-starting a new era with BMW M Motorsport in the GT3 category, while continuing its successful partnership with Mercedes-AMG in the GT4 class.
While the GT3 programme will focus on the new BMW M4 GT3 of John Ferguson and Raffaele Marciello, RAM Racing will also continue its highly successful partnership with Mercedes-AMG, expanding to run the GT4 class AMG GT4 of Harry George and Luca Hopkinson.
George was a podium finisher during his maiden British GT4 campaign last year, racing both an Enduro Motorsport-run McLaren and Mercedes-AMG alongside Darren Burke as the pair finished eighth in the championship. Prior to that George enjoyed successful campaigns in Caterham racing, finishing third in the 2022 310R Championship and second in the 2021 Academy series.
Hopkinson graduates to British GT4 off the back of two seasons in the Ginetta Junior Championship. He finished on the podium twice last term, securing a top-10 finish in the championship standings. At just 17, he will be one of the youngest drivers on the grid. George and Hopkinson will compete for honours in the Silver class.
Harry George said: “I’ve got a great feeling about this season with Luca and RAM. The guys at RAM are next level… the attention to detail and preparation are second to none, so we know we’re going to have the car to get results right from the start. Last year was bit of a learning curve as it was my first in British GT, and I had a change of team-mate and a change of car from the McLaren to the Mercedes-AMG, but things really started to click toward the end of the year. The Mercedes-AMG GT4 is such a proven car with great reliability, and I adapted to it quite quickly. Portimão last year was my first outing with it, and I scored my first podium. It felt like I could finally show what I could do with the Mercedes-AMG, and I want to build on that for this year. Working with Luca so far has been great. We’ve gelled quickly and he’s already showing strong pace, so I think we can aim high this season.”
Luca Hopkinson said: “I’m really looking forward to my first year in British GT with RAM Racing. It’s a big step up from Ginetta Juniors, but I’ve seen what other drivers in the same position have achieved since going into GT4 and I have no doubt I can go on to be just as successful. British GT is the next logical step for my career and is probably the most competitive championship in the country. Of course there’s a bit of pressure being one of the youngest drivers on the grid, but there’s no reason I can’t go in and compete on the same footing as everybody else. We tested the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in Portimão and it’s a proper race car. It’s got so much power and so much grip, plus it’s a lot heavier than the Ginetta Junior car, so there’s a lot to adapt to. I got on really well with Harry and think we’ll be a great pairing. I’m looking to learn as much as I can from him, but we’re going into the season with eyes on wins and the championship.”
The British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park across Easter weekend, March 29-April 1.