Anna Walewska believes the Mercedes-AMG GT4 has given her a step up in her British GT career after she added a sixth-place class finish at Brands Hatch to a Pro-Am podium at her first race in the car at Spa-Francorchamps.
Walewska left Team HARD earlier in the season to start her own ProTechnika team alongside Tom Canning – who had started the season with the Steller Motorsport Toyota team and the University of Bolton-backed driver believes the Mercedes will help her develop as a driver in the ever-improving GT4 class.
“It’s a different animal to the Ginetta,” she explained. “They’re both very good cars, but the Mercedes has given me that step up that I needed – and Tom to be fair. It’s refined, does what we want it to do and reliability has been amazing so far.”
The car has proven its worth to Walewska and Canning, with a second-place finish in the Pro-Am class coming at the team’s first race at Spa, having started towards the back of the grid. However, the British GT race winner was quick to point out it wasn’t a fluke result.
“It couldn’t have gone much better, and it is not a fluke. Of course, there will be those on the outside looking in doubting that so we need to repeat that, we need the consistency of good results and then that just re-affirms what we are and what we’re doing,” she explained.
Going from driving for a team and being focused on just that, to then having the added responsibility of managing all aspects of a race team can be a challenge for anyone, but Walewska said she was enjoying the experience.
She added: “It’s a different challenge, I’m really enjoying it. When I’m here, I have to say to the boys I’m a racing driver so I’m not a team owner – to a point! Then when I leave the track, I’m a team owner. They support me in that very well, so far it is working out great.”