Ryan Ratcliffe returns to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship this weekend partnering with Justin Armstrong in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The entry for the season finale will be in the GTC class which is now up to 5 cars.
The car will be run by Team Parker Racing alongside the recently announced entry for Karl Leonard and Tim Bridgman.
Both drivers currently compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, and for Ryan it will be a return to the championship where he has raced for the last seven seasons, including two with Team Parker Racing in a Bentley Continental GT3, and claimed the 2013 GT4 championship title. He sits second in the Pro-Am standings of the Carrera Cup, with a shot at the title at the final round of the season in mid-November.
Armstrong is a successful Caterham racer before making the step up to the Carrera Cup this season. He has taken an impressive seven podiums in the Am class and is fighting for second place in the championship standings.
Ryan Ratcliffe said “I thought I should do a race: I’ve done it for the past seven years and I don’t want to break the streak! My aim is to go out there and annoy the GT3 cars as we should be as fast as them in a straight line, but we have no ABS or traction control in the corners. There should be some good pairings in GTC, including Tim and Karl in our own team, so they will be the ones to benchmark ourselves against.
“In the Carrera Cup team we’ve all talked about how great it would be to drive together because we get on well and Justin mentioned doing it at Snetterton, so I expressed an interest and he sent me a text and I bit his hand off. He has shown some great pace and come on leaps and bounds in the car, so I think we’ll have a good weekend.”
For Justin Armstrong it was an opportunity to try something new. “It’s been a busy and interesting year in the Carrera Cup compared to what I was used to in Caterham but it’s also been a lot of fun and I really feel like I have gotten to grips with the car and how to get the most out of it as the season has gone on.
“The opportunity came up to race in the British GT Championship and I thought ‘well, why not?’ You don’t often get a chance to race against such a diverse grid of cars and drivers and it will be a really good learning experience as I try new things. It would be nice to get a good result, but mostly we’ll be trying to enjoy ourselves and make the most of a long afternoon of racing.”
Picture and quotes courtesy of Team Parker Racing.
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