Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman will return to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship with RAM Racing and having won the Pro-Am title in 2020 the pairing are aiming to go one better and take the overall title.
Together they took four class wins to take the Pro-Am crown in 2020, while three outright podiums helped them secure fifth in the overall standings.
As well as chasing the championship title, Loggie will also be taking part in the Tour 21 fundraising event for the charity, Cure Leukaemia. This will involve cycling the full 21 stage Tour de France course one week before the main race commences raising funds for the fight against leukaemia. In support of this the teams Mercedes AMG GT3 will change from lime green to vivid pink and include the Tour 21 logo.
“There are many things in life that I’ve always wanted to do, and 2021 may well be the year I get to tick a few of those boxes,” said Loggie. “This year it will be a full-on attempt to win the British GT Championship, and alongside Yelmer I know I stand a very good chance of fighting for the title after a great season last year.
“Being part of the Tour 21 will also be incredibly special, and these new colours reflect a great cause. I used to watch the Tour de France on black and white TV, and now I’m part of a team, riding just days ahead of the professionals, aiming to raise £1 million for the charity. It should be fantastic, and British GT is an amazing platform to help spread the word about an amazing cause.”
Buurman, meanwhile, is confident the revamped class structure, which sees the end of Silver-Silver pairings, will play into his and Loggie’s hands.
“I’m really excited to come back to British GT this year with RAM Racing, and to drive alongside Ian again,” said the Dutchman. “Last year was pretty tough as it became clear quite early on that a Silver-Silver pairing would win the overall title. Us Pro-Ams couldn’t quite live with them if there was a safety car or any kind of interruption. This year will be different and we’re 100 per cent out for the overall championship.
“Ian has progressed so well in his driving over the last year. He listens and learns very quickly, and has the skill to make changes to his technique to get faster each time he goes out. It’s fantastic to work with a driver like that, and I know RAM will give us a car capable of fighting for this championship.”
With a second entry to be confirmed, RAM Racing team principal Dan Shufflebottom believes his Pro-Am champions are more than capable of fighting for the overall crown.
“It’s great to confirm the first part of our British GT Championship plans, and we’re delighted to welcome both Ian and Yelmer back,” he said. “Ian is a fantastic gentleman racer and a superb guy to work with, while Yelmer is a true pro and showed his speed on more than the odd occasion with us last year. Together they enjoyed a really strong campaign last year, and if they can replicate that this season then they’ll definitely be in the title fight.
“We’re in the final stages of confirming our second driver pairing, and we’ll be announcing the drivers soon.”
Brands Hatch hosts the opening round of this season’s Intelligent Money British GT Championship on May 22/23.
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