Former Intelligent Money British GT4 champion Jake Giddings returns to the championship this year racing alongside Dave Whitmore. The duo has teamed up with Ciceley Motorsport for a full-season campaign in the Mercedes-AMG GT4.
Giddings returns as the 2014 champion, having won the title that year alongside Ross Wylie in the Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. The 26-year-old spent the next two seasons with JWB Motorsport before reducing his race program to race-by-race appearances.
Whitmore is a newcomer to British GT. The 41-year-old Brit made his GT4 debut last year with Team Tegiwa in a three-race program.
They will race Ciceley’s Mercedes-AMG GT4, which made its only previous British GT appearance at Donington Park in 2018 but has since seen action in international motorsports with the team.
It also marks Mercedes-AMG’s full-time return to the British GT4 class after the model made a single appearance in 2020 with Team Parker Racing at the season finale.
“It is great to be back on the British GT grid this year and I’m really looking forward to the challenge again,” Jake Giddings said. “Having won the GT4 Championship back in 2014, I know the level of commitment and determination it takes to secure the title. And having raced with Ciceley Motorsport in the Dubai 24 Hour twice, I also know the team and the car really well.
“The car is not only fast but also meticulously prepared, so I am sure we will be competitive from the off. We have a comprehensive test schedule in place, and I am really looking forward to working with my new team-mate Dave Whitmore.”
Both drivers got their first taste of the car last week at Oulton Park where Whitmore started his British GT career in 2020.
“This will be my first full season competing in British GT – it’s been a dream of mine and my entire professional life has been focused on securing this seat!” Whitmore said. “The guys at Ciceley Motorsport are great, we have just finished our first test and I love the Mercedes GT4.
“I am keen to learn as much as I can from Jake who is enthusiastic and helpful both in and out of the car. I have spent a lot of time looking through data with Jake and the team’s engineers to improve wherever I can. It is a fantastic feeling to be competing at such a high level on the British GT package as only a few years ago I was watching from home.”
Norman Burgess, Ciceley’s Commercial Director, added: “We at Ciceley Motorsport cannot wait to start our first full campaign in British GT. It is something we have wanted to do for a few years and we are now finally here. We have a great driver pairing: Jake is a previous champion and Dave is like a sponge soaking up all the information he can and is already turning heads with his speed and consistency.
“The team are well prepared having competed in the Gulf 12 Hour and the 24 Hours of Dubai. The core of the team gives us a great starting point with Nick Hancox as Team Engineer, Dave Hudson No1 mechanic and Adam Morgan assisting both drivers with data and video interpretation. We have a proven track record with our pace at these events and will carry this forward into British GT.”
The 2021 season of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship gets underway on 22-23 May at Oulton Park.
You can find the complete entry list with all confirmed teams so far for the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship HERE.
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