- Oman Racing Team head to Germany as newly crowned British GT Teams' Champions- David Bartrum reveals plans to run extended two car squad in 2015 Blancpain campaign- Caine, Al Harthy & Jelley hunting strong showing to end Blancpain season on a high note
The Oman Racing Team is determined to finish the GT racing season with a strong result in the fifth and final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the demanding iRacing.com 1000km race at the iconic Nurburgring this coming weekend (20/21 September).
The Motorbase-run Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 driven by Ahmad Al Harthy, Michael Caine and Stephen Jelley faces another fantastic entry of GT3 cars in the hugely competitive championship and team boss David Bartrum is resolute that his Kent-based squad will get the chance to show its full credentials ahead of plans to run an extended a two-car team in the 2015 championship.
With a stunning entry list including cars from Bentley, Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, Nissan, McLaren, Mercedes and BMW as well as Aston Martin, the six hour race is set is deliver an unforgettable finale to what has been a challenging campaign for the Oman Racing Team. Across the four Blancpain Endurance Series races to date, the #44 Omani-backed car has shown impressive pace but that speed has not yet yielded the results worthy of the team's efforts.
Oman Racing Team head to Germany as newly crowned British GT Teams' ChampionsHeading into the final round of the season off the back of two successful rounds in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, the newly crowned British GT Teams' Champions has every reason to be in confident mood as it heads to Germany. After a quick turnaround following Sunday's British GT final at Donington Park, the Oman Racing Team Aston Martin is back in perfect race condition and all set to deliver a strong finish in the 1000km race at the home of the German Grand Prix.
Saturday's free practice session is scheduled to start at 9.10am (CET), followed by qualifying from 17.15. Sunday's six hour endurance race starts at 11.45am (CET) with live streaming of the entire race available online at www.blancpain-gt-series.com/live
Oman Racing Team Principal David Bartrum said: "Nurburgring is the last round of Blancpain and we haven't had the results this year that our pace has deserved. In the last round, the 24-hour race at Spa, things didn't exactly go our way in the race but the team once again showed its strength. The car was rebuilt, never missed a beat at shakedown went straight out in British GT and finished second at Brands Hatch and that's the car we're taking to the Nurburgring.
#44 Aston Martin Vantage has been rebuilt since it's last Blancpain race at the Total 24 hours of Spa"The plan is to try and get a good result at the Nurburgring and set ourselves up for next year in Blancpain. We're looking to go to two cars next year in the Blancpain so we're looking for drivers to go in the second car. We're staying with Ahmad and his sponsors and partners and looking to keep two cars running in the British GT as well. It would be good to get a decent finish at the Nurburgring, but it is important for us to finish the race as well after the disappointment of Spa. A good finish in Germany would be a great way to end the season."
Oman Racing Team driver Ahmad Al Harthy said: "It's a six-hour race and when you go to the Nurburgring it is something special. We are proud to go and compete there in our first year as the Oman Racing Team. Spa was not the result we wanted, but the performance was there. So we need to take that performance to the six-hours and see what we can do. It will be a tough race and I enjoy the track. It will be a good way to finish the 2014 season and it has been a great season."
Oman Racing Team driver Michael Caine said:"We did the British GT race at the Nurburgring in 2012, so we know the track and we're going there as British GT team champions. I think the Oman Aston Martin will be good round there and I think we've definitely moved in the right direction with the car. We need a good result, because we've not had a lot of luck in Blancpain this season, but there's no reason why we can't be up there. There is always the possibility of changeable weather conditions at the Nurburgring which has the potential to mix it up."
Oman Racing Team driver Stephen Jelley said: "Having raced at the Nurburgring many times in the past I know it is going to be the team's most competitive showing of the year. I feel the Aston should suit the Nurburgring GP circuit more than any other on the Blancpain calendar. This is because we are hurt slightly in top speed due to the balance of performance but the car is very good in both slow and high speed corners, the Nurburgring has both without any big straights.
"All three drivers are up to speed with the car and Ahmad and Michael have obviously been dominating British GT lately. There is no reason to assume anything other than a fantastic weekend! It's great to be ending the season at a circuit steeped in motorsport history as well as being a circuit where we're going to be bang on the pace."