AmDTuning confirms British GT Championship entry‏

AmDTuning.com has confirmed that it will expand its racing programme for the 2015 season to include a single-car entry into the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.The West Thurrock-based team has been evaluating a move into the GT arena for some time, and first revealed its plans to enter the series earlier this year; subject to being granted entry into the over-subscribed championship by promoters SRO.With that entry now secured, the team can confirm that it will do battle in the highly competitive GT4 category during its debut season in the championship, having agreed a deal to purchase the Porsche 997 GT4 campaigned by Team Parker Racing last year.AmDTuning.com boss Shaun Hollamby will lead the team both on and off track as he returns to full-time race action for the first time since the 2010 season, with experienced sportscar racer Graham Coomes as his team-mate.The pair have already tested the Porsche at Snetterton in preparation for the new season, which gets underway with two one hour long races over the Easter weekend at the Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire.“We’ve been approached by a number of people in recent seasons about racing in the British GT Championship and for different reasons, the deal has never come off,” Hollamby said. “However, the opportunity to join the grid this year - and to return to action myself - was too good to miss, and we’re delighted to have secured our entry for 2015.“The GT4 class goes from strength-to-strength and it promises to be an exciting season for us on track. Graham and I have tested the car in recent weeks and were happy with our performance considering the conditions and the fact we were running on old tyres.“The Porsche is a good package, as anyone who watched the series last season will know, and as a driver pairing, I feel that Graham and I will be able to get some strong results during the year ahead.“Oulton Park is a great place for us to get our GT campaign underway, and we can’t wait for the serious business to start during the Easter weekend.”News of a GT entry for the team comes just a day after it announced the expansion of its touring car programme to include a second car; with Nicolas Hamilton signing up to partner reigning Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell.With only two calendar clashes between the British GT and British Touring Car calendars – the season openers at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch, as well as the events at Snetterton (GT) and Knockhill (BTCC) in August – Hollamby will continue to oversee the touring car programme as has been the case in recent seasons.Rob Tickner will take up Shaun’s BTCC role when GT commitments prevent him being at the circuit.


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