Trackspeed Racing are preparing to defend their 2013 British GT Team Championship title, by fielding two cars in 2014. Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen will return as a partnership in one of the Porsche 911 GT3R’s, while the well-established pairing of Warren Hughes and Jody Firth join Trackspeed in the other.
Having won the British GT Team Championship four times consecutively since 2009, Trackspeed are keen to make it a fifth under the experienced management of Keith Cheetham. “We stand a great chance of taking the title again this year as long as the Balance of Performance is fair. The FIA GT series have created a very level playing field and we are hoping this has carried through to the British series. We have two great driver lineups in Jon, Phil, Warren and Jody and the whole team has gelled already. I have a special feeling about this year and I am greatly looking forward to it.”
Hughes and Firth are no strangers to each other, having won the UK Speed Series and Euro Speed Series in 2011 and 2012 respectively and having competed together in a host of championships including British GT, ELMS, WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours.
Asked about pairing with Hughes once more, Firth said, “This kind of repeat success does not come by accident. Sometimes you just find team mates that click and Warren and I are one of those.” However, due to the Balance of Performance rules in British GT, Hughes and Firth will be required to run with 75kg of ballast throughout the season.
“I think we are the strongest overall combination, but the 75kg we are forced to carry will make things harder. However, we believe the Porsche will be one of the better cars to carry the additional weight that our driver pairing brings with it,” said Hughes.
“Once we made our decision that a Porsche was the best car for us, it was a no brainer that the team to be with was Trackspeed. Keith and David were very welcoming, as were the rest of the team. We have already tested and I have no doubt that this was the right decision,” added Firth.
Minshaw/Keen will be supported by Demon Tweeks and OMP throughout the campaign and Hughes/Firth will be supported by Prism LLP, Brian Yeardley Continental Ltd, WH Marren, Cootchie-Coo Children’s Boutique and Prism Media Ltd, who will be looking after Trackspeed’s media portfolio for the season.