RAM RACING CONTINUES CHAMPIONSHIP CAMPAIGN IN ITALY
International racing team RAM Racing will continue its 24H Series championship campaign this weekend (13/14 March) as it takes on the 12 Hours of Mugello with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and is looking to repeat its podium success from the season-opener in Dubai two months ago.
The Silverstone Park-based team will once again have its professional driver Tom Onslow-Cole (GB) behind the wheel of the 6.3-litre machine and the 27-year old will be joined by Dubai 24 Hours team-mate Adam Christodoulou (GB) and experienced GT driver Paul White (GB).
"We had a great result in Dubai and Adam and I gelled really well, so we were keen to carry that on into the championship," commented Onslow-Cole. "Paul is a great addition to the team and, as he has driven here before, he will hit the ground running, I’m sure.”
"It was great to be asked back," added Christodoulou. "The race in Dubai was awesome, to get a podium in such a tough race when you have never run that car before shows how quickly the team adapted, how well the drivers performed and how good the car is! We need to go out and do the same again this week in Mugello."
To round out the all-British line-up, seasoned GT racer and endurance racing expert Paul White will join the team and together they have their sights set on the overall win.
"Although I'd never driven the RAM Racing SLS Tom and Adam assured me it's a great bit of kit," commented White. "I know the team well but I've never driven with them so there are a few new aspects to the weekend. However, I've raced the track before and taken class honours here so I'm confident together we form a package that has a good chance of winning."
The team, which has just announced it will also run a full season in the British GT Championship, is looking to take the outright win this weekend. On a grid of 73 cars, including 12 GT3s, team principal Dan Shufflebottom knows that staying out of trouble on the narrow Mugello track will be key to securing maximum points and taking the championship lead.
“I’m confident that we have the best team and driver line-up and our car is very well prepared but, with 73 cars on track, we need to make sure we stay out of trouble,” he commented. “We have entered this championship to win it and we want to put ourselves in a strong position early on by securing maximum points and taking the lead.
“We’ve contested Dubai 24 Hours several times, but never any other races in the championship. So far, we’ve been very impressed with the series organisers and we’re looking forward to a great year of racing.”
The 12 Hours of Mugello takes place over two days with a four-hour session on the afternoon of Friday 13 and continuing with the remaining eight hours the following day.
Fans at home can watch the race live at www.24h-series.com from 1330hrs on Friday and 0930hrs on Saturday.