RAM RACING ENTERS 24H SERIES
Following a podium finish in the Creventic 24H Series season-opener, Dubai 24 Hours, Ram Racing has entered the full 2015 championship with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
The series, which became a full FIA championship this year, includes three 12-hour races and three 24-hour races, making it the largest long-distance endurance racing series in the world.
Ram Racing, the 2013 European Le Mans Series GTLM championship winner, will enter the front-running GT3 Pro class and has confirmed that British professional racing driver Tom Onslow-Cole will join them at each of the remaining five rounds, after the 27-year old impressed in Dubai.
“We took a bit of a gamble on Onslow-Cole in Dubai,” commented Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom. “He’d not driven the SLS competitively before and had only once contested the race in a diesel Golf. However, he was worth every penny and in every session was within the top five. He’s great for the team on-track and off-track and we’re all pleased he’s signed with us for the year.”
Onslow-Cole, who contested all but one of the 24H Series races last year commented: “After competing in most of the 24H Series races last year I’m excited to be coming back and contesting the full championship. My relationship with Ram Racing has gone from strength-to-strength and, after a successful outing in Dubai, I couldn’t be happier to be racing with them this season."
The team is currently in talks with a second professional driver to join Onslow-Cole for the entire season. In the championship’s 24-hour races, the team will call on support from other top GT racers as well as fielding team-regular Cheerag Arya (IN).
“The calendar for this year is really strong,” concluded Shufflebottom. “Long-distance endurance racing is becoming more and more popular and, when you start to take 24 hour racing to places like Paul Ricard, you know you are involved in something that is going to be huge in the future. Hats off to all at Creventic for identifying what teams, drivers and fans want and for running a great series. We’re looking forward to being a part of it this year.”
The season continues with the 12 Hours of Italy on 13/14 March at Circuit Mugello in Tuscany, Italy.
The 2015 24h Series calendar:
Dubai 24 Hours – Complete
12 Hours of Mugello – 13/14 March
12 Hours of Zaandvoort – 29/30 May
Paul Ricard 24 Hours – 11/12 July
Barcelona 24 Hours – 5/6 September
12 Hours of Brno – 9/10 October