International GT team RAM Racing finished fourth in the British GT Championship race at Rockingham this weekend (3 May) with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 and drivers Lewis Plato (GB) and Alistair MacKinnon (GB).
Experienced racer Mackinnon and GT rookie Plato started from tenth place on the grid of more than 30 GT3 and GT4 machines thanks to a solid qualifying session on Saturday.
Despite it being only the second British GT Championship event for the team, it took no time in challenging for the podium in the two-hour race and, with a few more laps, Mackinnon believes Plato could have taken third.
“Finishing fourth is great but it’s always a frustration as it’s so close to the podium,” he commented. “Lewis was closing in on the Motorbase Aston Martins and, with a few more laps, he would have be challenging strongly for the position. It’s great to know that we are already taking it to the British GT stalwarts.”
Plato, who is new to the GT racing scene, added: “We knew that the car was going to be fast in the race, as all of the testing this year has shown that we have good long run race pace - these longer races are definitely going to suit us better. Alistair did a fantastic job all weekend and managed to gain five places showing how valuable his previous GT racing experience is. I took over and was gaining on the Astons but I ran out of track. 
“Rockingham has definitely given the boost to the team that we needed and showed that we can soon be challenging for podium finish in British GT. Now we will all focus on Silverstone and see if we can go a few positions better for the three-hour race.”
The RAM Racing team started running Mercedes SLS AMG GT3s at the start of the season and have already taken second place finishes in Dubai 24 Hours and the 12 Hours of Italy. The team’s next goal is to get its first British GT Championship podium.
“To finish in fourth place is a real success,” commented team principal Dan Shufflebottom. “The infield section of Rockingham really doesn’t suit the Mercedes SLS but we got the most out of it in set-up and the guys drove it incredibly. We have some of the tracks coming up that really suit the car – Silverstone, for example, should allow us to show our pace much better.”
The next round of the British GT Championship takes place at Silverstone on 31 May.
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