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International GT racing team RAM Racing may have won endurance races across Europe, but this weekend its British GT Championship crew is simply crossing the road as it enters Silverstone 500 with its Mercedes SLS AMG GT3.
This year is the first year that the Silverstone Park-based team has entered the national GT series and, with just two rounds under its belt, Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom says a podium is the aim this weekend (31 May).
“We were very close to a podium at Rockingham a few weeks ago,” he commented. “The Mercedes isn’t that well-suited to Oulton Park and Rockingham so we’ve not seen the best of it. Silverstone, however, will be a strong circuit for us – it has some long straights and medium- to high-speed corners, which will allow our drivers to use the pace of the SLS.”
Lewis Plato (GB), who is new to GT racing this season, and his team-mate, experienced GT racer Alistair MacKinnon (GB), have shown great promise this year and Plato thinks the best is yet to come from the duo.
“Alistair and I get on great, which is a huge part of a GT partnership,” explained the 20-year old. “He has been mixing it up at the sharp end of the amateur grid already, but I think he has a lot more potential to unlock.
“Considering it’s my first season in GTs I’m pleased that I’m qualifying inside the top ten but, again, I don’t think I’m anywhere near where I will be after more time behind the wheel. My race pace is good, I’ve been really pleased with that, and I definitely think a podium is within our reach this weekend.”
As many as 18 GT3 and 17 GT4 cars will battle it out for three hours on the 5.9-km long International Circuit and, although there are some more experienced GT drivers in the field, MacKinnon believes, as a pairing, himself and Plato will soon be one of the strongest on the grid.
“There are some really talented pro and am drivers on the British GT grid but it’s all about your pairing. You can be the quickest pro or am out there but, if your team-mate lets you down, you’ll achieve nothing. What you need to be successful in British GT is a pair that together is strong and consistent, where there is no weak link, and that’s what I think we have. And, I expect to see both of us get a lot stronger over the coming months.”
The Silverstone 500 starts at 12.20 on Sunday 31 May and tickets can be bought here: http://www.silverstone.co.uk/events/british-gt-championship
While the British GT Championship team races at Silverstone, the 24H Series team is at Zandvoort. Read the press release HERE.