Marton, Warwickshire-based Tolman Motorsport has unveiled the livery for its British GT Championship-bound McLaren 570S GT4.
Tolman Motorsport, which announced its plans for the 2017 British GT Championship in November last year, is the first customer team for the McLaren 570S GT4 which was launched in March 2016.
Mark Pattison and his driver coach Joe Osborne will campaign the car which was presented via social media in a distinctive ‘stealth bomber’ matt grey livery with purple highlights to the rear wing and diffuser, front splitter, mirror supports and design detail on the body. Adding to the military aviation theme were the air intake warning signs on the doors.
The car will be seen in public for the first time at the British GT Championship Media Day, the traditional launch for the new season, which will be held at Snetterton on March 28.
The British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.
Garforth-based United Autosports has announced that Portuguese driver Filipe Albuquerque has joined the team to pilot its 2017 European Le Mans Series LMP2 entry. Sharing the driving duties will be American Will Owen and Swiss-born Hugo de Sadeleer.
Albuquerque has an impressive sports car and prototype CV, having first raced in GTs in the 2009 Italian GT Championship. He became an Audi factory driver in 2011 and has competed in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the European Le Mans Series, the Spa 24 Hours, the Blancpain Endurance Series and, most recently, the 2017 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona where, along with Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa, he finished second in the Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi.
As 2016 European Le Mans LMP3 champions, United Autosports has received an invitation to the 2017 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Will Owen and Hugo de Sadeleer have already been announced as part of the Le Mans driver line-up with the third driver yet to be announced.
Academy Motorsport has confirmed that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with its Aston Martin Vantage GT4 driven by Matt Nicoll-Jones and Will Moore. The team has also entered the GT4 European Series Northern Cup.
Will Moore first raced with Academy Motorsport in 2014 when he competed in the Michelin Ginetta GT4 Supercup and the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge. He contested the 2015 British GT Championship with Academy Motorsport in the Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Last season, partnered with Ryan Ratcliffe, he drove the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the premier national GT championship.
Garforth, Leeds-based United Autosports has confirmed its entry into the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup. Shaun Lynn and Richard Meins will be driving the team’s Ligier JS P3 as the Michelin Le Mans Cup expands to include the LMP3 class.
United Autosports won both the LMP3 Teams Championship and Drivers Championship in the 2016 European Le Mans Series. Alex Brundle, Christian England and Mike Guasch drove the #2 United Autosports entry to first place in both championships while the sister #3 entry, with the driver line-up of Matt Bell, Wayne Boyd and Mark Patterson finished fifth in the Drivers Championship and fourth in the Teams Championship.
Jackie Chan DC Racing and Kent-based Jota Sport have announced that they are to join forces to enter a pair of ORECA 07 LMP2s in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Jota Sport, 2016 European Le Mans Series champions, ran the G-Drive Racing entry in last season’s FIA World Endurance Championship, finishing third in the standings for the FIA Endurance Trophy For LMP2 Teams. G-Drive Racing had a strong finish to the season with consecutive victories at the last three rounds.
Jackie Chan DC Racing finished second in the LMP2 class in the 2016/17 Asian Le Mans Series and 2017 will be the second year of FIA World Endurance Championship competition for the DC Racing team.
The combined team will run under the Chinese flag with an entrant name of Jackie Chan DC Racing.
“I am very excited that our team Jackie Chan DC Racing has joined forces with Jota Sport to create what I believe will be a very strong squad for 2017 in the FIA World Endurance Championship,” said team owner and driver, David Cheng. “I have already got a very good feeling that I and our partners will enjoy racing alongside Sam Hignett, David Clark and all the team at Jota Sport.”
Team Director for Jota Sport Sam Hignett is also excited at the opportunities that the 2017 season offers.
“This is a significant day for both Jota Sport and Jackie Chan DC Racing,” said Hignett. “This new alliance will ensure we can carry the momentum that both squads had from 2016 in to the current campaign and continue the winning ways which saw such a successful end to last season.”
The first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place at Silverstone on April 16.
"When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is…. just waiting. " Steve McQueen – "Le Mans" – 1971