Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport has announced that it will contest the 2018 British GT Championship in the GT3 category with an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to be piloted by 2015/16 GT3 drivers champion Jonny Adam and Optimum Motorsport regular driver Flick Haigh.
Haig contested the 2017 Michelin Le Mans Cup with the team in its Audi R8 LMS, with Joe Osborne completing the driver line-up. The #75 Optimum Motorsport entry finished fourth in the GT3 Teams Championship with Haigh and Osborne finishing joint fifth in the drivers standings.
“I’m really excited about this and I’m very much looking forward to getting back behind the wheel,” said Flick Haigh. “It’s like starting again. We have the right car, the right teammate and we’ll be flat out to make the best of amazing opportunity.”
“I’ve already met with Jonny and he’ll be a pleasure to work with,” continued Haigh. “He’s very down to earth and we know his track record in the Aston is sensational. It’s a while since I’ve raced in the UK but the new challenge will be very exciting and I can’t wait to get stuck in.”
2017 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTE Pro winner Adam is excited at the opportunity to partner Haigh and join Optimum Motorsport.
“It’s great to be joining Optimum Motorsport,” said Adam. “It’s a new team, for me and for Aston Martin Racing, so it’s fantastic that they have a new customer in Optimum Motorsport and in Flick.”
“She’s done a lot of racing and her times are good, as is her consistency, so we’ll be pushing hard in what is a really important season ahead,” continued Adam. “Optimum Motorsport are winners in the 24H Series and in British GT, so I’m very upbeat about the season ahead. We know it’s never easy but the aim is to work with Flick to put together what we believe will be a strong championship challenge.”
The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.