Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport will be focusing on the British GT GT4 Championship after it announced that it had withdrawn its Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the remainder of the season.
The team had announced in July that it would be parting company with GT3 drivers Will Moore and Ryan Ratcliffe due to disappointing results as a consequence of the weight penalties incurred from running two Silver-rated drivers.
At the time, Team Principal Shaun Goff indicated he would be seeking new driving talent in the GT3 class. However it now appears that the decision has been taken to withdraw from GT3 and throw all the team’s efforts behind securing the GT4 class at both team and driver level.
“Wrapping up the GT4 title is possible at Snetterton, but we’re putting that to the back of our minds and focusing on achieving results in both races, aware that we’ll be compromised by a success penalty,” said Goff. “There will be small thoughts of the title ticking away in the background but we can’t get too drawn to that because you open yourself up to mistakes by pushing too hard. We’ll be there or thereabouts.”
PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport currently sits third in the GT4 Teams Championship on 114.5 points while the #50 Ginetta G55 GT4 driver pairing of Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson lead the GT4 Drivers Championship
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2016 British GT Championship take place at Snetterton on August 7.