Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport is to field new drivers in its Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the final two rounds of the 2016 British GT Championship.
Currently in ninth place in the GT3 Teams Championship on 27 points after a sixth place finish at Rockingham and a fifth place finish at Silverstone, Team Principal Shaun Goff has announced changes for Snetterton and Donington. As a result, Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore will no longer drive for the team.
The decision is centred around the weight penalties incurred when competing with two silver drivers.
“It’s a tricky situation with the weight penalties we’ve had to carry,” said Goff. “We know that the Audi R8 LMS GT3 is very competitive, but we’ve just not had the results that we would like.”
“I’d like to thank both Ryan and Will for their hard work and professionalism.”
Ratcliffe will continue to drive for Optimum Motorsport in its endurance programme.
Although the results for the GT3 programme may have been disappointing, Optimum Motorsport has enjoyed solid results with its PMW World Expo Racing / Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4, driven by Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson. The #50 car currently lies third in the GT4 Teams Championship on 114.5 points with Johnson and Robinson leading the GT4 Drivers Championship.
The next round of the 2016 British GT Championship will be held at Snetterton on August 8.