RAM Racing has announced that it will contest the 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS Endurance Cup with a driver line-up that includes two stars from the Intelligent Money British GT Championship and a highly experienced professional pilot.
Driving for Dan Shufflebottom’s Silverstone-based outfit will be Sam De Haan, Rob Collard and Callum Macleod.
De Haan began his racing career in 2018 when he, alongside teammate Johnny Cocker, drove the #69 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 to 8th place in the drivers standings. De Haan stayed with Barwell Motorsport for the 2019 season where he and Johnny Cocker finished runners-up to Graham Davidson and Jonny Adam after a hard-fought season in which the Barwell duo stood on the podium three times, including a win at Oulton Park.
De Haan moved to RAM Racing for the 2020 domestic season and again finished second in the drivers standings, this time with Patrick Kujala as teammate, driving the team’s #69 Mercedes-AMG GT3.
After a career in the British Touring Car Championship lasting 20 years, Rob Collard switched to GT racing for the 2020 season, partnering with Sandy Mitchell in the #78 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini. The move proved very successful and two wins and two second place finishes helped the Hampshire-based driver lift the GT3 drivers championship title at the final race.
No stranger to RAM Racing, Callum Macleod began racing karts in 2000, graduating to cars in 2005 with Formula BMW UK. Macleod first contested the Blancpain Endurance Series, the forerunner to GT World Challenge Europe, in 2015 and he has since raced on multiple occasions for Dan Shufflebottom’s squad.
For the blue-riband event of the Endurance Cup season, the Total 24 Hours of Spa, Macleod, De haan and Collard will be joined by Collard’s son. Ricky.
Rob Collard is excited about the switch to RAM Racing and the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“I’m delighted to be joining RAM Racing for this season and I’m massively excited to be part of what looks like a really strong team. I’ve gotten to know RAM well, especially through racing against them last year in British GT, so I know what a class act they are.
“It will be great sharing with Sam this year, too. He was tough to beat in British GT last season, and together with Callum, I think we can be right up there in the Pro-Am order. It will also be special to share a car with Ricky again at Spa. We won the Pro-Am category there last year and we’ll be aiming to do so again this time around.”
The 2021 Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS gets underway at Monza on April 16 – 18 with the opening round of the Endurance Cup.