Aston Martin factory driver Nicki Thiim is having his first outing in the British GT Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend of March 31 – April 2. Speaking during FP1 for Monday’s two one-hour races, Thiim was in upbeat mood as he prepared to support his team-mate Mark Farmer in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage.
“We have upped the game today and for the season,” said the Danish driver, commenting on the number of works drivers competing in Britain’s premier GT series. “It’s a long time since I’ve had so much fun in a race car.”
Commenting on the Oulton Park circuit, Thiim continued: “It’s a good, old ‘old school’ race track and I really enjoy it. It’s almost reminds me of when I started. It’s great to see so many people and I hope the weather stays reasonable for the guys out there so we can have a good show.”
“(The weather) is almost like it is in Denmark. It’s the first race of the year and I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a long winter but now we’re on it. My team-mate Mark is doing a tremendous job. He is really motivated after the winter break and the whole team has a good package this year, I think.”
Nicki Thiim hs a busy season ahead of him as, in addition to his duties in the British GT Championship, he is also driving for R-Motorsport in Blancpain GT and the in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing.
“We have a gorgeous new weapon (for the WEC),” said Thiim. “I hope you guys like it. It’s a good time to be in Aston Martin. It’s a pleasure to be part of it. It’s going to be historic and I can’t wait to go in the WEC season this year. I think it’s going to be a tremendous year. We saw in IMSA at Daytona and Sebring how close it is so I think this year GTE is going to be the category to watch.”
The Aston Martin factory drivers are a close-knit team, on and off the track.
“It’s is a good family atmosphere inside Aston Martin,” said Thiim. “We just came back from a camp where we had a week together. I spend more time with those guys than the people at home. For me racing will always be priority number one and it’s always great to have so many nice people around me to share the passion with.”
Qualifying for Round One of the 2018 British GT Championship gets underway at 15:55 on March 31 with the lights going out for the first 60-minute race at 11:10 on April 2.