British GT 2017 is GO!
Macmillan Racing’s two-car team of Aston Martins is primed and ready for the start of the 2017 British GT Championship, which opens on Bank Holiday Monday at Oulton Park in Cheshire.
An Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 joins the team’s Vantage V8 GT4, as Macmillan Racing begins its second season in racing. The expanded crew and its four drivers are looking forward with eager anticipation to the start of the season, this Easter weekend.
“The off-season has been very busy for everyone involved,” says Team Principal David Macmillan, “and yet, suddenly, the first race weekend is here. We’re ready for action and can’t wait to get going.”
Tasked with making the team’s debut in GT3 – the blue riband category – are James Littlejohn and Jack Mitchell. James is new to the team and – barring a couple of appearances – the British GT Championship itself, while Jack steps up from the team’s GT4 car to the big class.
“British GT is one of the most admired and respected categories in the country,” reckons James, “and there’s always lots of close racing. The big GT3s are going to find Oulton Park pretty tight, but it’s a classic circuit and I’m really looking forward to getting the season underway.”
“We had a pretty decent time at Oulton last season,” recalls Jack, “claiming our very first podium finish, so I’ve got great memories of the circuit. If we can do the same again, in the big car, I’ll be thrilled!”
Driving the GT4 car are another pair with mixed experience. Will Phillips joins the crew after his maiden British GT season, in a Ginetta, while Jan Jønck comes to GT racing from single-seaters, having raced in British F3 last season.
“It’s going to be great to be back in action,” smiles Will. “Last year, I was on the podium, after chasing the Macmillan Aston all the way. Now, I’m going to be in that very car, so it’ll be interesting to find out where it’s stronger. Oulton is always hectic, so fingers crossed for a great weekend to get us started.”
“Last season, racing at Oulton in British F3,” says Jan, “I had no idea that I’d be back a year later in such a totally different car. Each stint in the Aston will be half as long again as an F3 race, so the endurance aspect is going to be as big a shock as the huge field of cars!”
Supported by Aston Martin Racing, the team’s two cars boast the very latest 2017-spec. Bank Holiday Monday’s pair of one-hour races are the first in a season of encounters - from one to three hours - at circuits across the UK and in Europe. Macmillan Racing’s plan is simple – aim for wins and see how the season unfolds.
“We’re very ambitious,” says David Macmillan. “Grabbing a clutch of podium finishes in such a tightly-fought Championship in our rookie season was fantastic… but that means you recalibrate your sights. Now, we know podiums are achievable, so the next step is race wins. And race wins lead to Championship wins. That’s the road-map.
“We’re under no illusions here. GT3 is another step up from where we’ve been, with the GT4 car but I believe we have the car, the drivers and the team to take the fight to the very best in the country. I can’t wait!”
The 2017 British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park in Cheshire, over the Easter weekend, with qualifying on Saturday April 15th and two one-hour races on Bank Holiday Monday, April 17th. Both races will be shown live on Frontrunner TV.
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