RAM Racing will make a return to the British GT Championship in 2019 with two new drivers to the team – professional racer Callum Macleod (GBR) and his long-standing team-mate Ian Loggie (GBR) – and their Mercedes AMG GT3.
Silverstone Park-based RAM Racing last entered the full British GT Championship in 2015 with its Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 and then made a one-off appearance at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this year. The European Le Mans Series and 24H Series championship-winners are hoping to add the British GT Championship title to their list of achievements next season and Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom thinks they have a very capable package:
“The British GT Championship is one of the world’s top national GT3 series and we’re delighted to be back on the grid in 2019. It’s extremely competitive but Callum and Ian have shown race and championship-winning pace over the last few years and both did a great job at the test earlier this month.
“The Mercedes AMG GT3 is a great car for the British circuits – its nimble and well-suited to the tight and twisty sections that we see at Oulton Park, for example, but able to stretch its legs at tracks such as Silverstone. Mercedes AMG factory driver Yelmer Buurman, who raced with us in Barcelona 24 Hours, showed last season what the car is capable of and we’re excited to go and see what we can do.”
Callum and Ian have raced together since 2015 when they won their class in the 24 Hours of Spa. In 2017 they entered the British GT Championship in a Bentley Continental GT3 and completed two seasons, which included another race win at Spa-Francorchamps. The pair will make their debut in the Kraftwerk Tools Mercedes AMG GT3 at the opening round of the British GT Championship in April.
Callum Macleod: “We’ve had three fantastic seasons in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 and I’m sure this isn’t the end of our relationship with the team or brand. But Ian is here to learn as a driver so it’s good to try different machinery. We tested the RAM Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 and were impressed with the car and the team, so we decided to see what we can do together in 2019. Over the last two years in British GT I’d say we haven’t had the results we perhaps deserved so we’re looking forward to giving it another go! I’m delighted that we will still partner with Kraftwerk Tools in 2019.”
Ian Loggie: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to race with Team Parker Racing in the Bentley for the last three years, but I was keen to make sure my skill sets develop. After testing the Mercedes AMG GT3, I think there’s a lot I can learn from it. I also think it’s a car that will do well in British GT. RAM Racing are an incredibly impressive team – extremely professional and everything is well-prepared. I’m looking forward to a new chapter in my racing and can’t wait to get to Oulton Park in April.”