Macmillan Racing proudly presents its team for the 2017 British GT Championship

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Macmillan Racing has doubled its commitment to the British GT Championship, adding an Aston Martin Vantage V12 GT3 entry to its existing Vantage V8 GT4, for the 2017 campaign.
“Heading into our second season,” said Team Principal David Macmillan, “we’re thrilled to be able to confirm our commitment to the British GT Championship. Our first year of racing allowed us to gain a foothold in the series and now I’m delighted to be able to expand our involvement, with a strong presence in both the GT3 and GT4 classes.
“The plan has always been to create a GT racing ladder, to give drivers and engineers a chance to progress, as they learn the business of endurance racing. We didn’t want to run before we could walk, so getting our feet wet in the GT4 class obviously made sense, last season… but now it’s time to step up and mix it with the big boys, too.
“We certainly don’t under-estimate the challenge that the Blue Riband class presents. New rivals, new cars, new teams, new line-ups to contend with – and a huge amount of experience in many of them. I think that adding the GT3 car to our attack shows that we’re serious in our intention to progress all the way in GT racing. You can’t be the best, unless you can beat the best.
“Our plan is to learn more in the British GT Championship, then expand further to the GTE class, with the eventual goal of racing at Le Mans and at World Championship level.”
The Macmillan Racing line-up for 2017 blends experience with youth. In the GT3 Aston Martin are James Littlejohn and Jack Mitchell, while the GT4 car will be driven by Jan J√łnck and Will Phillips.
Jack steps up from last season’s GT4 Macmillan Racing line-up, while James brings a wealth of experience in machinery both modern and historic. Will also made his debut in GT4 in 2016, with Jan moving from junior single-seaters into his first endurance-racing drive.
Winter testing has allowed all four drivers to get to know their new charges, while the engineering team has gathered valuable data, to prepare for the forthcoming season.
“It’s going to be a very busy year,” said David Macmillan. “The British GT Championship is super-competitive and adding a second car seems to have more than doubled the workload but we’re all eager to get to Oulton Park and see what the season brings. At this stage, no-one quite knows where they are, in relation to their rivals, so that first weekend should give us a few pointers.
“Last year, the season-opener went well for us, so I’m hoping for more of the same. We’re targeting more podium finishes in 2017 – and that so-far elusive first win! This season we want to step up from being contenders to being winners.
“British GT is a great championship and I’m delighted that Macmillan Racing is continuing to support it, wholeheartedly.”
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.

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