Trackspeed’s Matt Allison
We keep writing about Trackspeed and its British GT plans – because Team Manager Piers Masarati keeps slotting another piece of the jigsaw into place.

This time it’s the news that Matt Allison will drive a Porsche 996 in the GT Cup Class of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship – his partner is currently TBA, but Piers Masarati reckons that he has another very strong pairing lined up here.

The previously announced Trackspeed drivers are:
David Ashburn / Ryan Hooker
Miles Hulford / Matt Harris.

So with Matt Allison’s partner due to be announced next week, that’s this team almost sorted.

“Matt was fantastic at Donington when we tested him a couple of weeks ago,” says the Team Manager. “He had never driven the Porsche before but he was quickly into the swing of things, got the best out of the car and was lapping very quickly.”

“I think I rattled Piers enough for him to want to go out and beat my time!” says the new driver (tongue slightly in cheek).

Matt Allison has been racing Renault Clios for two seasons – successfully enough to have won the recent Winter Series: “That meant a free entry into this year’s championship, but I’ve decided to turn that down for the move into GTs,” explains Allison.

“Piers called me and explained what the team had to offer. With Piers having been so successful himself, I was confident that this was the team to go with. I’ve known him for three or four years, because we were instructors together at Brands Hatch.”

“I’m mega happy to get him in one of our cars,” says the ever-quotable Masarati. “I think he will be one of the benchmark drivers in 2006 and we are working hard to make sure we hit the ground running at the first round in April.”

22 year old Matt Allison, a Sales Executive at a Renault Dealership, is hoping to fit in two or three more tests before the Championship gets going at Oulton Park at Easter – and he can’t wait to get into the green and yellow Porsche again.“I’d never driven a Porsche race car, but I loved it. It’s powerful and progressive, with lots of feedback. I did about 15 laps at Donington Park, and was ‘right on it’.

“We all know and love races like Sebring and Le Mans, and that’s where I’d like to compete, so the British GT Championship is the ideal starting point. I’m looking at GT racing as a career.”

With over 20 season-long BGT entries confirmed for 2006 already, this is looking like an interesting season ahead – and the Porsches in the Cup Class are looking very strong, even in mid-February.


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