BGT Media Day 1 – Chad Racing
After a toe-in-the-water outing at the (August) BGT Silverstone
round last year, Chad Racing will be competing in the full 2006
championship with a Porsche 911 GT3 for Andy Allen and Pete James.
Neither driver had taken up racing until the turn-of-the-millennium
was but a distant memory, but both have made up for it since then.
Allen started out in the Kumho Tyres BMW Championship in 2001, finishing
fourth that year (before winning the title in both the following
two years), while James started out in Caterham Roadsports before
moving to Superlights. Britcar followed for Allen in 2004 (with
his BMW M3), before he teamed up with James in the Porsche at Chad
A highlight of the Britcar season was an excellent
fifth overall finish at the inaugural Britcar 24, where the pair
shared with Calum Lockie, Bo McCormick and Phillip Harris –
Chad’s other 911 finishing a fine second.
But Britcar and BGT weren’t enough for team
and drivers in ’05, so they also took part in selected rounds
of the Belgian Touring Car Series and the VW Fun Cup, including
the Spa 25 Hours in the latter series.
This year, the focus is fully on the BGT Championship
and the team has one aim. “We want to win,” said Pete
James. “There are a lot of strong, competitive cars out there
in GTC, and we’re looking to finish strongly in all rounds.”
“Consistent point scoring is how you win championships;
not necessarily by winning,” continued Andy Allen.
Team manager Jim Hersey is looking forward to the
challenge. “We’re here because it is a full championship,
which wasn’t the case with Britcar. We showed what we could
do at the (BGT) Silverstone round and it was just a shame that we
had to race in the Invitation Class, because otherwise we would
have finished third in GT3.”
The car is Dave
Pinkney’s Porsche Cup car from 2003. Among its many rivals
in GTC will be two Ferrari 360s, with former Chad pedallers Nigel
Greensall and Calum Lockie sharing those two.