British GT Gets A GT3 Leg-up At Donington Park
The GT3s were absent for the first pair of races at Oulton Park,
but the two hour event at Donington Park on May 21 will see seven
of the new-category machines join the GT2s and GTCs.
entering a Porsche 997 for (team co-owner) Rory Fordyce and Danny
Watts, while Barwell Motorsport will have all three of its Aston
Martin DBRS9s in action, with LotusSport Cadena also introducing
its three Lotus Exiges to the series.
British F3 race
winner and 2002 Formula Renault Champion Danny Watts seems bound
to make an impact in the two hour event.
“I’ve known Piers (Masarati) a number
of years and it’s going to be good to team up with him, Trackspeed
and Rory (Fordyce) for that weekend,” says Watts. “The
997 shouldn’t be too different from the Cup cars I’m
used to, but I never raced at Donington in the Porsche and I’m
looking forward to getting some track time before the race weekend.
I’m going to do the best possible job I can and drive as quick
as possible. The race is going to be different from what I’ve
been used to but there’s nothing like being thrown in at the
deep end. My fitness is very good and ultimately I’m looking
forward to the endurance side of the GT racing, which is going to
be a new experience for me.”
“We’ve been keeping an eye on Danny for a long time,”
says Trackspeed TM Piers Masarati. “He has always impressed
us with his speed and ability, which was demonstrated by his podium
finish in the Carrera Cup race at Mondello. As a team we like to
have young, talented drivers and Danny will fit in very well.”
took three podium finishes at Oulton Park with its Cup Class Porsches.
Watts and Fordyce will be up against Barwell Aston Martins for Tom
Alexander / Michael Bentwood, Leo Machitski / Piers Johnson and
Paul Drayson / TBA.
The three LotusSport
Cadena Exiges will be pedalled by Paul Whight / Chris Randall, Barrie
Whight / Gavan Kershaw and George Mackintosh / Sam Blogg.
The third car is a new addition to the LotusSport
Cadena fleet: it's the test car that ran at Paul Ricard (in the
FIA's equalisation tests).