Trackspeed Changes For 2007
The David Ashburn owned team had a stunning 2006 season - its first
year of racing - in the British GT Championship, with the operation
masterminded by Piers Masarati.
"Mazza" is off doing other things now
though (currently he's team manager of the Mexican A1GP team, leading
the 2006-7 series already, with driver Salvador Duran), but David
Ashburn hasn't been slow to set a new direction for the new year.
"The team is being revamped," he remarked,
at Brands Hatch on Saturday afternoon - where he and Fred Moss took
an unusual, but throughly deserved, win in the Britcar Night Race.
"We'll run three Porsche 997s in the British
GT Championship and, subject to confirmation from the FIA, the same
cars will race in the European FIA GT3 Championship. There are no
date clashes between the two series.
"Tim Sugden is going to be our consultant,
and we're negotiating with two top mechanics to work for the team."
Ashburn himself had an odd 2006 season: it looked
as though he was going to concentrate on the British GT Championship,
partnering Ryan Hooker, but he drifted out of that partnership after
the Donington Park race, and concentrated on the Carrera Cup.
"I'm not doing the Carrera Cup next year -
I'm concentrating on GTs," he said on Saturday.
He and Fred Moss took the Night Race win a couple
of hours later, his partner suggesting that Ashburn had just won
his first GT race (rather than a one-make series event). Was he
right? The pair of them are pictured after Saturday evening's win.
Tim Sugden has headed east after the FIA GT race
at Dubai: he's currently in China, on GruppeM business.