Tech 9 FIA GT3 Update
Tech 9 Team Principal Phil Hindley confirmed to dsc at the weekend that all six of the available seats in the team’s trio of Porsche 997 GT3 Cup cars for the inaugural FIA GT3 Cup have been filled.

British GT racers Oliver Bryant, Dimitris Deverikos, James Murphy and Sean Edwards will be joined by Paul van Splunteren, who took third place in the 2005 Dutch Carrera Cup, and ex-Formula Renault and Belcar racer Maxime Dumarey. So that’s four nationalities aboard the three cars run by one of the UK’s most successful GT3 teams of recent years.

From a total of 41 British GT races entered by Tech 9 from 2003 to 2005, the team recorded an impressive 21 Wins, six second places and six third places, taking them to three Team Championships and two Drivers’ Championships.

While the multiple championship winning team already has a plan in mind for the three driver pairings, the final decision and announcement will be made following this week’s Dijon test sessions, where all six drivers and two of the Porsches will be present: the team’s third car arrives at the team’s Merseyside base on the 28th of April.

The Dijon test will also mark the final stage in the FIA’s equalization process, designed to provide as level a playing field as possible between the nine marques currently entered for the inaugural Series.

“The FIA has proven that it can do this effectively in GT1 so there’s every reason to trust that the extreme lengths they are going to, to log data, will produce the right result,” said Hindley.

The Dodge Competition Coupe has been touted by many as the car likely to dominate the series, does the Porsche attack stand a chance?

“We have a proven package, the Porsche is fast and it’s reliable and we have six good drivers. Yes the Viper is a concern but I think the process can help to equalize the field.”

We’ll know soon enough with the Series due to debut in support of the FIA GT Championship at Silverstone on 7 May.


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