With extensive programmes in GT Open and the British GT Championship, Optimum Motorsport has opted to compete in the GT Cup Championship later this month in what will be a one-off outing at Brands Hatch.
Ollie Wilkinson and Bradley Ellis will compete in the second round of the GT Cup Championship which takes place on the long Grand Prix layout of the Brands Hatch circuit. The duo, who race together in the GT Open Championship, will compete in the Audi R8 LMS and the team appreciate that coming into a new championship is always a difficult prospect, but hope to gain valuable experience as a result.
“We’re doing this race because it is a great opportunity for Ollie in particular to compete on the Brand Hatch Grand Prix loop,” stated team principal Shaun Goff. “It’s a classic circuit and a challenge to every driver due to it’s tight confines and high-speed nature.
“It’s also good to be fielding the Audi R8 LMS in this race,” Goff continued. “It’s a new generation GT car and that adds a little to the field. We’re under no illusions that we will be able to arrive and then run at the front. That’s not the reason for doing these rounds, it is simply to get some additional mileage in the car for Ollie and for him to compete on what is a new circuit for him. Of course, a strong result would always be a bonus!”
Optimum Motorsport are coming off of the back of a strong showing in GT Open where the duo were all set for a stunning victory in Portugal, only for a gearbox failure on the very final lap which dashed those hopes.
With a wide-variety of GT equipment in the GT Cup and up to 42 entries last season, the team now look forward to the next challenge which takes place with three rounds on 19-20 May.