Optimum confirms International GT Open return with two-car programme
Having stood on the top step of the podium in multipleclasses, Optimum Motorsport is pleased to confirm a return to International GTOpen for the start of the delayed 2020 season.
The British-based team first competed in the GT series in 2017, first with the Audi R8 and more recently Aston Martin Vantage. For the forthcoming campaign, the team will field two McLaren 720S GT3s, with Nick Moss and James Pickford in the #27 car and drivers of the second entry to be confirmed at a later date.
The global pandemic has had a significant impact on teams up and down the pitlane and championships around the world. The condensed calendar for the British GT Championship has forced a wholesale review within Optimum,the result has been a sooner than expected move to GT3 McLarens in Europe for Nick Moss and James Pickford.
“We looked at the revised British GT calendar and we had too many clashes for the drivers, so we had to look at our options,” Team Principal Shaun Goff explained. “It has been a tense time for a lot of teams, not least for ourselves, but I’m very happy with the outcome and the two-car GT Open programme; we have enjoyed our time in the series in the past and we hope to achieve further success in 2020.”
Having made the decision, Optimum Motorsport is therefore looking forward to the GT Open ProAm campaign, which gets underway in the first week of August and concludes in November, as well as programmes in British GT and GT World Challenge Europe.
“Despite a lot of turmoil in the industry, we are happy with the revised programme,” Goff continued. “We’re delighted with the three campaigns ahead and now we look forward to getting back on track and racing.”