Optimum Motorsport add second entry for Silverstone 500
Optimum Motorsport are doubling up this weekend (10-11 June, 2017) as the British GT Championship visits Silverstone for round six of the championship. As well as fielding Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson, the team will run a Ginetta GT4 for Ade Barwick and Bradley Ellis.
Barwick, who fielded a Ginetta G55 in the British GT championship with his own team between 2013 and 2015, raced more recently with Optimum Motorsport in numerous 24H Series races, winning the SP3 class in Dubai in January with the team. Ellis is also no stranger to the Ginetta, having raced alongside Barwick in the British SRO GT series.
“We’re looking for a fun weekend of racing,” said Ellis. “We had a brief shakedown at Snetterton recently, but we are heading into the weekend a little on the back foot with no real proper testing or development work.
“In saying that we really wanted to do this event. Ade and I feel we have unfinished business in British GT. If we’re going to do any race this year in the British GT, this is the one to do and we look forward to seeing our may friends in the paddock and having a good race on track.”
For Team Principal Shaun Goff, the Silverstone 500 will be an interesting challenge for the Optimum Crew. “We have Ade and Bradley joining us this weekend in the Ginetta, which is all good news,” Goff said. “It will be a bit of a learning curve, but we’re looking forward to the challenge. I’ve been working with Ade already this year in the 24H Series, so I’m confident he and Bradley will be quickly up to speed on what we hope will be an exciting weekend for Optimum Motorsport.”
The three-hour Silverstone 500 gets underway Sunday at 13.35.