CRS Racing is to return to the British GT championship for 2011, entering two Ferrari 458 into the premier GT3 class of the series.
2011 will be only the second time CRS Racing have competed in the British championship, only previously having raced in 2008 – when the squad won the teams' title. Andrew Kirkaldy's team have since become regulars in the FIA GT Championship and the Le Mans Series.
An awesome array of drivers have been assembled for the two cars that, despite a large field already confirmed for the championship, instantly install the CRS crews amongst the favourites even before the season starts.
After finishing runner-up in the series after a part season with Trackspeed in 2010 Glynn Geddie takes one car, sharing the car with his father, Jim. “It was a huge learning curve for me last season,” said the younger Geddie. “This season I am better prepared and more equipped for the challenge. There is obviously a new twist on things now as I'll be teaming up with my dad, but we have a strong relationship and I'm relishing the opportunity to drive with him. Jim has come a long way with his driving and I am confident we will make a good team.”
Most of 20-year-old Glynn's GT experience comes in Porsches, both in British GT and Carrera Cup – his first high profile run in Ferrari coming earlier this year in an ill-fated entry into the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“The 911 has to be wrestled to get the best from it but the Ferrari needs a gentler touch,” Geddie compares to two cars, “CRS takes delivery of the cars quite late so testing will be limited, but I am confident that with the team's resources we can hit the ground running.”
The second car will be shared by 2007 series champion Alex Mortimer, moving from his family's RPM Motorsport team with whom he ran last season. Andrew Tate completes the driving quartet.
The announcement adds two more of Ferrari's new GT3 car – which Kirkaldy heralds as “a great car and a big step forward from the old 430” – to a grid which already includes 458s under the MTECH and Scuderia Vittoria banners. Audi, Mercedes, Porsche and Ascari will also be represented on the grid.