Jody Firth has been named as the sixth man in United Autosports’ driver line-up for the 2013 Avon Tyres Tyres British GT Championship, completing the team’s three car, two brand tilt at the title.
Firth joins the Anglo-American team to partner experienced historic racer Richard Meins in one of two McLaren MP4-12C planned for the full championship next season. Meins has raced in the past for the team as part of their Spa 24 Hours and Macau GP events in recent years. Firth meanwhile, joins the team after contesting the 2012 championship with Riki Christodoulou as regular co-driver in Team WFR’s Ginetta G55. However, Team WFR’s recent announcement they were stepping away from racing left Firth, who has also driven for European Le Mans Series team Murphy Prototypes this year, without a British GT home.
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Firth. “I will be racing a car that I think is brilliant and is the pinnacle of engineering. It stands us in good stead. United had a great season in 2012, and winning three out of the last four races shows that there is more to come. I am really looking forward to driving with them and meeting all my new teammates. They all have a good reputation and pedigree.”
“The British GT Championship is going from strength to strength, and no one car has run away with it this season so it’s a great championship to be competing in and you can win it. The package that I have gives me confidence that I can challenge for the Championship and that is an exciting prospect.”
The McLaren was the class of field in the second half of the 2012 season, Charles Bateman and Matt Bell effectively winning three of the last your races of the season, though it was their teammates, one-off entrants Zak Brown and Alvaro Parente who were first across the line in the season finale at Donington Park.
Brown, who co-owns the team with Richard Dean, and Parente will return for a full season in 2013 while Bell will partner Mark Patterson in an Audi R8 LMS Ultra for the team.
“I’m very excited to have Jody joining the team,” said Brown. “He completes our line-up of great drivers and helps put us in a strong position to challenge for the British GT Championship in 2013. This will be the team’s fourth year of racing and we now have everything in place to start preparing our campaign, getting the cars and drivers ready for a winning season.”