British Endurance Championship (BEC) race winners Andy Schulz and Paul Bailey are to make their Avon Tyres British GT Championship debut at this weekend’s Zandvoort races.
The duo, who have two wins the BEC this season, will drive a Ferrari 458 Challenge in the two 60 minute races at the Dutch track. Their entry into the weekend will also be the return of Scuderia Vittoria to the British GT grid.
The Essex based team entered a Ferrari 458 in the GT3 class in both 2011 and 2012, Charles Bateman and Michael Lyons taking two wins in 2011 before Aaron Scott and John Dhillon (now with AF Corse) moved to the team for last year’s campaign. The pair will run under the Horsepower Racing banner, assisted by Scuderia Vittoria in the same arrangement set-up as their BEC campaign.
Schulz and Bailey have been one of the regular driver pairing in the BEC paddock, switching to an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for this season on the eve of the first race of the season. Their new car has taken them to overall wins at Silverstone and Rockingham and to the lead of the Class One points, though they trail the Class Two pace setters in the overall championship standings.
The pair also plan to race in the British GT season finale at Donington Park.
Their arrival is one of several changes to the British GT entry for this weekend’s European excursion. Elsewhere United Autosports have cut their team to just a single Audi R8 LMS ultra after a troubled season with the McLaren MP4-12C. MTECH, meanwhile, switch from Ferrari to Ginetta, adding a third G55 GT3 to the grid for drivers Derek Johnston and Luke Hines.
The Checkered Flag will have full weekend coverage of the weekend, reporting from the track on the penultimate weekend of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.