Experienced GT driver Flick Haigh will join Optimum Motorsport for this weekend’s 12 Hours of Mugello, the second round of the Hankook 24H Series.
Haigh will share a Ginetta G55 GT4 with regular drivers Bradley Ellis and Ade Barwick, who will be seeking to repeat their SP2 class success at the season opening Dubai 24 Hours in January.
Having competed in Caterham Superlights for a number of years, Haigh moved across to GT racing in 2012. The following year she made her Dubai 24 Hours début, driving for Optimum Motorsport in a Ginetta G50 GT4.
Her racing pedigree was quickly noticed by Triple 8 Engineering, which led to her inclusion in the British GT team’s TEDD driver development programme. Last year saw Haigh make her V de V series debut, in which she recorded a podium at Paul Ricard.
Haigh then added to her impressive resume by finishing third in class at this year’s Dubai 24 Hours, driving an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 for Speedworks Motorsport.
The 30 year old is hoping that this latest opportunity will set her in good stead for future GT drives.
“I know Shaun [Goff, Optimum Motorsport Managing Director] runs a very good team and having driven the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta, albeit not the same one, I know they produce a very good race car and it looked like a good opportunity,” said Haigh. “Based on what I saw in Dubai I think we’ll have the pace to run at the front and Brad showed the cars capabilities in qualifying at Dubai; he clearly knows the car pretty well.”
“For me it’s about familiarity in team and car; I wanted to race at Mugello as it’s a circuit I’ve heard a lot about and have never driven at. Eliminating as many unknowns was key,”
“I’m excited to race the Ginetta G55 GT4,” she added. “I’ve had some experience in a few different Ginettas and have always got on well with them. The Aston [Vantage GT4] is quite like a road car, but I believe the Ginetta is more of an out-and-out racer and you can be a bit more aggressive with it. I loved the Cup version of the G55 and I think if we can stay out of trouble we should be good.”
Team owner Goff concluded, “We’re chuffed to have Flick back with us. She’s a quality driver and has benefited from her experience with Triple Eight and her outings in the VdeV Endurance Series last year. I don’t think there is a weak link in this team and we’re keen to make it two wins out of two next weekend.”
Haigh will join Ellis and Barwick for the optional test on March 12. The 12 Hours of Mugello gets under way on Friday March 13 at 12:30 GMT and will run for four hours before a break. The race will resume on Saturday at 08:30 GMT, which will allow for the completion of the remaining eight hours.