Von Ryan Racing’s Andrew Watson is ready for his first taste of GT3 machinery as he prepares to take part in the first round of the 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Oulton Park.
Taking to the wheel of the brand new McLaren 650S GT3 alongside GT4 champion Ross Wylie, the Northern Irishman is hoping that his experience around Oulton in the Ginetta GT4 SuperCup can put him in a good position in what is the first race he will take part in that needs a driver change.
With 16 other cars in the GT3 category – and 34 cars overall – traffic will also be a problem for Watson who needs to use his brand new McLaren to good effect to pick off the slower cars.
He said: “I would love to achieve a top-five result in either of the Oulton Park races but it’s very difficult to predict the outcome of the first races taking into account it’s my first-ever GT3 race. Additionally Ross and I have both been graded as silver level drivers by the organisers meaning we incur a weight penalty making it an even bigger challenge.
“The McLaren 650S GT3 is already good but obviously we are continually working on improving it. Having the engineering know-how of McLaren GT and the Von Ryan Racing team behind us is brilliant. We’ll have tested at Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone, Oulton and Brands Hatch. Every lap I spend in the car I’m learning and I’ve already got a good relationship with my co-driver Ross [Wylie]. I’ve previously recorded podiums at Oulton. It’s bumpy and very tight, especially for our big GT3 cars. My family are heading over from Co. Tyrone for the weekend which will be great. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”