Last year’s top team, Motorbase Performance, has revealed a new line up for their pair of Aston Martins in the 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
Joining last year’s runner up Ahmad Al Harthy in the #2 Aston Martin V12 Vantage will be Daniel Lloyd, who is hoping his bit-part season last year can help him during his first full season with the team.
In the sister #3 flying Scotsman Rory Butcher will be joined by Motorbase stalwart Liam Griffin who has been with team going on six seasons.
“It’s great that Ahmad is back with us again this year, along with Liam Griffin in the other car. I think they’re going to enjoy their season and to have two class drivers like Daniel Lloyd and Rory Butcher in the team is great,” said Motorbase Team Principal David Bartrum.
“I think we’ve got two very strong pairings for British GT and I can’t wait to get started. We’ve got to try and go one better this year. We finished runner up last year in the driver’s Championship and won the Team Championship which was fantastic for the team, but you really want to win the drivers’ title as well so we’ll have to work even harder this year and try to achieve our goals.”
For Lloyd, the MSA Team UK driver will have no better coaching in the Vantage than last year’s runner up Al Harthy who finished a slim 10.5 points behind champion Marco Attard in the standings.
Lloyd said: “I raced against Ahmad back in 2012 and we got on well, he’s a really nice guy. I knew how much he worked back then and I know he puts in a lot of hard work away from the track. He puts everything into his racing just like I do, so I’m sure that we’ll make really good team mates and we’ll be strong contenders for the championship. We’ll be going for the win.”
Rory Butcher, one of the standout rookies of last year with two podiums and four top ten finishes, partnering with Liam Griffin full time – they joined up three times last year – could give them that championship winning consistency.
The Scot said: “Liam is one of the best amateur drivers on the grid and an excellent partner. We have a great relationship and having him on-board for the full season gives us a strong chance of getting consistent results and to build on the successes of last year. We were the fastest Aston on the grid by the end of last season and I know that the team are capable of winning the Championship so I can’t wait for the season to get underway.”
While the majority of their plans for the season were revealed, Bartrum did reveal that there is a third Vantage awaiting a pair for this season: “We’ve still got a third Vantage ready and waiting at the workshop and our intention is to expand the GT squad even further this year;” Bartrum added. “We’re actively seeking new drivers to complement our existing line up and have a great package available for the start of the 2015 season.”