Team Parker Racing will be bringing the all-new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship next season for the first time since the car was launched.
The GT4 comeback will be led by Seb Hopkins who finished third in the Ginetta Junior championship this year, his co-driver will be announced in early 2022. Team Parker are expected to remain in the GT3 class along with its Porsche Carrera Cup GB and Porsche Sprint Challenge GB programmes.
Hopkins, who turns 16 on New Years Eve, will become one of the youngest drivers in championship history as when he debuts at Oulton Park in April. While he wont challenge Tom Canning’s participation record (16 years and 35 days) or Sandy Mitchell’s pole position record (16 years and 100 days), he can potentially take the fastest lap and race victory records held by Mitchell and bear Jamie Chadwick’s championship-winning exploits.
Following two years in the Ginetta Junior championship, finishing third in the rookie standing in his first year before going on to third in the overall championship with 11 podiums in 25 races, Hopkins switches to the Cayman, which has not been seen in the championship since 2019.
“I’m extremely excited,” said Hopkins. “It’s a massive opportunity for me and I am very excited to be driving the newly launched Porsche Cayman 718 GT4 RS Clubsport in the British GT Championship. Working with Team Parker Racing we’re going to do as well as we possibly can – it’s going to be a big step and I think I’m probably going to be one of the youngest on the grid, but it’s something that can hopefully benefit my career.
“Team Parker Racing, I think, is the best team to be with. They’re very well established, especially in the Porsche side of it, so I think realistically we can do well and, whilst it will be a learning year, there’s no reason why we can’t be fighting for wins.
“My driving style definitely suits endurance length races and championships. The aim would be Le Mans like many other people, I’m sure, and I think this is the first step that could bring me to the top of that ladder. I also want to thank 1BR, a leading local used car retailer, and Moneybarn Vehicle Finance for their backing over the past few years.”
Team Parker is expected to confirm its British GT3 plans early in the new year.