Lee Mowle will be back in the Mercedes AMG GT3 for a 2018 campaign of the British GT. The Mercedes is the same car, Lee used last year with former team mate Ryan Radcliffe, but this year he moved away from former team AMDtuning.com to ERC Sport. The newly formed ERC sport was established by Keith Cheatham, who has worked with Lee previously in British GT, through AMD and Triple Eight. Cheatham has also overseen Trackspeed and their success. For this upcoming season Lee will have the the support of AMG factory driver Yelmer Buurman.
2018 will be Yelmer’s first season in the championship, but he is no stranger to some of the destinations the championship travel to, as the 30-year-old competed in British F3 in 2006 finishing forth. Yelmer is experienced behind the wheel of the AMG GT3 racing in; Blancpain GT series, Nurburgring 24 hours and recently winning the Dubai 24 hours. He will be instantly on the pace around all venues featured on the calendar. Yelmer has spoken about the season ahead;
“Only Rockingham will be new to me, but it’s also been a long time since I raced in the UK full-time, I was a teenager the last time that happened! We have some testing scheduled at Portimao before the media day, and then at Oulton Park just before the opening round, so there’s plenty of time to work with Lee and the team before the season starts”
“I’ve not done a huge amount of Pro/Am racing but I do have a lot of experience in the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which is important given the level of opposition this year. Clearly Aston Martin are pushing very hard! There are definitely circuits that will suit our car, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge. It’s always a privilege to race at tracks like Oulton and Brands Hatch GP.”
Lee Mowle’s previous British GT season was cut short due to damage sustained to the car in the Michelin Le Mans Cup but is optimistic about his and Yelmer’s 2018 campaign. Lee has said;
“2017 became a bit frustrating for me because of two programmes and car issues that weren’t immediately obvious, but with all that now behind us I’m hopeful we can show what we’re really capable of. I’ve never been a trophy hunter and only want to race the best in order to improve, and British GT provides exactly that this season.”
“This year’s Am and Pro roster looks really strong, there’s no weak pairings out there and we’ll need to bring our A-game every weekend to have any chance of making the top-five. The GT3 grid is incredibly strong.”
“There wasn’t much point doing British GT without having a quick Pro to work with, and Yelmer is one of AMG’s very best. Crucially, he’s quick over a single lap and race distance, and we’ll need both if we’re to make an impression this year.”
Along with their GT3 announcement, ERC have also released that they have purchased two Mercedes AMG GT4’s. One of the cars has been assigned already, however the second car is still available to potential customers. Hopefully it will find itself in the GT4 class at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.
Photo credit: British GT/ERC Sport