Sam Li, Managing Director of Team Maranello Concessionaires, commented, "Every member of our team is driven by a passion to win. Last year, Veloqx Motorsport took the British Ferrari challenge to other famous marques to win the British GT crown. Now, we are ready to take that same challenge to the international level.
"The FIA GT championship is hugely competitive, and packed starting grids are anticipated for 2003. With nine 3-hour races and a 24-hour race on the famous Belgian circuit at Spa, there will certainly be a lot of pressure on us. But we have all the right ingredients to perform strongly. With numerous improvements for 2003, the car will be very good, the technical partners are fully supporting the programme, the team has an excellent new facility in Brackley, a wealth of engineering skills and experience and undoubtedly the very best of young British drivers," concluded Li.
Although the FIA GT Championship is predominantly a pan-European affair, British fans will have a chance to see TMC in action at Donington for the British round of the series on 29 June and throughout the year, Eurosport will cover each round of the championship. All the action-packed drama of TMC’s first foray into Europe will also be captured by special fly-on-the-wall TV cameras of sports programme producers CSS for broadcast exclusively on Sky Sports (see separate release).
For its campaign to win the FIA GT Championship, TMC has selected four British drivers with an abundance of talent, experience and promise to continue the fantastic international track record previously created by legendary stars of the past. Veloqx star of 2002, Jamie Davies (Ferrari’s reigning British GTO Champion) will head the TMC attack, partnered by youngster Tim Mullen for a second season. New recruits to the team for 2003 sharing the other 360 GT, will be 2001 British GTO Champion, Kelvin Burt and ex-DTM racer, McLaren F1 tester, Darren Turner.
Andrew Kirkaldy and a sixth driver (to be named) will join the team’s driver line-up for the Spa 24 Hours.
Technical partnerships are hugely important in securing motor racing success, and TMC is delighted to continue its relationship with Dunlop, which will become an exclusive technical development partner for 2003, creating tyres tailored to suit the specific characteristics of the 360 GT. Most of the victories scored by the original Maranello Concessionaires team were achieved using Dunlop tyres.Published 25 March 2003