Edwards sisters look to continue the family tradition at Stratton Motorsport
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Stratton Motorsport have confirmed its participation in this year's British GT Championship with sisters Chloe and Jade Edwards driving a GT4 specification Aston Martin Vantage.
The Long Stratton-based team have almost four decades of experience with the Aston Martin marque with 2015 marking its first serious British GT Championship assault having successfully competed in many other GT based series in its past.
'We are delighted to continue our relationship with Chloe and Jade in 2015 after helping them to become the first all-female crew to win an Aston Martin race at the end of last season,' said team principal Roger Bennington.
Jade added: 'This season is something myself and Chloe have built up to our entire lives. We have grown up in the sport watching our father and grandfather, so to team up and compete in the British GT Championship with Stratton Motorsport is something that will be very special for us.'
Chloe echoed her sister's excitement: 'I'm so happy to be joining forces with my sister. It's something that we have always worked toward and for it to be confirmed that we are racing an Aston Martin in British GT is the best news imaginable.
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'It's a new situation for us, coming from sprint racing as we do, and it means we can now eliminate sibling rivalry and use it to our advantage.'
Last year was an exceptional year for Jade, as it included a win and podiums in the Aston Martin Challenge, as well as victories in the Hungary 12 Hour and Race of Remembrance 8 Hour event at Anglesey.
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Meanwhile, 2014 marked Chloe's return to racing after a brief break from the sport and she proved her ability by partnering Jade to victory in the final round of the Aston Martin Challenge at Donington Park.
'GT racing is all about consistency and as Chloe and I are very close over a lap, I really think we can make an impact on the series next year,' added Jade.
'It's going to be a big step up for both of us.'
Jade and Chloe are the third generation to grace the racing circuits following their father Jim Edwards Junior and grandfather Jim Edwards Senior who started racing a Mini Cooper in the mid 1960s.
Jim Senior raced alongside budding World Champions Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt in Formula 3 before returning to his saloon car roots and becoming the Renault 5TS Champion in 1979.
Father Jim, who is the motorsport team manager at Stratton Motorsport, has also claimed Renault titles, the 5GT Turbo Championship in 1990 followed by Clio Cup success in 2000 and continues to race occasional alongside his father.