Stratton Motorsport flex their muscles in race for British GT GT4 Championship
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Stratton Motorsport will be the biggest team contesting the British GT GT4 Championship this year having taken delivery of a pair of new Lotus Evora sports cars for the newly-announced UltraTek Racing squad to add to the Edwards sisters', Jade and Chloe, Aston Martin GT4 challenge.
The new Lotus team will be led by James Nash, a world and British Touring Car Independent champion with British GT returnee Jamie Wall and former Aston Martin Challenge racers Richard Taffinder and Tim Eakin completing the driver line-up.
The Lotus Evora GT4 returned to the British GT series last year in the hands of Carlton Rode racer Gavan Kershaw, partnered by Oz Yusuf in the factory run car under the ISSY Racing banner.
The local outfit showed flashes of speed during last season, culminating in an emotional home victory at Snetterton, but reliability issues stymied a championship assault.
Lotus Racing manager Rupert Mainwaring said at the end of last season that after a year's experience and development he expected greater consistency in 2015.
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'A lot has been learnt from the works team who contested the British GT Championship last year,' remarked team principal Roger Bennington.
'We hope to be up to speed quickly and put in a strong challenge for the title.'
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Stratton Motorsport team manager James Edwards also believes the Norfolk-built cars will prove to be a very competitive package during 2015.
He said: 'With our strong driver combinations and great experience in GT4, we can all anticipate an exciting season ahead.'
Nash will be taking a leading role in the project, working closely with Edwards and the Stratton Motorsport team via James Nash Racing, the commercial venture run by the former touring car independent champion and GT racer who specialises in providing expert motorsport tuition at all levels.
'My aim is to continue to work with Richard and Tim to develop them into competitive GT drivers who are able to win a championship,' explained Nash. 'I have mentored them both for the past four years and want to show that with the right tuition, an amateur driver can develop into a championship winner.'
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old Jamie Wall tweeted: 'Really excited to be racing in this year's British GT Championship with James, Richard and Tim.'
The 2015 Avon Tyres British GT Championship starts on April 4 at Oulton Park in Cheshire with the Stratton Motorsport team's home race at Snetterton taking place in late August.