Sin­gle-seater star gets GT4 chance

Motor Sport News - - Headline News - Pho­tos: Oliver Read By Rob Lad­brook

Mul­ti­ple Bri­tish sin­gle-seater cham­pion Scott Malvern will join the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship this sea­son shar­ing a new Porsche Cay­man GT4 Club­sport with co-driver Nick Jones.

Malvern, 26 from Barkingside in Es­sex, will race one of the Stuttgart firm’s new ma­chines for the Simp­son Mo­tor­sport team, which is also mak­ing its Bri­tish GT de­but hav­ing run in Brit­car and the 24H Se­ries pre­vi­ously.

Malvern has racked up ti­tles in Bri­tish For­mula Ford, For­mula Re­nault and the Wal­ter Hayes Tro­phy. He and Jones have shared a Rad­i­cal SR3 in re­cent sea­sons.

Simp­son is the se­cond team to con­firm one of the new Cay­man GT4S, along­side Lanan Rac­ing. Malvern and Jones tested As­ton Martin and Ginetta ma­chin­ery be­fore set­tling on the Porsche.

“It’s been my aim to get into GT rac­ing for a few years and this is a great op­por­tu­nity,” said Malvern. “GT4 and GT3 are now global prod­ucts, you can race them any­where un­der the same set of rules so it opens a lot of ca­reer op­por­tu­ni­ties. Bri­tish GT is the best na­tional GT cham­pi­onship in the world and is some­thing peo­ple look to be­cause it has in­ter­na­tional-qual­ity teams and driv­ers.

“Adapt­ing to GT4 hasn’t been that tough. The cars are ac­tu­ally quite sim­i­lar to a For­mula Ford in the way they move around on track as GT4 has no aero so you rely purely on me­chan­i­cal grip. Ob­vi­ously the pitch and roll is ex­ag­ger­ated with the ex­tra weight, but the the­ory is the same.

“Nick suits GT4 well and our times have been good in test­ing. We’re go­ing in look­ing for race wins.”

Simp­son is ex­pected to take de­liv­ery of the Cay­man in late March, leav­ing lim­ited time for test­ing.

“We get the car late but we have ex­pe­ri­enced peo­ple around us to make it work,” said Jones. “Simp­son have a good back­ground in en­durance rac­ing and a pro­fes­sional set up. I’m con­fi­dent Scott and I can be com­pet­i­tive this year.”

Simp­son team will run new Cay­man Malvern (left) and Jones

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