MALVERN/JONES GET PORSCHE GT4
Single-seater star gets GT4 chance
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.”