Birch joins GT Mar­ques for Cay­man con­tests and eyes Bri­tish GT4

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Bri­tish GT driver James Birch will con­test a se­lected num­ber of GT Cup rounds in a Porsche Cay­man Club­sport GT4 this year as he builds up to a re­turn to the cat­e­gory.

Birch will part­ner Es­mee Hawkey in the GT Mar­ques-run Cay­man, and made his de­but in the car at Brands Hatch last week­end.

The pair took third place in class in Sun­day’s en­durance event, with Hawkey scor­ing a solo podium on Satur­day.

Birch, who has ex­pe­ri­ence in both Bri­tish GT4 and the Porsche Car­rera Cup, said: “I’m do­ing a hand­ful of GT Cup races this year to see how it goes and hope­fully it will be on the cards for Es­mee and I to pos­si­bly step up to Bri­tish GT next year.

“The Cay­man is a great car, but it’s cur­rently in pro­duc­tion spec with­out the GT4 up­date kit, so it’s run­ning heav­ier than the other cars. It’s got a great chas­sis and en­gine and the up­date kit will add car­bon­fi­bre body pan­els and more sta­bil­ity at the rear.”

Birch and Hawkey fared well in new Porsche Cay­man GT4

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