Christodoulou aim­ing for Ger­man sportscar out­ings af­ter join­ing top squad Simp­son Cay­man makes solid GT de­but

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The Simp­son Mo­tor­sport team is con­fi­dent of mak­ing strides with its new Porsche Cay­man Club­sport GT4 af­ter mak­ing an im­pres­sive de­but at Sil­ver­stone last week­end.

Car owner Nick Jones and pro racer Scott Malvern han­dled the car, which is the first of the new Porsches to be en­tered into Bri­tish GT.

De­spite the Cay­man run­ning with­out GT4 ho­molo­ga­tion or up­grades due to de­lays from fac­tory tuner Man­they, Malvern ran as high as sec­ond in GT4 dur­ing his first stint in the car be­fore fin­ish­ing an even­tual 10th in class.

“Con­sid­er­ing it’s ba­si­cally still a road car at the mo­ment the Cay­man was pretty im­pres­sive,” said Malvern. “We’re still run­ning steel body­work, road car electrics, the stock ex­haust and air con­di­tion­ing and glass win­dows, so it’s well over the weight limit. But chas­sis­wise it’s a bril­liant car.

“I think the weather helped us, as hav­ing the base sus­pen­sion made it easy to han­dle in the wet and we matched up well to the Euro­pean Prospeed cars [which run to a dif­fer­ent ho­molo­ga­tion and spec­i­fi­ca­tion]. The car will be a def­i­nite fron­trun­ner once it’s had all of the GT4 kit sorted.”

The team hopes to have the full up­grade kit in time for the Snet­ter­ton rounds in Au­gust. for the three-hour Bri­tish GT race. The pair fin­ished sev­enth in the GT4 Euro­pean or­der.

“It was such a late deal, so I had no test­ing or any­thing,” said Christodoulou. “My cousin [Nur­bur­gring 24 Hours win­ner] Adam knows the team well hav­ing raced with them so he sug­gested I took the seat. It’s nice to be back out in some­thing as I haven’t raced since a one-off in BRDC F4 last year, aside from that it’s just been karting. The Porsche was a nice lit­tle car, de­spite not be­ing a full GT4 yet it han­dled well.

“I’ll talk to the team and hope­fully there’s a chance of do­ing some VLN with them later this year.”

Riki Christodoulou raced Porsche Cay­man GT4

Cay­man raced well

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