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