Reid to race Pol­ish Ar­rinera GT car

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Le Mans podium fin­isher and 15-time Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship race win­ner An­thony Reid is tar­get­ing a dual as­sault in Bri­tain and South Africa with the new Pol­ish-built Gt3-spec Ar­rinera Hus­sarya GT next year.

Reid will drive the car in the UK, al­though the out­fit is yet to con­firm which cham­pi­onship it will com­pete in. The car would be el­i­gi­ble for the GT Cup and Brit­car.

The new ma­chine – which isn’t yet ho­molo­gated by the FIA – is be­ing de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Reid and Martin Roe, Johnny Herbert’s ju­nior sin­gle­seater en­gi­neer in his early days.

“I’ve had four out­ings in the car and I’m very im­pressed with the po­ten­tial,” Reid said. “I think the key thing is the qual­ity of per­son­nel in­volved in the project. The Pol­ish en­gi­neers have very high skill lev­els. And then there’s Martin: he’s the per­fect leader in terms of de­vel­op­ment and test­ing.”

Reid will be 60 years old in 2017 and will au­to­mat­i­cally be graded a bronze-level driver as a re­sult.

“For the right team it could be a lethal com­bi­na­tion if you have a plat­inum and a bronze.

“I’ve spent most of my ca­reer try­ing to be younger than I am but now it’s a ben­e­fit to be older.”

Reid is look­ing for­ward to com­pet­ing in South Africa for the first time in 20 years: “I’ve raced out there in tour­ing cars. I did quite a bit of test­ing over there so it will be nice to go back.”

to­gether. They’ve got some bril­liant peo­ple on the me­chan­i­cal and en­gi­neer­ing side and that is why I want to stay as well as their links to tour­ing cars.”

Coates is now tar­get­ing the ti­tle next year af­ter sur­pris­ing him­self with how quickly he got on the pace in his rookie sea­son.

“Mak­ing an an­nounce­ment this early will help that and I go into the sea­son with a proper bud­get,” he said. “I’ve got ev­ery­thing I need to be able to win, now it comes down to me.”

Coates goes into sec­ond Clio sea­son with ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions

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