Nissan brand to return to British GT field as Ultratek outfit enters with two GT4 370Zs
Nissan will return to the British GT Championship for the first time in three years with a two-car attack from the Ultratek Racing team.
Ultratek has run Lotus machinery in British GT in the past under a partnership with Stratton Motorsport. It will now move across to working with longtime Nissan squad RJN Motorsport to field two 370Z GT4S.
Richard Taffinder and Martin Plowman will crew one car, while Tim Eakin and former British Touring Car driver – and Emmerdale actor – Kelvin Fletcher, will share the second.
The deal marks the first time Nissan has been represented on the British GT grid since 2014, when Sir Chris Hoy shared an Rjn-run GT-R GT3 with factory driver Alex Buncombe.
Ultratek Racing managing director Taffinder said: “It was a tough decision to switch teams and brands [from Stratton, Lotus] but we feel the time is right.
“I’ve been hugely impressed with the team at RJN, they are highly professional, and the links to Nissan are obviously a big bonus. It is also important to mention Martin [Plowman], who has been instrumental in bringing this deal to fruition. We’re in perfect shape for 2017.”
Fletcher, who handled a Power Maxed Racing Chevrolet Cruze in last year’s BTCC, added: “I’ve long admired British GT and know the Nissans will be immaculately prepared by RJN. Since passing my ARDS four years ago I have wanted to do as many different types of motorsport as possible, so I jumped at the chance to race in British GT.” ● Ginetta Junior graduate Charlie Fagg has signed with Sean Walkinshaw Racing to handle a Nissan 370Z GT4 in SRO’S reworked GT4 European Series Northern Cup. His team-mates have yet to be announced, but his programme is set to include some British GT outings.
Nissan brand returns to British GT field with Ultratek team