Acad­emy signs Moore for 2017 Bri­tish GT4 As­ton Martin come­back

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Acad­emy Motorsport will mount a dual chal­lenge on the Bri­tish and Euro­pean GT4 classes this sea­son af­ter con­firm­ing a sin­gle As­ton Martin Van­tage en­try.

The Per­shore-based squad, which won the 2015 Bri­tish GT4 teams’ crown be­fore tak­ing a year out in ’16, will run team boss Matt Ni­coll-jones and Will Moore.

Moore, who scored class vic­tory in the Dubai 24 Hours last month, re­turns to the out­fit af­ter step­ping up into an Op­ti­mum Motorsport-run Audi R8 LMS GT3 ma­chine in 2016.

Ni­coll-jones and Moore will dove­tail their Bri­tish cam­paign with the six-round GT4 Euro­pean Se­ries North­ern Cup.

“It’s great to have Will back with the team as he’s very de­ter­mined and cru­cially, ex­tremely quick,” Ni­coll-jones said. “I have also missed rac­ing af­ter tak­ing a back seat re­cently so it’ll be fan­tas­tic to get back be­hind the wheel.

“Hav­ing won the Bri­tish GT4 teams’ ti­tle the last time we raced, that has to be our tar­get once again. There’s so much de­mand for GT4 places on the grid this year that the com­pe­ti­tion is go­ing to be fierce.

“We took part in the fi­nal round of last year’s Euro­pean GT4 Se­ries at Zand­voort and it’s well run, shares the bill with the Blanc­pain GT Se­ries and DTM, and is also very com­pet­i­tive.”

Moore added: “I en­joyed my time with Acad­emy in the Van­tage in 2015, so the op­por­tu­nity to re­turn with the team was too good to turn down.”

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