FOUNDER OF STEPHAN ERA T EL ORGANISATION
It would be fair to say that for the last decade no one has done more for GT racing across the globe and the UK than Stephane Ratel.
Founding the Stephane Ratel Organisation (SRO) in 1995, his company has set out to ensure GT racing remains a viable and successful category for drivers and manufacturers.
Supported by the sport’s governing body, the Federation Internationale de l’automobile (FIA), Ratel’s organisation has run a number of highcalibre championships such as the FIA GT1 World Championship and the British GT Championship, the latter being acquired in 2005, and created the Blancpain GT Series.
As well as founding and supporting series, Ratel was also the man behind the successful GT3 and GT4 concepts. Used in British GT, the two classes have been adopted world-wide and proven something of a haven for manufacturers, especially Aston Martin, Mclaren and Ginetta.
GT racing has also become a viable career pathway for young drivers who previously might have viewed it as an ‘old man’s game’.
The success of British GT also owes much to longserving championship manager, Benjamin Franassovici, who has ensured it’s gone from strength to strength.