STEPHANE RATEL

FOUNDER OF STEPHAN ERA T EL OR­GAN­I­SA­TION

Motor Sport News - - Insight -

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.

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