Ryan Ratcliffe 2017

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Top British GT team Triple Eight Race Engineering has today announced changes to the line-ups of the #88 and #888 BMW Z4 GT3s as well as a significant senior hire, as it strengthens the team ahead of the penultimate British GT race of the year at Brands Hatch (30/31 August).

Following the recent expansion to three Z4 GT3s with Warren Hughes and Jody Firth signing a fortnight ago, Triple Eight Driver Development (TEDD) racer, Ryan Ratcliffe will make his series GT3 debut alongside Lee Mowle in #88, with Joe Osborne moving to the #888 car to link-up with Derek Johnston.

As the first member of TEDD, an initiative by the team to help drivers adjust to the performance gap of GT3, 20-year-old Ratcliffe has shown the team time and time again this year that he has the potential to be of professional calibre and now gets an opportunity to further his GT3 education in the final two British GT rounds.
 
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for me,” says the Llanelli ace who celebrates his 21st birthday on the eve of the Brands Hatch meeting (29th August). “I wasn’t expecting to get to drive in British GT3 this year, but the team have been really happy with my progress. I think if I’d started the year in the car without all of the TEDD work I’d be hopeless; the journey I’ve been on has been that significant. This is now a great way to evaluate myself properly against the rest of the field.”
 
The move to partner Mowle in the final two races is a temporary one, and the reigning GT4 champion is keen to display his talents and attract some attention from gentleman drivers looking to compete next year.
 
“With the misfortune that Lee and Joe encountered earlier on in the year, I’m now in a relatively low-pressure situation to build up my GT3 race experience and finish the year sharp, ahead of next season. I intend to make the most of the opportunity; I’ll definitely be using it as a shop window to show what I can do. British GT is ideally where I see myself racing next year.”
 
Speaking of Brands and Donington, Ratcliffe adds, “They’re both circuits that I like a lot, but I’m coming into the final two races against drivers who’ve been racing these cars all year. If we can get a decent result in the race, I’ll be chuffed to bits. Donington in particular has great memories for me, it’s where I took the GT4 title and a good race there in GT3 will seal what has been a really rewarding year for me.”
 
Ratcliffe’s team-mate for the final two races of the British GT season, Lee Mowle is no stranger to the progressive 21-year-old’s abilities.
 
“Ryan’s a great lad and a quick driver. We weren’t short of interest in driving the car in these final two races, but for me it made sense to give him (Ryan) an opportunity to show what he can do. The pressure is off and I think it is set-up nicely to give him a platform to display his talents. TEDD has been a big success in its first year and we now have several drivers working with us, young and old, all with the right attitude and a desire to push-on. If Ryan can help me get some points finishes at Brands and Donington, I think as a team we’ll all take a lot of satisfaction from that.”




Avon Tyres British GT Championship


Brands Hatch - August 30 -31st


Two 60-minute free-practice sessions kick off Saturday morning, with 30-minutes of qualifying beginning at 16:15. Sunday’s 120-minute race gets underway after a short lunch break at 13:05.
 
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