Ryan Ratcliffe 2017

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Reigning British GT4 champion Ryan Ratcliffe drove a faultless race at Brands Hatch today, claiming his first GT3 points on his debut in the top class of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship. 

The points finish at the picturesque Kent circuit marks an impressive twelve months for the 21-year-old from Llanelli, who took over the car in thirteenth place after yet another steely drive by Triple Eight co-owner Lee Mowle, up from seventeenth. Ratcliffe, a BRDC Rising Star was embroiled in a near stint-long battle with former F1 test driver Adam Carroll for ninth place. The Ferrari of Carroll had better pace, but a determined Ratcliffe successfully kept the Northern Irish driver at bay for almost half an hour, eventually succumbing to the Ferrari star’s intentions ten laps before the end of the 120-minute race.

 

Quotes: 

Ryan Ratcliffe, driver #88

“I’m chuffed to bits, it’s been a really special few weeks. I spoke to Adam Carroll after the race and he said, ‘that was the hardest I’ve ever seen anyone defend ninth place!’ For me, it didn’t matter if that was for first or tenth, I would’ve driven the same way. It was a great battle and to finish in the points on my debut is a dream really. The level of competition in the series is so high; I knew that, but that race really brought it home. I really want to thank Lee for the opportunity and for giving me a chance to show what I can do. Triple Eight have been fantastic and this year I’ve really gone on a big journey with them. I can’t believe how far I’ve gone since winning GT4 last October. Bring on Donington, I think we can push for more there.”

Lee Mowle, driver #88

“It’s a great result for Ryan and the boys, I’m really happy for him and for Triple Eight it shows the value of our driver development programme, TEDD. We’ve moved Ryan on and given him the tools he needs to be successful, which for us is really quite a proud moment. In terms of my race, I had a good start, but the cars in front backed up and I got passed around the outside into Paddock Hill Bend. I fought back and got behind Derek and was sitting back waiting for him to pass the Ferrari. The move by Howard was never going to work, but he came and apologised to Derek, which is something. It’s frustrating to see the other two cars not finish, but we go to Donington confident after our performance last year, and hope to cause an upset – or three!”




Avon Tyres British GT Championship


Donington Park - September 13 - 14th


The Avon Tyres British GT Championship heads to Donington Park in a fortnight (September 13/14) for the final round of the season, another two-hour race, which Triple Eight Race Engineering hope will allow all three cars to finish the season on a good note, ahead of an exciting winter GT campaign.

 
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BRITISH GT

Brands Hatch - 31/08/14


Ratcliffe takes points finish on GT3 debut