Caroline in British GT return, steps as much as GT3 with RAM Mercedes - Motor Informed

Caroline in British GT return, steps as much as GT3 with RAM Mercedes

Caroline, who beat Oscar Piastri and Logan Sargeant to win the 2017 British F4 title, made a profitable swap to sportscars in 2020 by sweeping to the GT4 crown in a TF Sport Aston Martin alongside Dan Vaughan.

He switched final 12 months to the GT4 European sequence in a Mercedes, however returned to the British championship to accomplice Ferguson for the ultimate two rounds aboard the Speedworks Toyota Supra in GT4 and led impressively within the moist at Oulton Park.

The 23-year-old will now proceed his partnership with Ferguson, who was ceaselessly suffering from unhealthy luck in his first season of British GT final season, however scored two third locations at Silverstone and Snetterton alongside Scott McKenna.

Caroline, who’ve the chance to benchmark himself in opposition to manufacturing facility driver Jules Gounon within the sister RAM entry, stated 2022 will likely be “crucial 12 months of my profession but”.

“I’m so excited for this opportunity,” stated Caroline.

“I’ve been making an attempt to get into GT3 for the previous couple of years and I’m able to seize this opportunity with each arms.

“I do know that to attain what I wish to, which is to change into a manufacturing facility driver, I would like to point out what I can do on the highest degree, and I do know I’ve obtained the correct group and the correct automotive to try this this 12 months.”

Caroline added that he is focusing on a championship problem in his first season aboard the RAM Mercedes-AMG GT3, which Gounon’s team-mate Ian Loggie and Yelmer Buurman have taken to 2 Professional-Am titles up to now two seasons.

He stated: “British GT is an extremely powerful championship and I’ll be up in opposition to a few of the greatest GT3 drivers round – you solely have to have a look at Jules Gounon on the opposite aspect of the storage to know that! However I’m raring to go.

RAM Racing Mercedes AMG GT3

RAM Racing Mercedes AMG GT3

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“I imagine I’m at a degree in my profession the place I’ve to enter annually with my eyes on the title. And even with the step up from GT4 will probably be no totally different this 12 months in GT3 – you need to intention excessive!

“I’ve examined a few GT3 automobiles earlier than and, given my two years in GT4, I imagine I’ve understood the basics of GT racing now and I really feel I’m prepared for the step as much as GT3.

“I liken it to my transfer from F4 to F3, the automobiles are a bit extra highly effective, lighter and have extra aero.

“We’ll have some good pre-season operating to rise up to hurry and I work so effectively with John. Despite the fact that we solely had just a few rounds collectively in GT4 final 12 months we clicked from the beginning, and it’ll be nice preventing on the sharp finish with him in a RAM Mercedes-AMG.”

Ferguson stated: “I’ll at all times have a driver alongside me that I actually imagine in, and I actually have that with Jamie.

“He’s obtained a lot uncooked expertise and is a superb lad to work with. I reckon he’ll be the shock package deal in GT3 this 12 months.”

RAM boss Dan Shufflebottom has lauded the Caroline-Ferguson axis as “an actual future-proof pairing”.

“John brings numerous racing expertise and the GT4 factors desk would have appeared so much totally different final 12 months with out the unhealthy luck he had,” he stated.

“Jamie is a star of the long run, little question. His file to date is unbelievable and it’s simple to neglect he’s solely been racing for a comparatively quick time.

“I’ve no doubts that each will adapt rather well to the Mercedes-AMG GT3, and I look ahead to seeing how they progress throughout the season.”



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