Howard, who gained the 2013 and 2015 titles together with his personal Prodrive-operated Beechdean AMR Aston Martin workforce, has switched to the GT World Problem Europe Endurance Cup this yr and brought a deliberate one-year British GT sabbatical.
Nevertheless Howard will step again into the sequence within the unfamiliar environment of the McLaren 720S GT3 – having solely raced Aston Martins since 2008 – with Fletcher unavailable because of the imminent arrival of twins.
Howard beforehand ran Paddock workforce co-owners Fletcher and Plowman, who gained the second spherical of 2022 at Oulton Park final month, once they gained the 2019 GT4 Professional-Am title in a Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage and this hyperlink meant he was a logical stand-in for Plowman to name up for the three-hour race.
“We fully respect Kelvin’s resolution to be by Liz’s aspect for the arrival of their twins this weekend and we ship them our greatest needs,” mentioned Plowman.
“In Andrew Howard we’ve a perfect deputy; a two-time British GT Champion whom each Kelvin and I do know very well from our British GT4 title-winning season with Beechdean AMR in 2019.
“He hasn’t pushed the McLaren 720S GT3 but, however together with his expertise, I’m positive he’ll be proper up to the mark extraordinarily shortly.”
#11 Paddock Motorsport McLaren 720S GT3: Kelvin Fletcher, Martin Plowman
Picture by: Paul Foster
Howard mentioned the visitor outing with Paddock can be “an effective way of conserving myself race-sharp” earlier than his subsequent GTWCE outing on 5 June at Paul Ricard.
“I’ve such an enormous emotional tie with British GT – having gained the title twice – that when a possibility got here alongside to leap again right into a automotive, I couldn’t say no,” he defined.
“Due to what Kelvin and Martin achieved with Beechdean AMR in 2019, Paddock Motorsport are a workforce I at all times keep watch over once they’re racing, and with Kelvin unavailable at Silverstone it’s good to have the ability to preserve that affiliation going.
“They’re an awesome workforce which have achieved rather a lot in a really quick house of time and profitable at Oulton Park was actually spectacular.
“It’s going to be fascinating making an attempt a automotive that’s fully new to me, however I’m 100 per cent up for the problem.”
Howard and Plowman could have a 20-second success penalty to serve at their last pitstop after profitable the earlier spherical.
Howard will line up towards Jonny Adam, who partnered him to each of his titles, with the four-time champion additionally returning to the series at Silverstone alongside his 2018 title-winning co-driver Flick Haigh in a 2 Seas Motorsport Mercedes.
One other new entry for Silverstone is Storage 59’s McLaren 720S, with Alex West partnered by manufacturing facility driver Marvin Kirchhofer.
The final British GT look for each Storage 59 and workforce co-owner West got here within the 2020 Silverstone spherical, when the Aston Martin he shared with Adam was an early retirement.