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The Oman Racing Team will unveil its new look driver line-up this week as the squad heads to the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the biggest event of the 2015 GT season; the Total 24 Hours of Spa (July 25/26) and competes for the first time in the Pro-Am Class.
This year marks the 67th running of what is arguably the biggest GT3 race in the world and the highlight on the Blancpain Endurance Series calendar.
Ninteen year-old Australian and Aston Martin Racing Evolution Academy driver Jonathan Venter joins the existing Oman Racing Team driver line-up and will make his debut on the Belgian circuit alongside Aston Martin works driver Jonny Adam, fellow Evolution Academy driver Daniel Lloyd and Ahmad Al Harthy in the #44 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3.
“It’s a great privilege to be racing for the Oman Racing Team at Spa 24 hours.” said Venter. “They have a great track history in many categories and will be strong contenders this year in the Pro-Am category.
“You look forward to certain races during the season and Spa 24 hours is one of those races that it’s a massive privilege to be a part of;” added the Oman Racing Team Principal David Bartrum. “This year with the quality of the grid being what it is in the Blancpain, you need to go there with a clear plan in your mind of how you’re going to tackle it. For us this year the big decision has been to move into the Pro-Am class.”
Bartrum continued: “To then add a driver to the strong line-up that we already have you need to make sure that you have the right ingredient so that team balance stays right. It’s essential not only to get the grading right but also that to find a driver fits well within the team, has the character we need, offers the turn of speed required and is also able to use the product – and in Jonathan we have the ideal man.
“He comes very highly recommended and from what we know so far we have a young, dynamic driver that fits perfectly in the Oman Racing Team line-up and I’m really, really excited about Spa now;” added the Team Boss.
This year’s grid features 58 GT3’s from the world’s leading endurance teams set to race on the mighty Ardennes track.
“We’ve been trying to get into the Pro-Am class for a while now” said Evolution Academy driver Lloyd. “When you look at the line up and the budgets that we were up against in the Pro Class, it’s amazing that we’ve managed to get the results that we have really.
“It’s just so tough trying to compete against Le Mans winners so to get into the Pro-Am class is great for us, especially at such an important event. Not that we’re guaranteed any more of a result; 24 hour racing is so demanding, everything has to fall into place.”
“Spa feels like unfinished business for us after last year” added Bartrum, “especially when we were running as high up as we were.
“Everyone is really looking forward to going back this year and hopefully getting the chance to finish off what we started 12 months ago.”.