- Ann Bradshaw
Andy Priaulx Prepares For British GT Debut Alongside Sir Chris Hoy
Andy Priaulx will have a one off drive at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend in the British GT Championship in a Ford Mustang GT4. He will be alongside one of his heroes, legendary track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, in the Multimatic Motorsports team. “This will be a great weekend for me as, for the first time, I shall be racing in the same team as my son, Sebastian. I am usually there on the sidelines spurring him on, as he is racing in the championship with Scott Maxwell, but this weekend I may be a little busier with my own driving. It is a real honour to be sharing the number 19 car with Chris and I can assure you we are going out there to be competitive,” said Andy. Talking about the track on which he has raced in several series, and where he was last in May with the FIA World Endurance Championship, his comments were: “This is an awesome track and one that is at the top of every driver’s list of favourites. It is long and technical, but I expect next weekend the conditions should be very different to when I was last there, as then it snowed! However, one of its features is that while the sun can be shining on one side there could be a heavy rainstorm on the other. That is just the nature of where it is in the beautiful Ardennes region.” This is the fifth round of the championship and Andy and Chris will be driving in the PRO AM, class as Andy is classified as a Platinum driver and Chris a Bronze. This means that Chris will drive in the first of the two GT4 qualifying sessions on Saturday and Andy in the second before their grid position is worked out on the average of their two fastest laps. The timetable for the weekend on the 7.004 Kilometre (4.352 mile) Belgian circuit starts with FP1 on Saturday, 20thJuly from 09.00 to 10.00 and then followed by FP2 from 11.20 to 12.20. Qualifying is split into four parts with GT3 AM from 15.10 to 15.20, GT3 PRO from 15.27 to 15.37, GT4 AM from 15.44 to 15.54 and GT4 PRO from 16.01 to 16.11. On Sunday there is a ten-minute warm-up from 09.00 to 09.10 and the race is from 12.30 to 14.30. All these times are CET so one hour ahead of BST.
Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.