Trackspeed Racing has confirmed a two-car line-up for this year's British GT series, with the well-established pairing of Warren Hughes and Jody Firth leading the reigning team champions.
Having won the title four times in a row since 2009, Trackspeed are keen to make it a fifth under the experienced management of Keith Cheetham, who has great confidence in a squad that features Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen in the second of its Porsche 911 GT3Rs.
“We stand a great chance of taking the title again this year as long as the Balance of Performance is fair,” Cheetham said, “The FIA GT series has created a very level playing field and we are hoping this has carried through to the British series.
“We have two great driver line-ups in Jon, Phil, Warren and Jody and the whole team has gelled already. I have a special feeling about this year and I am greatly looking forward to it.”
Hughes and Firth are no strangers to each other, having won the UK Speed Series and Euro Speed Series in 2011 and 2012 respectively and having competed together in a host of championships including British GT, ELMS, WEC and Le Mans 24 Hours.
“This kind of repeat success does not come by accident,” Firth said, “Sometimes you just find team-mates that click and Warren and I are one of those.
“Once we made our decision that a Porsche was the best car for us, it was a no-brainer that the team to be with was Trackspeed. Keith and David were very welcoming, as were the rest of the team. We have already tested and I have no doubt that this was the right decision.”
Due to the Balance of Performance rules in British GT, Hughes and Firth will be required to run with 75kg of ballast throughout the season, but the veteran is not too concerned.
“I think we are the strongest overall combination, but the 75kg we are forced to carry will make things harder,” Hughes admitted, “However, we believe the Porsche will be one of the better cars to carry the additional weight that our driver pairing brings with it.”