After years of successfully running individual drivers in various championships, Ramsport is to launch its own team in the British Rally Championship.
The two-car Team Ramsport line-up will be headed by 19-year-old Dave Weston Junior who finished fourth overall in last year's championship, while the second car will be driven by former Pirelli Star Driver 21-year-old Darren Gass who makes a welcome return to the series.
“We have been thinking about entering a team in the BRC since last year so this is a great achievement for Ramsport,” said team boss, and owner of Ramsport, Rob Atkinson said. “But the aim of putting a team forward is to achieve a bigger profile for the drivers we run, because if we enter as a team they can fight for both overall driver honours and for the teams championship.
“We're proud to be able to help Darren back into the championship and it will be great for us and the two drivers to share all of our experience. We look forward to an exciting year ahead.”
While Ramsport recently tasted success with Weston Junior on Rallye
Sunseeker where he won the Production Cup ahead of his attack on the BRC, Gass has recently taken a step back from the BRC, but as his co-driver Neil Shanks explains, they are eager to get back into the championship this year.
“Our last year in the BRC was quite difficult in 2008,” he said. “We did not always have luck on our side, but we did set good stage times. Then sadly we were unable to contest the final round on Rally of Great Britain after Darren broke a bone in his hand so there is definitely unfinished business for us in the championship. We can't wait to get back, hopefully with luck on our side this time. I've worked on and off with Ramsport for almost 10 years now in various cars so I know they are a good team and we'll have a good car, hopefully we'll get the results in for them.”