The British GT championship will have an exciting new entry in 2005, following the news that Alex Pilgrim Motorsport is to enter a Pilgrim Sumo in the GT2 class.

The AC Cobra replica will be driven by youngster Alex Pilgrim - who has previously raced a Marcos Mantis in the series - and an as yet unnamed second driver, with team principal John Pilgrim believing the new car will be an exciting addition to the field.

"It will be a very distinctive retro looking car with lots of horsepower and it should be an interesting car to watch," he told "We didn't want to go down the same route as everyone else, having a Porsche or having a Ferrari, as it seemed to me that the championship needed different cars. The thing that attracted me to the Pilgrim, not only just it's name which is the same as mine, was the fact that it has a small block Chevy engine, where you have immense power with a very simple, long lasting engine.

"The car has a serious amount of horsepower and torque. We aren't asking the engine for lots of revs and our reliability should be very good. The car has been designed to do 24 hour events so the two, three or four hour events we'll be asking it to do should be childs play to it. We are hoping that its high top speed and reliability will help in the success of the project."

And Pilgrim said he was confident that the Sumo could emerge as a realistic challenger to the leading Porsches and Ferraris which dominated the championship in 2004.

"I believe it has the potential to win because we have built it to be a simple car with few tricky bits," he said. "The unreliability of some cars causes them problems and we are hoping that being nice and simple and being quick will do the job for us."



Loading Comments...