Amanda Black, who is currently an associate deputy headteacher at Skegness Grammar School said “I am very excited about joining the GT Cup grid with Lifetime Racing for 2016 in a Ginetta G55. The support from ‘Jazzy’ has made a motor racing ambition possible for 2016. Having had experience racing in the Caterham Graduates series and achieving the championship in 2013, I am looking forward to gaining GT experience at significant venues across the UK and competing in the next step of the motor racing ladder. As a teacher, it is an opportunity to be a role model to my students and demonstrate the importance of setting goals and having high aspirations (as well as having fun along the way!). As a female, its an opportunity to demonstrate that women can be competitive in such a male dominated sport. Having been the British Womens Drivers Champion in 2012 and 2013 there is of course pressure to perform. But as I say to my pupils ‘strive to be the best that you can be’”.
Ian Anderson said; “This is going to be an exciting season for everyone involved with the Jazzy Ginetta G55. GT Cup offers us the chance to run the car in a professional, competitive and popular series and experience some of the best circuits in the UK. I am very excited at the prospect of shorter 25min races exclusively for the Amateur driver, I hope my experience of close quarter Caterham racing will be useful here. It will of course be quite different to slipstreaming in Caterham's but being used to running in very close proximity to the competition will help in a shorter sprint environment. The shared drive with teammate and partner Amanda Black will allow us to use the experience gained in Endurance racing in both our G50 and G55 Ginetta's in the past.
Following our early test program I am confident that we have a competitive package and with Dan Eagling from Lifetime Racing running the team we should be able to get the best out of the car this season. I think that once we get acclimatised to the series we should be able to secure some strong performances. Maybe visit the podium this season?
Sponsorship from Jazzy Potatoes has allowed us the opportunity to run the car with professional support and I hope that we will do our sponsor justice in their quest to get their ‘Extreme Potato’ to the top! The car is looking fantastic in the new Jazzy livery and I am sure that it will get noticed by spectators and TV alike, hopefully for all the right reasons!”
Dan Eagling, Lifetime Racing Team Manager, said “I am very pleased to be working with Ian and Amanda again in 2016. We have a very good relationship which has led to success in the past and I am looking forward to hopefully achieving more in GT Cup this year. As a team, we have experience of running Ginetta’s and have competed in a number of GT Championships. Ian and Amanda have both won Championships in Caterham’s and won races since moving into GT racing so we know they have the pace, and with the support from Jazzy Potatoes this year, I believe we will be front runners in our maiden season in the Championship. GT Cup offers an interesting mix of sprint and endurance races that are both exciting for drivers and spectators with the added challenge for the teams of setting the car up for mixed distance races. All of us at Lifetime Racing are excited for the year ahead.”
The first round of the GT Cup Championship is at Donington Park on 23rd and 24th April and both the team and drivers are busy preparing themselves for the challenge ahead.
More details on the team can be found here: www.lifetime-racing.com
More about GT Cup here: www.gtcupmedia.co.uk
And more about our partner, Jazzy Potatoes here: www.jazzypotato.co.uk