UltraTek Racing and RJN bring the Nissan name back to British GT for 2017
UltraTek Racing are proud to announce they have signed a deal with long-time official Nissan team, RJN Motorsport, to run a customer team running two Nissan 370Z GT4s in the highly competitive GT4 category of the British GT Championship. The deal sees UltraTek Racing switch teams and manufacturers and marks the return of both the Nissan marque and RJN to British GT for the first time since 2014.
Birmingham-based UltraTek Racing will start their third season in the British GT Championship with a virtually unchanged driver line-up from the end of the 2016 season. Richard Taffinder will again be joined by former Le Mans LMP2 Winner and FIA WEC Champion Martin Plowman. Tim Eakin will be joined by newcomer to the team and the British GT Championship, Kelvin Fletcher. Former BTCC driver and Emmerdale actor, Fletcher is no stranger to rear wheel drive from his days in the Porsche Carrera Cup.
Richard Taffinder, UltraTek Racing Managing Director, reflected, “It was a tough decision to switch teams and brands, but we feel it is the right time. Having given this an enormous amount of thought, the brand fit with Nissan will deliver both the reliability we need and the longevity to support our programme as it has a range of cars that will help us progress on our road to Le Mans.”
Taffinder continues, “I have been very impressed with the team at RJN, they are a highly professional outfit, and the links they have to Nissan are a bonus. It is important to mention Martin Plowman, who has been instrumental in bringing the deal with RJN to fruition. We are in perfect shape for the start of the 2017 season.”
Bob Neville, RJN Managing Director, commented, “We’re delighted to be working with Richard and the team at UltraTek Racing, they have been very thorough in their preparations and are taking this year’s campaign very seriously.”
Neville continues, “We have always held the British GT Championship in high regard, we have many good memories of the championship and are very much looking forward to making some new ones.”
Kelvin Fletcher commented, “I’m excited to be racing with UltraTek in British GT, I have long admired the championship and know the UltraTek Racing Nissan’s will be immaculately prepared by RJN.”
Fletcher continues, “Since passing my ARDS 4 years ago, I have wanted to try as many types of motorsport as possible so I jumped at the opportunity to race in British GT. Plus, Martin Plowman was a huge support to me last year and I’m over the moon to be racing alongside him, especially as we are supporting Tim and Richard as they develop en-route to Le Mans.”
The team have been busy during the off-season having completed an extensive simulator program at Base Performance in addition to a tailored fitness program. They have also been preparing in a Group N Nissan 370Z ahead of their formal British GT4 testing program that commences later this month.