On the eve of the opening GT Cup weekend at Donington Park, new team Paddock Motorsport announced that they would be adding young talent and 130R Performance supported athlete Tom Rawlings to their roster this season; completing a two car assault in McLaren 570S GT4 cars.
Photo: Jakob Ebrey
Partnering the promising Moh Ritson, Tom Rawlings makes the switch from race winner and multiple podium finisher in the ultra competitive Mini Challenge JCW class, to endurance racing in the ever growing GT Cup; as he looks to cement himself as an aspiring GT driver.
“Although I’ve had two great years racing in the Mini Challenge, it has always been a goal of mine to drive GT’s and test myself against some of the country’s best drivers so to get the opportunity to do that, especially in a McLaren, is fantastic! Also joining a team like Paddock Motorsport whose desire and ambitions are beyond any teams I’ve come across made it an easy decision and I’m really looking forward to starting my GT career with them”.
Le Mans winning, Indy 500 driver and Paddock Motorsport team owner Martin Plowman says,
“Just like Moh Ritson, Tom brings more than just raw talent. He is from a great family and they share our understanding and commitment of what makes a great race team. We have and we will continue to build a team around the right people; from the drivers to the mechanics, every member is valued and we all share the same desires to create a fun, family environment that is committed to being the very best we can be. Those foundations are key for success on and off the track”.
Tom (right) with new teammate Moh Ritson and their McLaren 570S GT4
Joint team owner Kelvin Fletcher certainly adds the kudos factor to Paddock Motorsport. On track they are British GT Champions but away from track the actor and Strictly Come Dancing Champion is excited and ambitious about their plans as team owners and welcoming Tom Rawlings,
“I spoke at length with Tom, his management and most importantly his Dad, John. Like many young aspiring drivers, their parents and guardians play a vital role in their motorsport journey so making sure that their questions, concerns and expectations are answered and assured accordingly is very important. With Tom and Moh alongside our two gentlemen drivers Steve Ruston and John Whitehouse, we feel we have the perfect blend of experience, enthusiasm, and potential for a great season.”
You can find out more about the GT Cup championship by visiting their website which outlines the race format and rules and regulations for each racing class. The season commences at Donington Park National Circuit on 10/11 April with a record 38-car grid and representation from eleven different manufacturers. While we hope that there will be a gradual return to spectators being allowed at circuits this season, the races will also be live streamed on the GT Cup Facebook and YouTube channels, so you can catch all of the action live wherever you are!