Team Racing Technology has entered a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport for Silver drivers Jim Pla and Pierre Sancinéna in the 2017 GT4 European Series Southern Cup. The French team aiming to emerge as consistent podium challengers in the Pro-Am category.
Founded in 2011, Team Racing Technology has been a regular fixture highly-competitive Porsche Carrera Cup France ever since. The Sylvain Noël-led outfit now joins France’s FFSA GT Championship, now under the management of SRO Motorsports Group, introducing an all GT4 format to the new Championship after the traumas of the French domestic GT racing scene in the past couple of seasons.
24-year-old Pla has already claimed victories in single-seaters and podiums aplenty in the Porsche Carrera Cup France, where he already competed under the Team Racing Technology banner.
Team-mate Sancinéna is only one year older and similarly versatile at the wheel. The Rouen-born ace’s career took flight in the French F4 championship, one of the partner categories of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup, before shining in European F3, Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup France, GT, and prototype racing.
Team Racing Technology has completed two days of testing at the Fay de Bretagne circuit, located near the squad’s headquarters of Saint-Herblain. The sessions proved to be very useful in understanding the new tyres from Pirelli, which serves as the FFSA French GT Championship’s official supplier.
Coming up next on Team Racing Technology’s schedule is the official GT4 European Series Test Day, which takes place on Wednesday 22 March at Circuit Dijon-Prenois.
Sylvain Noël, Team Racing Technology Managing Director: “We are delighted to be competing in a series as renowned as the FFSA French GT Championship. Although this is a new dawn for the category, having the FFSA and SRO Motorsports Group, whose credentials as organisers and promoters are well established, at the helm instils confidence and offers solid guarantees.
“The new GT4 format represents a more accessible platform with attractive long-term prospects. We are also very happy to extend our long-standing partnership with Porsche.
“We have learnt a great deal from our test days at Fay de Bretagne, especially in terms of tyre behaviour and management. Switching to Pirelli in 2017 marks a change of culture that we need to assimilate properly.
“With Jim and Pierre, the team can rely on a very solid pair of drivers and together we will strive to fight at the sharper end of the field to challenge for podiums on a regular basis.”
Jim Pla: “It’s great to go back racing in the new GT4 European Series Southern Cup with Team Racing Technology. I know the team very well and I look forward to creating new happy memories with Sylvain Noël and his crew: a big thank to them for their trust and confidence.
“I had heard a lot of good things about my new team-mate Pierre and our first tests together certainly support these opinions. We are approaching the season with high ambitions, though we also need to remain cautious and wait for the Official Test Day in Dijon to see where we stack up against the competition.”
Pierre Sancinéna: “I am very happy to be joining the revamped FFSA French GT Championship with Team Racing Technology. I certainly appreciate what SRO Motorsports Group brings as series organiser and promoter, having already seen them at work on other high-profile categories.
“I knew Jim by sight but we had never actually competed in the same championship, either together or against each other. We really hit it off during our first tests with the team’s Porsche Cayman GT4. While we are aiming for the top of the timesheets, we are also well aware that this year’s front-runners will present a sizeable challenge.”