GT Cup team Jetstream Motorsport will step up to the British GT Championship this season with a GT3 class Aston Martin for Graham Davidson and new-for-2018 AMR factory driver Maxime Martin.
Last year, the team won the UK-based, Bute Motorsport-run GT Cup championship’s overall and GTO class titles with a McLaren MP4-12C, after winning 15 of the 22 races during the season.
“I’m really excited to be entering British GT with Jetstream Motorsport,” said Martin, who will race in with Aston Martin in the FIA WEC this season alongside his British GT campaign. This makes him the fifth AMR factory driver who will race in both British GT and the FIA WEC this year, following the announcements that Jonny Adam, Darren Turner, Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen will also race in both series.
It’s unlikely that all six FIA WEC factory drivers will compete in British GT this year though, as Alex Lynn, who also races with DS Virgin Racing in Formula E, would be unable to do the full season due to clashes with the races in Paris and Zurich.
“I’ve never raced in the championship before and it’s great to be doing it during my first year with Aston Martin Racing. It’s a pleasure to be joining Graham Davidson and Jetstream and I will try to do something good, by hopefully winning races and the title. I’ve spoken to my fellow Aston Martin drivers, including Jonny Adam, and they have told me that the level of competition in British GT is high and it’s a difficult championship to win.
“I’ve been racing GTs for most of my career and I’ve competed in several different cars, with different teams and both Pro and Am teammates. I’ll bring experience, having raced in lots of championships, and my job will be to try to optimise the package and make Graham the best driver he can be. To share the car is always special and it’s super nice to be in British GT with Aston Martin Racing, Jetstream Motorsport and Graham.”
32-year-old Davidson added: “The British GT Championship is not only a step up in terms of competitiveness, but from an exposure and profile-building point of view too. If you are to progress, you must compete on a professional platform that has a following, and it will be a privilege to race against exceptionally talented and successful teams and drivers who have prominent championship titles or even 24 Hours of Le Mans victories to their names.
“I’ve tried to give Jetstream Motorsport and myself the best chance of having a successful season, because doing well in British GT would put us in a very good light.
“For a new team, Jetstream Motorsport has a lot of experience and I think people will be quite impressed with what has been achieved thus far. There is a very skilled engineering team that knows the Aston Martin V12 Vantage well and a driver of Maxime Martin’s calibre will undoubtedly help to extract the maximum from the package; I think I’ll learn a huge amount from Maxime and I can’t ask for a better mentor for my first British GT season.
“The V12 Vantage was deemed the best option for many reasons, but Jetstream was particularly sold by Aston Martin Racing’s at-circuit support, the car’s championship-winning pedigree and its reputation for being built around the gentleman driver. Ultimately, I’m in the British GT Championship to win it and I’m delighted with who and what we’ve pulled together. Now it’s just up to us to take the car across the finish line and achieve some results.”
Jetstream Motorsport will officially launch its 2018 racing programme during the British GT Championship Media Day at Donington Park on Thursday 8 March.