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Optimum Picks Silverstone 500 Over GT Open At Spa

Its GT3 Aston Martin will compete on home soil this weekend

Optimum Motorsport has announced that it has chosen to compete in this weekend’s British GT Championship race at Silverstone, instead of the clashing International GT Open meeting at Spa-Francorchamps.

Initially, the team was due to travel to the Ardennes with its new Aston Martin Vantage GT3 to compete in the European series but instead has decided to focus on Oliver Wilkinson and Bradley Ellis’ British GT title challenge.

As it stands its duo sit fourth in the British GT points stable, just four points off third, heading into the championship’s marquee event at Silverstone.

Going into the weekend, the team are hopeful of bringing home a solid result with all three cars. It also runs a pair of GT4 Aston Martins in the series, which are hoping to find form after disappointing weekends at Oulton Park and Snetterton to kick off the season.

“Our focus is now on the overall British GT3 drivers championship,” said Shaun Goff, Optimum Motorsport team principal.

“Sitting fourth in the drivers standings with the flagship 500km 3hr race up next, we believe a podium result would bring us back into the top three overall standings.

“As a team, we love the Silverstone 500. You really have to do your homework on strategy and I’m hoping our endurance pedigree as a team will shine through and get the results we all want for all three cars.”

Ollie Wilkinson says he’s also excited ahead of the weekend and is pleased to be committed to a full season in British GT.

“It’s great to now be heading to Silverstone and committing to a full-season British GT campaign,” he said.

“Brad and I won the GT Open Pro-Am class at Silverstone last year, we’ve not had much running there in the Aston Martin so Friday practice will be key to get a good feel for where we are.

“Our progress and development are really encouraging and the results are starting to come. Missing out on a podium at Snetterton was disappointing, we’re eager to claim one back, but taking another clean points haul is the most important thing.

“The Silverstone 500 is a big event and the longer, three-hour race will be a new challenge for us but I’m looking forward to it.”