Team Parker Racing has revealed the four drivers set to drive its Bentley Continental GT3 at next month’s Spa 24 Hours.
The only full-season driver set to take on Spa with the team is Derek Pierce. He will be joined by Spa 24 Hours debutant Glynn Geddie, Ryan Ratcliffe and team returnee Andy Meyrick.
Previously, Rob Smith and Seb Morris had raced with Pierce in the opening rounds of the season. As it stands Smith is now not on the Spa 24 Hours entry list, Morris meanwhile, will switch to Bentley’s factory effort to race as part of its expanded four-car Pro-class attack on Spa.
Ratcliffe switches teams for the Spa 24 Hours after he competed in the Endurance Cup round at Paul Ricard with Jenson Team Rocket RJN in a Honda NSX GT3.
For Meyrick, this year’s Spa 24 Hours will mark his return to the event a year on from his huge incident during the night hours of the 2018 edition.
The former Bentley factory driver told DSC he is more eager than ever to race at Spa in the 24.
“I’m as eager as ever, maybe even that little bit more eager than usual,” he said. “Unfortunately, I can’t do the full Blancpain Endurance campaign this year, because it clashes with my commitments with Bullitt driving its GT4 Mercedes. So as soon as I saw the calendar clashes, I was relieved I could do the Spa 24.
“It’s great to be in a GT3 for the main race of the championship. And I’m delighted to be back with Bentley and Team Parker. It’s a natural fit, I’ve worked everyone there for so long, they’re like a second family.”
Meyrick will get his first taste of the new Bentley Continental GT3 next week at the official Spa 24 Hours test day, following a seat fit at Crewe in the car yesterday.
He said last year’s incident is fully behind him and hasn’t been a factor in his decision to take on the Spa 24 again this year.
“I don’t think there was ever a moment where I thought I needed to make a decision to go back to the race and do it, because it was never in my head that I wouldn’t be there,” Meyrick added. “I never had to wrestle with the idea of whether I wanted to do it.
“There’s enough pressure on going to this race as a team, as an individual. I don’t see this year as an extra big challenge.”
DSC expects the 2019 Spa 24 Hours entry list to be around 70-cars long, with multiple guest entries. Among them, in the Aston Martin camp, DSC understands that R-Motorsport is considering running a third Aston Martin.