British GT Championship challengers RAM Racing and Sam De Haan have added the International GT Open round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria to their 2020 fixture list, with the team welcoming Callum Macleod back to the driving seat for the event.
RAM will field a single Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the double-header GT Open round at Spielberg on September 12-13 with De Haan sharing the car with Macleod, who will make his first competitive outing of the season with the team.
De Haan, 24, currently sits second in the British GT Championship standings following the last round at Brands Hatch and wanted to add the GT Open event to gain additional mileage and experience with the AMG GT3.
Despite only starting his racing career in 2018, De Haan has adapted impressively to GT3 racing, first handling a Lamborghini before moving into the RAM Racing Mercedes for this year alongside Finn Patrick Kujala for his third British GT campaign. De Haan has his eyes set on graduating to European competition in the future, and the Red Bull Ring outing will serve as a taster for that.
Macleod, 32, is no stranger to RAM Racing, having shared one of its Mercedes-AMGs with Ian Loggie in the 2019 British GT Championship, the pair finishing fifth in the overall standings with an outright win in the Silverstone 500 showpiece to their name. Since then, Macleod has taken on a coaching and data-led role with the team.
Speaking about the decision to join the GT Open field in Austria, De Haan said: “For me, it’s all about progression and assessing some options for the future. The plan this year was to fight for the British GT title, and then see where that can take me. Europe is probably the next step, and the gap in the schedule opened up nicely for Red Bull Ring. It looks like a fantastic track, and I enjoy new challenges so getting some time in a European championship can only be a bonus. I’m really excited to get out there.”
Macleod added: “I’ve been coaching Sam all year so it will be great to share a car with him and also get back on track myself, too. Sam’s come on leaps and bounds since he started racing, and I think he’ll be instantly competitive in the GT Open. It’ll also be interesting to try a new championship and a new track. I’ve never raced at the Red Bull Ring, only engineered there, but it’s a great circuit. It’s quite forgiving with the runoff, but it’s a fast, flowing layout and should be great fun in the Mercedes-AMG.”
RAM Racing team principal Dan Shufflebottom added: “It’s always good to go and try new circuits and new championships. Sam was really keen to drive the Red Bull Ring and the GT Open is one of the series we’re evaluating for the future. Obviously it will be a challenge for the guys to get used to the Michelin tyres as opposed to the Pirellis we run in other championships, but I’m sure they’ll adapt well. It will be great to have Callum back with us in a driving capacity. The round fits nicely between the British GT and GT World Challenge Europe within our schedule, so why not?”