Italian outfit AF Corse will return to the British GT Championship in 2014, with two cars for the full season, and an occasional third entry. Veteran partners John Dhillon and Aaron Scott return, while sometime single-seater ace Richard Lyons joins the series with Pasin Lathouras alongside him. For the blue ribbon events at Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps, Charlie Hollings and Jacques Duyver will drive a third car.
Dhillon and Scott have been partnered in the series for a number of years, first with MTech, before switching to the AF Corse outfit for the 2013 season. The pairing finished 16th in the standings.
“I really enjoyed my first season with AF Corse and it was an easy decision to stay with the team for 2014,” says Dhillon. “I improved a lot in my driving last year and really enjoy racing in the British GT Championship. I’d like to think that Aaron and I will be able to fight for podiums from the first race next year.”
“I’m really looking forward to the new season in British GT and for John and I it’s great to have the conti- nuity of working again with AF Corse who are undoubtably one of the best teams in the business. It’s also good to have two cars in the team and, with a strong driver pairing as our team mates, I’m sure we can look forward to a good season together in British GT!”
Northern Irishman Lyons is a familiar face to many race fans, having won both Formula Nippon and the Super GT title in 2004, as well as representing Ireland in A1GP. Thai driver Lathouras is a graduate of the Asian Ferrari Challenge, and is making his debut in the series – though he has some experience of the GT3 Ferrari.
“I’m delighted that this programme has come together, it’s been my dream to race in Europe which is for sure the best place to further my career,” enthuses Lathouras. “I’ve had two successful years in the Ferrari Challenge so I think I’m ready for British GT although it’s going to be a big, big test for me and another learning year. But I will try my best and look forward to representing Thailand again and to deliver for all the people and sponsors who have supported me so much so far. I’m also really pleased to be racing for AF Corse, they’re one of the top professional teams with great engineers and I know the Ferrari GT3 car well now.”
Lathouras sees Lyons as a strong aid to his development in the sport, as well as a great racer.
“I’m delighted that Richard Lyons will be my team mate, he’s very experienced, fast, reliable and a proven winner. I hope to be able to learn a lot from him and I hope to contribute to the partnership.”
“I am extremely excited and honoured that I will be back racing in Britain for the pretigious British GT Championship with AF Corse,” adds Lyons. “Most of the circuits I have raced on in the past with great results and look forwards to succeeding with the Ferrair 458 GT3. My team mate, Pasin Lathouras does not have experience racing on these circuits but has been very successful and super fast in the Asian series. I think we can have a great partnership with AF Corse and look forwards to the season ahead”.
Both Hollings and Duyver raced in British GT last year, first with the FF Corse outfit in GTC before switching to AF Corse’s GT3 for the series’ finale.