OC, who has recently announced he will continue his role as Milltek Sport brand ambassador in 2016, will be joined once again by regular team-mate Paul White (GB) and new-for-2016 RAM Racing driver Stuart Hall (GB) for the second round of the Series to be held at Mugello Circuit in Northern Italy.
At the car’s competitive customer debut at Dubai 24 Hours at the start of the year, teething problems prevented the team from repeating its 2015 podium finish. However, the signs were promising and, after dropping out of third place, a valiant effort and fighting spirit saw RAM Racing and its drivers bag ten points each towards the 24H Series championship.
Knowing that he and the team can’t afford to drop any more scores if they want to defend their titles, OC is clear that a podium, at least, is needed this weekend.
“We finished in second place in this race last year and the target is to match or better this,” his commented. “Dubai didn’t go to plan but, in 24H Series, you drop a score, so it may not affect us. However, what it does mean is that we can’t afford to miss a podium at the remaining five rounds.”
In 2015, RAM Racing scored a podium at each of the six races, including a win at 24 Hours of Paul Ricard and second in Dubai 24 Hours, but the teams’ GT3 championship title still went down to the final round.
“If I’m honest, I’ll be disappointed with anything other than a win,” the Casio Edifice-sponsored driver concluded. “As a driver, that is an ideal position to be in, as it means you have the package in place to be fighting at the front, but it also means that expectations are high and the pressure is on.”
The 12 Hours of Italy starts at 1400hrs on Friday 18 March and runs for four hours. The race resumes at 0930hrs on Saturday 19 March, after a night under parc ferme conditions, for the remaining eight hours of racing.