Successful British racing driver Jordan Witt will make a welcome return to action on the continent this year after today, Thursday, 8th April, confirming he will compete in the inaugural season of the brand new Fanatec GT2 European Series with Toro Verde GT.
Nantwich 30-year-old Witt, who won the Silver Cup class of the world-renowned Total 24 Hours of Spa in 2019 and was an outright race winner in the Intelligent Money British GT Championship last season, is elated to be returning to overseas action – particularly for the dawn of the new GT2 era.
Witt, who is again supported by long-term commercial partners Vibe Audio and Yelir World, will drive a Lamborghini Huracan GT2 car entered by newly formed British squad Toro Verde GT and will team-up with the outfit’s owner David Fairbrother. The opening two races will take place at Monza in Italy next weekend, 17th/18th April.
“I’m really looking forward to getting the season going”, said an elated Witt, “I’ve known David for a number of years and although we haven’t shared a car together, we’ve shared some good times off the track. It’s good to finally be teaming-up in a car and hopefully we can progress well in GT2 European Series and push forward from the opening round at Monza next weekend.”
While ultimately enjoying a fantastic season in British GT last year at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, taking two class wins en-route to fourth in the Silver Cup standings, Witt was originally scheduled to contest the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3.
As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, however, those plans were forced to change and meant a wise return to action on home soil for the 2011 British GTC Class Champion and 2016 GT Cup Champion.
The brand new Fanatec GT2 European Series forms part of the revitalised GT Sports Club which is run by SRO [Stephane Ratel Organisation], the same group behind GT World Challenge Europe and British GT.
Featuring a pair of 50-minute races at each of the five race meetings, with a British round at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in late June, GT2 European Series will run alongside the GT World Challenge at the upcoming season-opener in Italy at Monza.
“Being back in a chassis I know is obviously a big bonus for me”, added Witt, “I really did enjoy my time with Lamborghini in 2019, if things had gone to plan I would’ve been in a Lamborghini last year as well. It’s good to be back with the marque and hopefully Toro Verde GT can provide some good results for Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
“I do have to say a big thank you to my sponsors for helping to make all of this happen, without the ongoing support of Vibe Audio and Yelir World we simply wouldn’t be racing. I’m also very grateful to Pall-Ex for added support this season. It’s fantastic to have been able to put this deal together, our aim is to hit the ground running with the new GT2 car.”
Opening practice for the GT2 European Series cars will get underway at 09.00 local time at Monza on Friday, 16th April, with a second session following at 12.15 local ahead of qualifying at 15.30 local.
Race one will begin at 13.00 local (12.00 UK) on Saturday, 17th April, with race two following at 10.30 local (09.30 UK) on Sunday, 18th April. Live streaming of both encounters will be available HERE
2021 GT2 European Series Calendar
Rd1 – Monza, Italy – 17/18 April
Rd2 – Hockenheim, Germany – 14/15 May
Rd3 – Silverstone, UK – 26/27 June
Rd4 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – 23/24/25 July
Rd5 – Paul Ricard, France – 2/3 October
Source. Marc Orme