Silverstone to have new team

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SILVERSTONE will be home to a new GT racing team in 2013, writes James Beckett.

Based at a new, purpose-equipped facility adjacent to the famous race circuit, RAM Racing has been launched to contest the European Le Mans Series with two Ferrari 458 Italia cars contesting the GTE category.

The team’s choice of the Ferrari 458 Italia GT has been given full approval by Ferrari’s Corse Clienti department, and will run with their support during the 2013 campaign.

The European Le Mans Series has been targeted as an achievable goal for the first year of operation from the point of view of the calendar, the length of races and the competition.

Seen as a gateway to the FIA World Endurance Championship, the ELMS is the first step on the GT pathway for RAM Racing who consider the championship to be an ideal proving ground for the team, particularly as the series is due to receive management expertise and promotion from Gérard Neveu and his team at Le Mans Endurance Management.

RAM Racing is led by Dan Shufflebottom, who has gained valuable experience in the world of Formula One and the World Rally Championship. Shuffle­bottom said: “Our goal is to under-promise and over-deliver because otherwise you’re just going to disappoint people from the outset.

“We may be relatively new at running our own team, but we know what it takes and, more importantly, what’s not necessary to run a tight, efficient and successful operation.

“We’re massively looking forward to the challenge ahead. We have done our homework carefully, have put together what we consider to be a cracking team of people and taken delivery of one of the most beautiful GT racing cars – the Ferrari 458.”