Former European GT4 and International GT Open stalwarts V8 Racing will return to European GT4 competition in 2018 with a pair of new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs, marking a renewal of its long-time relationship with the GM concern.
The Dutch team will take delivery of both Pratt & Miller-built Camaros before Christmas as it gears up for an assault on the 2018 GT4 European Series.
“We’ve already signed up one extremely strong line-up and are closing in on a competitive duo for the second car as well, so things are looking good for our comeback”, said team owner Rick Abresch.
The 2018 season will mark V8 Racing’s return to international competition after successfully competing in GT4 European Series, International GT Open, Creventic 24H series and most recently in the now-defunct Renault Sport Trophy until 2016.
The team spent 2017 rebuilding after a fire destroyed V8 Racing’s premises as well as several cars, including its championship-winning previous-generation Camaro GT4s.
“[It was] very tough, as we first had to finish out our Renault Trophy season before we could well and truly start rebuilding the workshop,” said team manager Francesco Pastorelli. “But I’m immensely proud of how the team has pulled together and I’m confident we can once again fight for titles with the newest Camaro GT4.R.”
The two V8 Racing Camaro GT4.Rs are the first examples of the American muscle car to be entered in Europe, and they do so with the blessing and support from Pratt & Miller.
“We have a long and successful relationship with Pratt & Miller and we couldn’t be happier that we are the first to bring the new car to fight with the likes of Audi, Mercedes, BMW and Porsche on one of the world’s toughest GT4-podiums,” said Abresch.
In addition to running the first two Camaros in Europe, V8 Racing is also looking into providing customer support and parts services for new Camaro GT4.R customers in the future.
Besides the confirmed effort in the 2018 GT4 European Series, V8 Racing is also looking into entering the new Camaro GT4.R in other championships, including the British GT championship and the Creventic 24H series.