Derbyshire Heads For World Stage With GT Drive Sportscar racer, Jamie Derbyshire, is stepping onto the World stage next weekend, when he competes in round one of the FIA GT Championship at Monza in Italy. Derbyshire, with backing this...
Derbyshire Heads For World Stage With GT Drive
Sportscar racer, Jamie Derbyshire, is stepping onto the World stage next weekend, when he competes in round one of the FIA GT Championship at Monza in Italy.
Derbyshire, with backing this year from Spirit Volkswagen's expanding UK Fleet Sales division, was runner-up in the 2003 British GT Championship, at the wheel of a Mosler MT900R alongside team-mate Shaun Balfe. However, this year he will be at the wheel of one of the most dominant and powerful GT cars of recent years, a 625 horsepower Lister Storm for the Bicester based Creation Autosportif team.
The Storm is a step up from the Mosler of last year, onto the 'GT' class stage. The FIA Championship is also another level above where Derbyshire ended last season and he knows that he will have to be at the top of his form as he goes head to head with some of the worlds best sportscar racers.
"I can't wait to get to Monza and get down to the first race," he says. "We have done a lot of testing with the car, both in the UK and abroad, before the season. It is a big jump up from the Mosler last year, but it is a proper racecar, designed for the task and it is unbelievably quick."
"I know that it is going to be a difficult season and all I am aiming to do is make sure that I am firing on all cylinders at each meeting and do the best I can. It will definitely be a steep learning curve against the drivers who are in the series, but I am looking forward to it." He adds.
Jamie's driving partner for the opening round of the series will be former FIA GT Champion, Jamie Campbell-Walter. However, he is currently only pencilled in for the first race. A good showing at Monza might allow the team to keep the driver pairing together, which Derbyshire would be keen to happen.
"Jamie knows more about the Lister Storm than any other driver, as he was a works driver for four years. The team won the drivers title in 2000 and have won races every year in the championship. It has been great learning from him so far and to have him as my team-mate all year would be a great benefit. But we will have to see how the opening race weekend goes." He says.
The 2004 series will be on a truly global scale, with events right across Europe and the Far East. A British round, at Donington Park in June, will give the UK fans a taste of the power and speed involved in the series.
Jamie will be taking to the ultra fast Italian Grand Prix track on Friday, with the race taking part over three hours on Sunday afternoon, where he will be reaching speeds in excess of 180mph.