The Multimatic-developed and built Mustang GT4 earned Ford the manufacturer’s title in this year’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and so the time is right to take on one of the toughest GT4 challenges in Europe.
Multimatic Vice-President Larry Holt said: “British GT is a fantastic platform to show off our product to potential customers so we’re excited to go head-to-head with the GT4 cars from companies like Aston Martin, McLaren and Mercedes. We have put together an incredible group of people and resources to run the Ford GTs in WEC and will combine those with the North American Multimatic team to expand our racing programme here in England.”
The British GT programme is an opportunity for Multimatic to both demonstrate the Mustang’s capability and to develop young talent, both behind the wheel and on the race team. On the driving squad, at least one young racer will join two long-standing Multimatic veterans.
Sebastian ‘Seb’ Priaulx (GB), son of Multimatic WEC regular Andy Priaulx, and winner of the most recent round of the British F4 Championship will join Multimatic veterans, Scott Maxwell (CAN) and Billy Johnson (USA) in the team, with a fourth, yet to be chosen, driver.
When asked about the year ahead, Priaulx said: “Looking forward to every new racing season is always exciting and for me the 2019 one can't start soon enough. The opportunity to race in British GT is amazing. Also to be with such a great team is something every driver dreams of, and I know I shall learn an awful lot from being part of such a professional outfit. I have seen what a competitive championship British GT is and know it will be tough, but I really enjoyed the test in the Mustang and I can't wait to get out there and race!”
Holt continued: “Seb was extremely impressive in the Mustang when we tested him at Snetterton and I can’t think of a better story than bringing on the next generation of Priaulx. He will learn a lot from Billy and Scott, including how to drift properly!”
The first race of the 2019 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire at Easter.