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AmDTuning Signs Mowle, Ratcliffe for British GT

Mowle, Ratcliffe to campaign AmDTuning Mercedes-AMG in British GT…

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AmDTuning has signed Lee Mowle and Ryan Ratcliffe as its British GT Championship drivers, as the team makes the switch to a Mercedes-AMG GT3.

It will be Mowle’s second season with AmDTuning, returning after coming sixth in the standings racing with Joe Osborne in the team’s BMW Z4 GT3 last year.

He is also set to compete with the Essex, England-based team in the Michelin Le Mans Cup alongside British GT rival Phil Keen.

“Although it wasn’t part of my original plans, I’m really excited about the prospect of racing the Mercedes in British GT this year,” he said.

“When the opportunity came along to race in the series, it was one that made perfect sense and I’m pleased to be returning for another season.

“As a Silver/Bronze driver pairing, we know that it will be difficult to challenge for the title but there is no reason why Ryan and I can’t surprise a few people as the year goes on; particularly as the Mercedes is a car that will be well suited to the British circuits.”

Ratcliffe won the 2013 British GT GT4 class title in a Ginetta G50, and last year raced a partial season in Optimum Motorsport’s Audi R8 LMS.

The Welshman has previously raced with Mowle, most recently at Triple Eight in both British GT and the Blancpain GT Series.

“I had a few things lined up for this year but no full season program, so when I got the call from Lee to see if I was interested in racing the Mercedes, I almost bit his hand off!” he said.

“It’s something that was really unexpected but I can’t wait to get started, and having already driven a new generation GT3 car, I’m keen to see how the Mercedes compares.”

Mowle has already tested the Mercedes-AMG at Silverstone earlier this month, but Ratcliffe will first take to the wheel of the car in a two-day test at Snetterton this week.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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