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Christodoulou Joins Rollcentre; Three Drivers for Silverstone

Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing takes new approach, Christodoulou joins…

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Adam Christodoulou is set to join Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing for the remainder of the British GT Championship season, beginning with this weekend’s Silverstone 500.

The Mercedes-AMG factory driver will join Martin Short and Richard Neary in the team’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 in an unusual three-driver lineup for the three-hour endurance race at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Thereafter, Christodoulou is expected to replace Short and join Neary for the remaining races at Spa-Francorchamps, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

This moves the No. 88 Mercedes out of the Am category and into the Pro-Am class.

While unusual, a three-driver lineup is permitted in the British GT rulebook.

“Each car will be driven by two drivers (three driver option is possible during races longer than two hours – subject to driver grading and Organizer’s approval),” states the Championship Regulations.

Short announced the news on Monday night on his Facebook page, while also explaining that Silverstone will likely be his final British GT outing.

“This is likely to be my last race in BGT, as I have decided to step aside to let Adam in who can do the rest of the season,” Short wrote.

“Richard Neary has endeavoured to talk me out of it to his absolute credit but a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

“We can’t keep trolling around near or at the back, despite the fact we were close to the podium last week [at Snetterton]. It was merely a glitch in my stint as some of the Pro drivers went into meltdown.”

Christodoulou won the Nürburgring 24 last year and makes his British GT return after two seasons away from the series.

“I’m really excited to be racing a GT3 car in British GT for the first time,” he said.

“Unfortunately it wasn’t possible to do Snetterton because I was racing at the Nürburgring 24 Hours, but Silverstone is a track that we all know well, so we just have to make sure that we make no mistakes and use everything to our advantage.

“We’ve done two tests so far and between the test he did at Snetterton and the race, [Neary] made a nice jump forward.

“We managed to work on the setup and get him to have a little bit more confidence, which was good to see. Hopefully that will only continue as we work together more over the remainder of the season.”

The Silverstone 500 will take place on Sunday afternoon.

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

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