The nights may be drawing in but there is still plenty of race action ahead for Optimum Motorsport as the team prepare for the forthcoming Spa-Francorchamps double-header in both the International GT Open and GT World Challenge Europe events.
This coming weekend (16-18 October 2020), the team is back in action with the #7 McLaren 720S GT3 with Brendan Iribe and Ollie Millroy, the pairing haven just competed at Monza in the Michelin Le Mans Cup for the first time. Teammates Nick Moss and Joe Osborne are back in the green #72 entry and between the four drivers, they have secured an impressive ten Pro-Am podium positions in the eight rounds to date.
In terms of the championship race, the last round at Monza was the strongest yet, with Nick and Joe securing 14 points to move third in the standings with a total of 34, just one ahead of Brendan and Ollie.
The team has conducted multiple tests at Spa-Francorchamps this year in readiness for the GT Open and 24 Hours of Spa events. The former gets underway this coming Friday with free practice, while Saturday sees qualifying and round nine of the championship from 14.15 CEST. Round ten takes place Sunday at 14.00.
Shaun Goff, Optimum Motorsport Team Principal
“The championship looks like a long-shot for us in the Pro-Am standings this year. We cannot underestimate how tough it is for two rookie GT3 drivers to step up to this level and race against drivers who have done this week in and week out for a longer period. Brendan and Nick have both driven well, continue to improve as race drivers and learn from their more experienced teammates. So, logically, we are aiming for the overall podium and class wins and while not discounting the championship, focusing on the race weekend as it comes.”
Ollie Millroy, Pro driver car #7
“We’re looking forward to racing at Spa, it’s such a great circuit and while I’m a fairly experienced racer now, I’ve never actually raced a GT car there! It should be really fun; we expect it to be wet which is fine for us as the McLaren is good in those conditions.”