Jerseyman Jack Butel is ready to tackle a full campaign in British GT this season at the wheel of an Aston Martin GT4 machine prepared by Optimum Motorsport.
After two years in the UK LMP3 Cup, the 23-year-old will continue his sports car journey as he switches to Britain’s most prestigious motor racing championship – partnering Irishman Connor O’Brien in a brand-new Aston Martin GT4.
The ultra-competitive series will see Butel and his team go head-to-head with some of the best young drivers in the country across a seven-event calendar – visiting iconic circuits such as Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps.
What’s more, Butel has recently been selected for the Aston Martin Young Driver Academy programme – a scheme which will help mentor Jack further.
“I can’t wait to get going,” enthused an excited Butel. “British GT has always been a series I have followed from a young age and to finally be here is a massive achievement for me. Now that I am here, I have to make the most of this opportunity and give it my all. I am under no illusion – it’s going to be a massive step-up, but I am ready to mix it with the best and work with Connor [O’Brien] to take this new car to the front of the GT4 category.
“To be selected for the Academy is a real honour and massive confidence boost ahead of the new season. I would like to thank Aston Martin Racing for giving me the opportunity and I believe this will spur me on from round one.”
Channel Island interest is going to be sky-high this year. Butel will be going toe-to-toe with Guernseyman Sebastian Priaulx who will also be in the GT4 category with the Sarnian driving a Ford Mustang run by Multimatic Motorsports.
“Having Seb in the same category is going to be great. He is a quick driver and it will be interesting as we do battle on the circuit. I wish him well but I hope we can beat him and take the Channel Island honour back to Jersey,” joked Butel.
Jack Butel and his team Optimum Motorsport will kick-off their 2019 campaign on Easter weekend as Butel will be thread the British sports car around the picturesque Oulton Park for the first two rounds of the series.