Team Parker Racing have announced a switch to use the new-for-2018 Mercedes-AMG GT4 for the 2018 British GT season after confirming their entry at the Media Day on March 8th.
Nick Jones and Scott Malvern, who competed in the GT4 class in the Team Parker Racing run Porsche Cayman GT4 in 2017, have confirmed that they will remain team-mates for 2018 after finishing fourth in the GT4 Pro/Am standings.
Scott Malvern, the entry’s Am driver, is looking forward to competing with a car that he feels is less difficult to drive than the Cayman GT4 used last season.
“The Mercedes is a great bit of kit, and you can tell that the factory has worked a lot with its race teams and development drivers, because they seem to have thought of everything,” he said. “Looking at the car you’d think it’s just a straight-line warrior as it’s one of the larger GT4 cars out there, but the chassis has a brilliant balance and the handling is very impressive.
“The Porsche last year proved quite tricky for the amateur driver, whereas the Mercedes is accessible and has all of the technology needed to make it a real weapon in endurance racing.
Jones is hoping that the new car can see the pairing improve on the strong results from 2017.
“Ever since I first started talking to Mercedes it’s clear the programme is just at another level,” said Nick Jones. “This year is going to be exciting – easily the most exciting of our time in British GT so far, and the Mercedes is going to give us a real chance to compete.
“The car is a huge step forward. We’ve been out testing it in Europe with the Black Falcon factory team, getting a grounding of it ahead of getting our own chassis this month. Team Parker has been with us every step of the way too, and that relationship will be important as they’re such a professional team.
“Racing for me is about going out and having fun, and having competitive machinery is key to that. Last year I felt I drove better than ever, but a lot of that progress was masked by the car’s outright pace. This year I think we can make a real step up the grid.”