ITALIAN SWITCH - 4/4/08

ITALIAN SWITCH - 4/4/08

With 2 rounds of the 2008 Avon Tyres British GT Championship already out the way Ben de Zille Butler and team mate Guy Harrington have made the switch from the CHAD Racing Ferrari to the Team Modena Lamborghini just in time for the next rounds at Knockhill in 7 days time.

Ben explains why he has made such a drastic move in what needs to be nothing less than a consistent season for the 2007 race winners.

"It was not an easy decision to make but unfortunately with such a high level of competition in the Championship again this year we cannot afford to drop anymore points if we want to be in with a chance at the end of the season. The crew we had working on our car at Chad were very committed and worked around the clock at Oulton but unfortunately the problems with the car seem to be too deep and we could be chasing parts all season. Chad may well be successful with the car from now on but we cannot afford to take the chance. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

With this in mind we decided to make a change before we got too far behind to recover and having been in discussions with Modena at the end of last season saw them as good place to start. Having met with Hans (Team Manager) and the two team owners Graham & Rik it was clear straight away that our intentions were the same - to go for the title. They were more than happy to put the structures in place to be able to run a second car along side their existing entry and we felt at home with them straight away.

The Lamborghini Gallardo is clearly a quick car and although we have just settled into the Ferrari I am sure we will be up to speed with Modena relatively quickly. I drove the Gallardo in October last year and within a limited number of laps was already much quicker at Snetterton than I had been in the DBRS9 last season.

I can't wait to get back in action at Knockhill and start to make up some lost ground on the rest of the field. We have a lot of work to do now to get this title attack back on the road but I am confident we have the package to achieve this."

Ben will be driving a 2007 spec car for the Knockhill rounds under the teams entry number 21 but a brand new 2008 car be arriving well before the Rockingham meeting in May which Ben will drive with Guy for the remainder of the season as race number 00. 

"It's great to have such a strong driver line-up joining us," said Team Principal Graham Schultz, "we now fully expect Team Modena to be up there fighting for the title."  

Ben's team mate Guy Harrington said, "I thought the Lamborghini was a great car when I first drove it. It was well balanced and felt like a real race car."

 

Rounds 3 & 4 take place at Knockhill in Scotland on Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 April.

Television coverage of rounds 1 & 2 from Oulton Park will be shown Channel 4 at 0730 on Sunday 6 April.

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