20/12/2012 888 engineering and Optimum join forces for 2013 attack


Triple Eight Race engineering (888), the multiple British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) winning team, and established British GT team, Optimum Motorsport have today announced a brand-new engineering alliance, 888Optimum, which will launch a two-car entry in the 2013 Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

888Optimum will contest a pair of 2013 specification BMW Z4 GT3 race cars in British GT next season and are evaluating other opportunities in Europe in the future. One car has already been received and is being prepared; the second is due to arrive shortly, with a comprehensive pre-season testing programme set to begin in earnest.


Operating out of 888’s engineering facility, the newly formed team, 888Optimum will benefit from the facilities that have been home to a decade of BTCC domination representing both General Motors (Vauxhall), and currently MG.


Confirmed to drive for the team in 2013 are the exciting driver pairings of Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne and Steve Tandy and Dan Brown. Three of the team’s drivers have previously won races in British GT and will be looking to add further wins to their tally driving the fantastic BMW Z4 GT3.


The 888Optimum team has been formed by the respective owners of both established teams, Optimum Motorsport’s Lee Mowle and 888’s Ian Harrison. Both owners have a shared desire to establish a team that can operate at the highest level of GT racing in both the UK and Europe, and the BMW Z4 GT3 was the clear winner as the machine with which the team would base their plans after a considered evaluation process that saw a number of similar GT3 cars tested.