GT Academy winner Sanchez set for British GT debut with RJN
Former Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez will make his British GT Championship debut with RJN Motorsport this weekend at the Silverstone 500.
The Mexican racer won the first international GT Academy competition in 2014 and has since become a regular for Nissan in Europe and America.
For 2018, Sanchez is back in Europe aboard an RJN-run Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, as well as competing in the Le Mans Challenge’s LMP3 class.
Sanchez joins RJN’s British GT3 regular Struan Moore this weekend. The pair are also team-mates in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and recently claimed a Silver Cup podium together at Silverstone.
“I wasn’t expecting to get this opportunity – I can’t wait to make my debut in the British GT Championship,” said Sanchez.
“Thanks to Bob [Neville], Grupo INDI and RJN for this fantastic opportunity. It really is perfect – I know the car, I know the track and I know my team-mate – I’m really excited to see what Struan and I can do.
“We just scored a podium at Silverstone together, so we are aiming to do the same this weekend.”
Sanchez is in the middle of a busy three-week period. He finished fifth with Moore and Jordan Witt at Paul Ricard last Saturday and races at Silverstone this weekend before making his Circuit de la Sarthe debut as part of the Le Mans 24 Hours’ LMP3 support race.
Sanchez also becomes the third GT Academy winner to race in British GT after Jann Mardenborough (2012) and Wolfgang Reip (2014).
RJN will again compete in both the GT3 and GT4 classes this weekend. However, its #54 UltraTek Racing Nissan 370Z GT4 won’t make the trip to Silverstone thanks to damage sustained at the previous round.
Tickets for this weekend’s blue riband British GT round, which also features Supercar Sunday, can be reserved here. Prices start at £12 while under-16s attend for free.