Former GT4 champion Mitchell returns with Edgar and Toyota Gazoo Racing UK

Jack Mitchell returns to the GT4 class of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship this season with Tom Edgar and Toyota Gazoo Racing UK four years after winning the title.

Back-to-back wins at Silverstone and Spa (the last driver to achieve that particular feat in a British GT endurance race) helped Mitchell clinch the 2018 crown by a single point from his Century co-drivers Ben Tuck and Ben Green. . Now, after sealing his first GT3 win with 2 Seas in 2020, he hopes to become British GT’s first two-time GT4 champion in Speedworks Motorsport’s Toyota GR Supra.

He and Edgar, who were friends before joining forces this year, tested the car together at Snetterton last week. And Mitchell’s first impressions have left him confident of mounting a title assault.

“I am very happy to join Speedworks. It is a team that I have followed closely for a number of years, both in British GT and BTCC, and I was very impressed with the form they showed last season with the Supra,” he said. “As a GT4 package, there is no doubt that it is up there with the best, and being associated with Toyota Gazoo Racing UK and wearing the brand’s iconic black, red and white colors is a huge honor for me.

“Thomas [Edgar] He’s been a good friend of mine for a couple of years now, and I think that will really help us throughout the season, particularly in regards to getting him up to speed quickly after he graduates from Ginetta Juniors. It’s one thing to have a teammate in a different car that you share data with, but it’s another thing to have a teammate that you share the actual car with. They must implicitly trust each other, so I think our prior knowledge of each other’s driving style and approach will serve us well.

“My first test on the Supra went very well and I feel like I’m getting to grips with it. I already have quite a bit of experience on GT4 machines and it didn’t take long for me to feel comfortable. It’s very confidence inspiring and really pushes you to push the limits, which as a driver is exactly what you want.

“My goal is definitely to win the championship again. That’s never easy, especially in GT4 where the races are notoriously close and you need a lot of luck on your side, but with the car under us, the team behind us and our close working relationship, I’m sure Tom and I we can do a very good job. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be right on the hunt.

Joining him is former Ginetta Junior prospect Edgar, who finished sixth overall during his debut 2020 campaign. Circumstances limited his opportunity to improve last year, though two wins from his first five races hinted at the potential of the Northern Irish.

“It is a great honor to be selected to join a team of the caliber of Speedworks,” said the 17-year-old. “Toyota is not only the number one car manufacturer in the world, it is a company that has motorsport in its veins and it will be an absolute privilege to compete for Toyota Gazoo Racing UK. Endurance racing has always appealed to me so I am very excited to be taking part in my first season in Britain’s premier GT series and hopefully make a real impact on the championship.

“I am also looking forward to working with Jack [Mitchell]. He trained me when I was racing at Ginetta Juniors, and we got on really well. He is a top-tier driver and hopefully we can start working and cheering each other on. I think we’ll make a really strong couple.

“Of course I want to be successful this year, but for me the biggest barometer of success will be the progress I make in the coming months and how much I develop as a driver, which means it will be key to establishing a solid footing in the championship from the beginning. I can’t wait to start!”

Mitchell isn’t the only driver hoping to become the first two-time GT4 title winner this year: reigning champion Will Burns also returns with Century and BMW, coincidentally the same combination with which Mitchell claimed his crown.

To do so, Mitchell and Edgar will likely need to take Toyota Gazoo Racing UK’s first victory in the Supra, which debuted in 2020. The car has scored podiums, fastest laps and pole position in the last two years, but has always come up short. of the tempters. overpass

Team principal Christian Dick believes his new mix of Silver Cup drivers will not only remedy that oversight, but will also be a title challenger.

“We are very excited about our new driver line-up in this year’s British GT, and we think Jack, Tom and the Toyota GR Supra GT4 will be a very powerful combination,” he said. “Both are clearly emerging talents with great potential, and their existing relationship means that minimal time should be spent getting used to working together, which as we all know is half the battle in GT racing.

“Jack in particular needs little introduction. As a former GT4 champion in British GT his credentials speak for themselves and he too is a winner at GT3 level. In fact, he has run up front in almost every series he has contested and has an impressive resume for a 23-year-old. I have no doubt that the knowledge he can bring from his previous championship experiences will be hugely beneficial as we look to put together a consistent title challenge.

“In the same way, Tom has shown in his short career so far that he is a driver with a very bright future ahead of him. Like Jack, he has a top notch attitude and work ethic and is an absolute joy to have on the team, and he has fit in perfectly. His first laps behind the wheel of the Supra were also very encouraging. I have high hopes for both of them.”

Oulton Park will play host to the opening round of this year’s Smart Money British GT Championship on April 16-18.