George Richardson is to join the highly-respected Walkenhorst BMW team for a series of races culminating in the Nurburgring 24 hours this season. Speaking about the deal today, Richardson says: “It’s been a while coming, but I’m delighted to announce my first program for 2016. Driving for Walkenhorst BMW is a dream come true.”
The deal came about at short notice, with an impressive pre-season test allowing George to secure the seat.
Richardson’s team mates will be the Finnish Matauis Henkola and Mikala Di Martino. The name of the fourth driver will be revealed this weekend, alongside the team’s title sponsor.
The team will compete in a BMW M6 GT3. BMW’s latest addition to GT3 already proving to be as successful as its predecessor the Z4.
“The new M6 is the best GT3 car I’ve driven,” Richardson comments. “It’s extremely well balanced and provides an excellent base for fine tweaking. I’m looking forward to competing – I’m sure the car will be extremely successful. On top of that, the team are fantastic. I can see why they have the full confidence of BMW.”
Though the official season is just starting, Richardson’s off-season has been anything but quiet. The winter months have seen him on the track regularly, driving in three races and testing almost fortnightly. Racing achievements included contesting the Dubai 24 hours with Sorg Motorsport Qualifying Pole in Class, and being the first British driver to drive in the 6 hours of Peru, where he raced for Yokahama Hyundai Peru.
“It’s been a bit crazy,” admits Richardson “I haven’t stopped all winter – and I’m glad to say it doesn’t look as if I’ll be stopping any time soon, the more you do the better you become and I’m on a real confidence high at the moment!”
Richardson is no stranger to the notorious Nurburgring, having competed in a number of VLN races on the circuit. This will however be only his second time in the legendary Nurburgring 24. The first was in 2014, when he competed in a Porsche 991. In 2015, a clash with the European Le Mans Series 4 hours of Imola meant he was forced to miss the big race – despite taking part in 7 VLN races during the season at the Nurburgring with the NGK Spark Plug Racing team in the Ferrari 458. His experiences on the track have made him a big fan.
“I’ve been completely hooked on the Nurburgring since taking part in the VLN championship and last year winning the SP8 class in the final race was a real high,” he says.
“It’s hands down the most exciting track in the world. From a driver’s perspective, it’s one of those places that just keeps on giving – and with 250 cars on the track at any one time, it makes a fantastic experience for spectators too. I feel very at home in the paddock and despite not knowing an awful lot of German I seem to get by fine.”
To drive for Walkenhorst BMW in the N24 is an amazing opportunity, and I’d like to thank all my partners for the support they give that’s made it possible.”
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