Brookspeed 2017 GT4 European drivers

CAR #40: Freddie Hunt (UK)/ Chase Owen (USA)

CAR #41: TBA / TBA

Drives available in 2nd Brookspeed Porsche Cayman GT4 'MR's in the European GT4 Northern Cup.

The Competition102 GT4 European Series is a competitive, multi-brand championship for professional and amateur drivers. It’s a financially attractive series which is a full member of the SRO Motorsports Group and guarantees top class race events and a successfully proven Balance of Performance.

  • 6 race weekends with fixed format and team races
  • 6 countries, exceptional tracks, frames of major events
  • 4,5 hours of tracktime per weekend
  • 3 titles to achieve: AM – PRO – TEAM
  • 2 team endurance races of 1 hour each per weekend
  • 1 exclusive tire partner with limited amount of tires per weekend
  • 0 clashes with major events
  • + FIA approved regulations and Balance of Performance by SRO

Freddie joins Brookspeed for the first time at Misano, Italy, the first round of the GT4 European Series. With 6 rounds in the Series it will be Freddie’s first planned steps towards his ultimate goal of competing at the world famous LeMans 24hrs. Brookspeed are delighted to have Freddie on board for 2017
— Martin Braybrook
Freddie Hunt

Freddie Hunt

Freddie Hunt, son of 1976 Formula One World Champion James Hunt, will race in the 2017 GT4 European Series Northern Cup. The 29-year-old joins fellow Brit Steven Liquorish in the #40 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR this season.

Hunt raced in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series last season and will join GT4 European Series regular Liquorish, as he aims to start a full-time GT and sportscar career.

Brookspeed are really pleased to have F3 driver Chase Owen driving for the team this weekend. Chase joins Brookspeed at Brands Hatch for his first taste of the European GT4 Championship. Chase drove the Brookspeed Porsche Cayman GT4 at Silverstone a couple of weeks ago on a track day and found it easy but rewarding to drive. A very different beast to his usual British F3 car.
— Martin Braybrook
Chase Owen (USA)

Chase Owen (USA)

Chase Owen is an American open-wheel racing driver. He was born and raised in Houston, Texas and attended Memorial High School where he played football and varsity golf. He grew up in a family that loved traditional sports and competition, but had no interest in motorsports. However, Chase’s favorite childhood memories were from driving his older brother’s wooden go-kart up and down the street. This would prove to become the foundation for Chase’s deep seeded passion for racing.

Upon graduating from high school, Chase attended The University of Texas at Austin. There, he studied economics and business and would eventually graduate with a degree in Economics in 2015. During this time, Chase became more and more fascinated by motorsports and decided that he would pursue his dream of becoming a racing driver.

Chase began his career at Skip Barber Racing School. He attended several schools throughout the country and was invited to participate in the Skip Barber IndyCar Academy, an internationally fielded shootout for Skip Barber’s most promising drivers. Through hard work and determination, Chase was crowned the Champion out of the 33 talented drivers.

Chase was awarded a fully funded season in the 16-race Skip Barber Summer Series. In his first ever season of racing, Chase won 8 races with 14 podium finishes against a strong field of competitors. Chase narrowly missed out on the Championship title which came down to the last corner of the last lap in the season finale. Chase ended his strong rookie season in 2nd place, just 2 points behind the previous season’s Champion.

In his rookie season, Chase also received the “Top Gun Award” from Racer Magazine and was a candidate for the prestigious Team USA Scholarship. His success is derived from his passion for the sport and his determination and will to stop at nothing in order to achieve his dreams. Chase’s 2016 season, like his first season, is sure to be filled with success.

After the 2016 season finale at Zandvoort, Brookspeed International Motorsport shipped its cars to Abu Dhabi for the 12-hour race at Yas Marina. They then went onto Bathurst, where the team scored a second and third place finish in the Bathurst 12 Hour Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Some 35,000km and almost five months later, the containers with the cars returned to Genoa, Italy on Sunday. From there the #40 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR will go straight to Misano for the opening round of the 2017 season.

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The GT4 category.

The exclusive property of the SRO Group, which holds the commercial rights and homologation papers, provides a good level of competition between a great variety of cars. Including GT cars from prestigious manufacturers, sports coupés from high-volume runs, and personalized productions from small manufacturers, the GT4 category is attractive due to its variety and price, which is 50% less than its big sister GT3, both in terms of purchase price and running costs.

Introduced in 2006 with the GT4 European Series, the category was initially developed in the framework of the Dutch National Championship and the VLN series in Germany under the SP10 name. After a few years of relative somnolence, it has seen a resurgence in 2016 with the launch of a number of new cars, such as the Porsche Cayman GT4 and the McLaren 570S GT4, developed and sold by the manufacturers, as well as through its growing success in both the European Series and as the second division of the British GT Championship.

The involvement of the SRO Group in the Pirelli World Challenge in the United States of America has allowed the technical alignment of the GTS category with GT4, making this a worldwide category which can be developed in Asia and can expand in Europe. The expected announcements from a number of prestigious manufacturers will complete the
task of making GT4 the natural complement of the fast-expanding GT3 category.

With a variety of makes comes a variety of formats: the calendars combine two or threehour Endurance races with Sprint events consisting of two one-hour races. The driver crews vary as well, from Pro-Am pairings to amateur drivers, while allowing
amateur drivers the option of racing alone.

Balance of Performance.

Undertaken by the SRO technical department, the Balance of Performance allows for spectacular races between all the brands represented.