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Leonard to compete in British GT Championship “Silverstone 500” with Team Parker Racing

Karl Leonard and Tim Bridgman will team up in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine for the British GT Championship season finale, the Silverstone 500 in just over a weeks time.

Both drivers are experienced hands in Porsche Cup cars, having both claimed championship titles in their careers. Karl not only took the 2019 Porsche Carrera Cup GB Pro-Am crown with the team, but also recorded an incredible overall win in the series at Croft, the first time anyone from his class had ever achieved that feat.

Tim, meanwhile, secured the 2009 Carrera Cup title, also with Team Parker Racing, and has won both the Formula Palmer Audi and Formula BMW UK championships in his career. He also took an overall British GT Championship victory in 2011 at Brands Hatch, again in a Porsche.

Racing in British GT’s GTC class, Karl and Tim will need to quickly get up to speed as they will be faced with three challenging hours of racing at the home of the British Grand Prix, over an unusually late race weekend of November 7/8.

Karl and Tim will tackle two free practice sessions on Saturday morning, before qualifying that afternoon. Sunday starts with a morning warm up, before the main event gets underway at 12:45, with live coverage links shared across Team Parker Racing’s social media channels.

Karl Leonard
“It will be great to be back with Team Parker Racing. We had some brilliant times together, especially last year when we won the championship, so I can’t wait to get back out there with everyone and race with Tim for the first time. I’ve known him for a long time now and it seemed like a good opportunity to try this together. I’ve missed being out on track this year but once you get behind the wheel it all comes flooding back. It’ll be a different sort of challenge racing the Porsche in GTC, but we’ll get stuck in and enjoy the weekend.”

Tim Bridgman
“I’ve been friends with Karl and his family since we crossed paths at Team Parker Racing in 2009 in the Carrera Cup. He had a very successful 2019 and I have been badgering him to get into endurance racing for some time. I think the Silverstone 500 is the perfect event to get stuck into; it’s a nice long race and will give him a taste for endurance racing and the comparison from sprint events. There’s a lot of familiarity with Stuart and Team Parker Racing so it will be nice to be back with everyone for the first time since 2010 when we did the Porsche Supercup, so it’s been a while! I have fond memories of British GT from the 2011 season, also in a Porsche, so things have fallen into place quite well.”

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