Optimum Motorsport has withdrawn the #14 Audi R8 LMS GT3 from the British GT Championship that was driven by Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore. The team has taken the car out of the series due to restrictions and weight penalties that affected the team because of their all-silver driver line up. These penalties did not allow the team to achieve the results they desired.

Teams running a Silver driver pairing are subject to car adjustments and penalties to try and keep the racing between the Silver teams and the ProAm teams as fair as possible. The team has pulled the car out of the Championship either because they felt the penalties they were receiving for their Silver driver line-up were unfair or because the did not feel they could achieve what they wanted to and could not see the point of funding and racing the GT3 car.

Moore and Ratcliffe sit eleventh in the Driver’s GT3 Championship with 27 points, 79 points behind the Championship leaders Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston. It is unknown whether Optimum Motorsport will run the GT3 car next year or if withdrawing from this season is them not wanting to race in GT3 anymore. As for what Moore and Ratcliffe will do next year, that is also unknown. Neither driver or team member has made a comment about the early end to their season.

This does give Optimum the opportunity to focus on wrapping up the GT4 championship with the #50 Ginetta with Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson. The GT4 pair could wrap up the Championship this weekend at Snetterton (like Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick did last year). They are currently 17.5 points ahead of their closest Championship rival Jack Bartholomew in the #407 Beechdean.

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