Reigning GT Cup Champions, JMH Automotive, have announced their return to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship after a six-year absence. The team will run a brand-new Nissan GT3 GT-R with strong support from both NISMO, Nissan’s motorsport division and JR Motorsports, its official partner in the GT3 project.
Contesting the championship in the GT-R will be Benji Hetherington (20), the 2011 Carrera Cup GB Scholarship winner, who last year completed a successful first year in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, taking eighth place in a highly competitive season. Hetherington’s driving partner will be announced shortly.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Nissan in British GT. Last year I learnt a lot and improved my driving significantly. We’re confident that the Nissan GT3 GT-R is one of the best packages out there and it’s a little different to the Ferraris and Porsches, which really appealed to me. I think we’re definitely going to be competitive and once we’ve got some miles under our belt, we’ll be in a position to challenge for wins.”
In addition, Hetherington from Congleton, Cheshire has raced in the British GT Championship sporadically over the past two seasons in GT3 and GT4 machinery, almost taking a victory in the 2010 season finale at Donington Park alongside Porsche Carrera Cup GB rival, Stephen Jelley.
The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 features a 3.8 V6 twin-turbo engine that is based on a standard road car unit, developing 530ps at 6400 rpm. Power is delivered via six-speed transaxle that drives the rear wheels, activated by a semi-automatic paddle-shift system.
“This is a hugely exciting opportunity for JMH to work so closely with Nissan,” said JMH Automotive MD, Jason Hughes. “We were looking at a number of options for the 2012 season and then we begun speaking with the Hetherington’s about their interest in the Nissan project.
“Nissan are keen to prove a point and their support has been, and will no doubt continue to be invaluable in making this year a success. Benji is a talented driver and has experience of racing in the championship, which is a definite advantage. We’ve got a great package of car and driver and we’re going to push hard for wins in what will undoubtedly be a highly competitive year of racing.”