Team Redline Racing will tackle the second season of the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB this year, with title-winning GT driver Jack Bartholomew their first signing for the one-make championship.
Entering the championship alongside their long-standing programme in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB, the Teesside squad enjoyed a great season in the Sprint Challenge GB last year. Across the Pro and Am classes, they accumulated a brilliant total of 20 podium finishes.
Bartholomew joins the team with a fantastic pedigree in single-marque GT competition, having enjoyed huge success during a three year stint in Lamborghini Super Trofeo racing as a member of the coveted Lamborghini Young Driver Programme.
The 22 year old from Sussex made an immediate impact by finishing third in both the UAE Middle East and Asia championships in 2017. He went on to win the UAE title and finish second in Asia the following year, before finishing third in the 2019 Europe series.
Bartholomew last competed full-time in the UK back in 2016, finishing as the GT4 class vice-champion in the British GT Championship. His first season in Porsche racing will be a welcome return to competition after electing to sit out the 2020 campaign.
Simon Leonard – Managing Director: “Team Redline Racing really enjoyed competing in the inaugural season of the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB last season, so it was a no brainer for us to put together a programme in the championship again this year.
“We’re delighted to have signed a driver of the calibre of Jack [Bartholomew] for our 2021 line-up. The success he achieved in the hugely competitive Lamborghini series shows his level of talent, so we’re confident he can be a front-runner from the off in the Caymans.”
Jack Bartholomew: “I am delighted to be joining Team Redline Racing in the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB. Redline are a top team and I am looking forward to working with them and racing a Porsche Cayman GT4.
“The championship gives me a great opportunity to return to racing after a year off as in 2020, after discussion with my sponsors, we decided not to race due to the COVID situation. I did, however, continue with my instructing and driver coaching work for Lamborghini.
“I last raced in a British Championship in 2016 where I was vice champion in British GT4, since then I have been racing in Asia, the UAE and Europe for Lamborghini, I’m really looking forward to racing back on home soil again and can’t wait to start testing”.
Introduced in 2020 as the latest addition to Porsche GB’s motorsport pyramid, the Sprint Challenge GB is a competitive one-make championship that utilises the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport machines, with a two-class format for Professional and Amateur drivers.
The 2021 season is set to be contested over seven events, with three outings on each of the biggest race packages in the UK alongside the British Touring Car Championship and British GT Championship, as well as a headline slot in a Porsche Club GB meeting.