March 21, 2018
Although they will be team mates, Alex and Tom won’t be racing in the same car. Alex is partnered with former karting rival Dean Macdonald and Tom with the experienced multiple F4 race winner Sennan Fielding.
Alex makes the switch to sports car racing after two years competing the British F4 championship. He finished as Rookie Champion in 2016, and then mounted a strong Championship Challenge with TRS Arden in 2017, securing four race wins and eleven podiums. Alex finished the year with a guest appearance in the British F3 Championship at Donington Park and impressed taking a podium in the final of race of the season.
Alex Quinn: “I am absolutely delighted that I will be competing in the British GT Championship in 2018. I have enjoyed two great seasons in F4 and am now looking forward to launching my sports car racing career and take maximum advantage of this opportunity. Thanks, of course, to Steller Engineering, my sponsors and all at the YRDA for making this happen.”
Tom Canning, who, at only 16 years old, will be the youngest driver in the field, steps up from a successful Rookie season competing in the Ginetta Junior Championship. Tom, who has won multiple championships in British Karting and also finished 3rd in the international BNL European Championship in 2016, was also a Ginetta Junior Scholarship Finalist in both 2015 and 2016. He now has the opportunity to showcase his prodigious talent in the Toyota GT86 alongside an experienced team mate.
Tom Canning: “It is fantastic that I will be racing with Sennan [Fielding] in Steller Engineering’s Toyota GT86 this year. The entry for the Championship looks very strong, however, I’m sure that we can get up to pace very quickly. Competing in the British GT Championship is a big step up from my rookie season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, but, with the support of Steller, the YRDA and Sennan, I am ready to make the most of the challenge and am really looking forward to the season ahead.”
Jamie Horner “We are delighted to have helped to secure drives with Steller Engineering for Alex and Tom and look forward to seeing them both in action in this year’s British GT Championship. Tom and Alex both possess the talent, drive, commitment and professionalism to compete at the highest level and we are delighted that they will be following in the footsteps of YRDA Alumni Ross Gunn, Sandy Mitchell and Jack Bartholomew by competing in this well run and highly competitive championship. Ross, of course, won the GT4 Championship in 2015, and it would be great to see another YRDA winner in 2018!”
The British GT Championship begins at Oulton Park on 2nd April. It consists of ten rounds across seven different weekends and will also visit Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Rockingham, Snetterton, and Spa-Franchorchamps.