Archie Hamilton (22, Basingstoke) is confirmed as driving in the International GT Open Championship for 2013. He will drive a 2012 Porsche GT2 RSR run by Spanish team Drivex and will be in the top class, Super GT. His co-driver will be Niccolò Schirò, reigning European F3 Open champion. The pair drove the Drivex Porsche in the winter at a test in Barcelona.
Despite being only 22, Archie has a strong history with driving Porsche cars having competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup in the UK and in the International GT Open GTS class in the Autorlando Porsche, finishing third in the championship and scoring three class wins, six podiums and twelve top-six finishes. He also took a GT Supercup class win in the inaugural City Challenge driving a Porsche 911 GT3 car.
Drivex, based near Madrid, is the team formed by sportscar racer Miguel de Castro and F1 driver Pedro de la Rosa. The team runs cars in European F3 Open, International GT Open and the Spanish GT Championships.
The International GT Open season starts at the French Paul Ricard circuit on 27th April. There are eight rounds held across Europe. New circuits for 2013 are Silverstone and Jerez which replace Brands Hatch and the Hungaroring.
Miguel de Castro, Drivex:
“We were looking for two young talented drivers to fight for the championship. We looked over the winter and the most able and talented were Archie and Niccolò. They worked together well, put in very good lap times and impressed the whole team with their speed and ability. Archie’s Porsche experience is unusual for a young driver and it’s helpful for this level of competition. This is a good opportunity for him and the team to show what we can do. I think our car is competitive. It’s a hard championship but we are looking good and I’m looking forward to it.”
“I’m really pleased to be back in the International GT Open and it will be great to be fighting for overall wins. I had a taste of that when we managed to get a third overall in Portimao last year in a GTS car so my goal is to be doing that regularly. Consistency is key in this series.
“I’m really looking forward to working with Drivex. I jelled well with the team when I did the Barcelona test, and with Niccolò. It was great that we were managing similar times. One of the big attractions of working with Drivex for me is the chance to work with Miguel. To have someone with his experience as a driver running the team is a big help. I was very impressed by the team’s approach and ability.
“My goal is to be a professional sportscar driver for as long as possible. Porsche is a manufacturer with arguably the deepest roots in endurance racing and an incredible history and I will do my best to show my sponsors, the BRDC, who made me a Rising Star last season, and the Porsche management that I can do a good job now and in the future.”