03 September, 2013
Matt Bell has been selected to drive a JRM Racing Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 at the final round of the ultra competitive ADAC GT Masters championship at Hockenheim in Germany on 28-29 September. As one of the most closely fought domestic GT series, the ADAC GT Masters is a great opportunity for Matt to race against some of the best drivers and teams in Europe.
This race will take the place of the final Blancpain Endurance Series for Matt and will see him compete with a new team mate, sportscar ace Peter Dumbreck.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to race in the ADAC GT Masters,” said Matt. “It has possibly the highest level of competition in Europe with top works teams and exceptional drivers. It will be good to race with Peter too as he is an established, highly successful sportscar driver. He is one of JRM’s top guys so it was good to be chosen to race with him.”
Hockenheim is a new track for Matt so he will be knocking on the door at Base Performance Simulators to try out their new GT simulator before he heads out to Germany.
“It can be tough to learn new tracks on a race weekend,” said Matt. “I’ll only have a maximum of an hour in the car to learn the track as well as complete all the necessary setup work. Luckily I've always picked up circuits quite well, but when you're going to compete at such a high level it's important to do everything you can to help the learning process, which is where the simulator comes in. I've always used Darren's simulator at Base Performance and I'm looking forward to getting in their new GT sim which is much more specific to GT3 racing than anything else out there.”
Before heading out to Germany later this month, Matt will be racing the United Autosports Audi R8 LMS ultra in the Zandvoort round of the British GT Championship on 7/8 September. He and Mark Patterson are currently in fourth place in the championship so it is important that they have two good races at Zandvoort before the season finale at Donington Park in October.