12 September, 2012
British racing driver Matt Bell has been signed up by United Autosports to contest the 2013 British GT Championship in the team's Audi R8 Ultra LMS GT3. The young Geordie racer took victory at the last two British GT meetings in the McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car but will make the switch to the Audi for the full 2013 season where he will be the pro driver in that car alongside non-professional racer Mark Patterson.
"I'm very happy to have been signed up so far ahead of next year," said Matt. "I've got a great relationship with the team; through working with them I met Mark and the three of us got together to do this deal. United Autosports has really grown as a team over the last three years and now has a lot of experience, not least two seasons of British GT, so I think we will be a force to be reckoned with next year. Mark himself has been racing for nearly a decade at a very high level for a non-professional. I have a lot of respect for what he has achieved and his reliability and consistency will make him a great partner."
The British GT Championship looks set to have its most competitive season yet in 2013 but Matt has a lot of time to prepare to make sure he is at the sharp end when the season kicks off at Oulton Park during the Easter weekend next year.
"I'll be working hard between now and the start of the new season to really get to peak fitness," he explained. "I'm doing the Great North Run this weekend and hope to do a few more road races like that. In terms of driving I'm hoping to get in a couple of winter races, like the Dubai 24 Hours, and as always I will do a lot of karting to keep myself fit and keep my ribs bruised!"
Before turning his attention to 2013 though Matt has one more British GT race to go this year. The two-hour season-closer takes place at Donington on 30 September and Matt will be out for a hat trick of victories to round off the 2012 season.