Aleksander Schjerpen got his 2016 season off to the best possible start at the 24 Hours of Dubai, winning the SP3 class with Century Motorsport teammates Anna Walewska, Tom Oliphant and Nathan Freke. With his confidence at an all time high, Schjerpen has signed for his third season with Century Motorsport to contest the British GT4 Championship, firmly intent on being a title contender from the start of the season.
Over the past two seasons, Aleksander has been a regular towards the front of the British GT4 field, but bad luck has never been far away from the Norwegian. Acting as the lead driver this year due to his Silver categorisation, Schjerpen is hoping to utilise his considerable experience in the series to mount a serious assault on taking the overall championship spoils.
Joining Aleksander will be British GT newcomer Sean Byrne. Having spent the past six seasons racing various specifications of Caterham sportscars to good effect, Byrne has decided to move to endurance racing for a fresh new challenge. A regular at the sharp end of the highly competitive Caterham R300 Superlight field and narrowly missing out on finishing inside the top three in the championship in 2015, Byrne has already impressed both Aleksander and the Century Motorsport team with his initial pace at a recent Portimao test.
Aleksander Schjerpen – #40 Century Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4:
“Last year had its ups and down for us, we were unlucky at some of the race weekends, but we had good pace in the car. We were able to get a double podium at Snetterton, which was the highlight of our results.”
“Century Motorsport did a great job, and I am very pleased and happy to be able to continue working with them. They are great to work with, and we share the same goals and passion. We started 2016 off winning the SP3 class in the Dubai 24-hour, now we obviously want to win the British GT championship in 2016. We are not alone with that goal, so it will be an exciting year. “
“All of this would not be possible without my fantastic sponsors. Most of them have come back with me again in 2016. Their support is really great, so I hope we can get a big result for them in 2016!”
Nathan Freke – Team Principal, Century Motorsport:
“I’m delighted that Century Motorsport is back in British GT4 with a two car team again this season. Not only that, but I really believe we have two cars that can run at the front and challenge for the championship title. We are delighted to welcome Sean to the team, and already he has impressed at our first test in Portimao. Aleksander is making a very welcome return to the team, and having played a big part in helping us to win our class at the 24 Hours of Dubai in January, I really feel this is going to be a big year for him this season. He’s faster than ever, and is the perfect partner for someone new like Sean.”