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Christie Sponsors Sandy Mitchell, Youngest Ever UK GT Winner
UK – Christie is sponsoring Sandy Mitchell, the youngest-ever race winner in the British GT Championship, who has just been confirmed as a driver in the Black Bull Garage 59 team for 2017 with McLaren GT. Starting the 2016 season at just 15 years old, Sandy was the youngest driver ever to compete in British GT and, within the season, went on to become the championship’s youngest race winner. Now 17, Sandy notched up a series of impressive firsts last season, being named British GT Rookie of the Year, plus winning the Sunoco Fastest GT4 Driver of the Year Award and British GT4 Fastest Lap Award at Donington. He also received the Ecurie Ecosse Le Mans Hub Cap, awarded by the Scottish Motor Racing Club (SMRC) to the most promising young driver of the year.
“Sandy’s list of achievements makes you breathless just reading them,” said Dale Miller, executive vice president, global sales at Christie. “We are full of admiration not only for his obvious talent but dedication and focus. Christie actively fosters and supports talent within the company in many ways; in the UK we have partnerships with university departments, The National Film and Theatre School and, globally, we offer many young people internships and it’s a core value to train and promote from within. We wish to extend every support to Sandy.”
The Christie logo features in the distinctive new livery. Christie joins McLaren Glasgow in sponsoring upcoming young talent. Sandy welcomed Christie as a new sponsor following the confirmation of his return with team-mate Ciaran Haggerty for the new season. Both drivers carry the prestigious SMRC. Rising Star status and have extensive experience with both the car and the tracks following their involvement in the McLaren GT development testing programme last season.
Bas Leinders, team manager, Black Bull Garage 59, commented: “We are delighted to have Sandy and Ciaran back for 2017. We're looking to hit the ground running and build upon the successes they had last year. With the experience running with the McLaren 570S GT4 in 2016, we are in a strong position going into the new season, and hope to be challenging for podiums and race wins again in 2017.”
Christie’s Dale Miller anticipates the 2017 racing season adding: “As a engineering company ourselves, we have huge respect for McLaren’s expertise and precision, often looking to take fractions off lap times by engineering excellence combined with the driver. With Sandy at the wheel, the race is a treat to behold and we look forward to many weekends with our partners, customers and colleagues enjoying the buzz of first class motor sport. We wish the Sandy, Ciaran and the McLaren teams every success.”
The Christie logo features on the bonnet of the distinctive new livery for the new season and the team is set to complete an extensive testing programme prior to the season commencing in April. The opening round of the British GT Championship returns to Oulton Park for 2017, over Easter Bank Holiday weekend 15th – 17th April. Having started karting when he was aged nine, in his first year Sandy went on to win the NSKC Honda Cadet Championship at Golspie He also finished third in the Scottish “A” Plate Championship and then went on to finish fourth in the Scottish “S” Plate Championship with some great club wins., collecting many other club trophies on the way, all in his first year.
Sandy graduated to the Super One Honda Cadet Championship attending circuits south of the border for the very first time racing with Project One Racing. He went on to finish an impressive sixth overall with a win and a third at Shenington, setting the lap record at the same time. Sandy was once more the Scottish “S” Plate Champion and also the Scottish “A” Plate Vice Champion. Sandy went onto become the British Open Champion and following on from that he went on to become British Junior Rotax Karting Champion. In his debut season in British GT last year, Sandy's record included British GT4 third.
Sandy’s achievements include:
- British GT Silver/Silver Runners up
- British GT Race Winner at Donington and Snetterton
- British GT4 Lap Record for Spa-Francorchamp
- British GT4 Pole Position at Spa Francorchamps
- British GT4 Pole Position at Silverstone
- British Open Champion
- British Junior Rotax Karting Champion
5th April 2017
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