Lyons to British GT with AF Corse
February 26, 2014 by Tony Gregory
Ex Japanese Super Formula and Super GT Champion Richard Lyons will be seen racing on UK race circuits again after being announced in AF Corse’s British GT squad for 2014. The Northern Irish driver will be joining John Dhillon, Aaron Scott and Pasin Lathouras at the wheel of the squads two AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia. Dhillon and Scott start as the experienced most experienced pairing after competed for AF Corse in 2013, giving powerful performances throughout the very hard-fought season. Lyons has been teamed up with the 20-year-old Thai racer and Ferrari Challenge Asia graduate Pasin Lathouras, both making their debut. All four drivers will race the whole British GT Championship and at Spa and Silverstone, AF Corse will line up a third 458 with Charlie Hollings and Jacques Duyver. Lyons will have a busy year ahead as he will be continuing his long team relationship with Audi Sport team Hitotsuyama Racing and will see Lyons competing in the Japanese Super GT Championship at the wheel of an Audi R8. The 34-year-old, who is also a V8 Supercars race winner and former Team Ireland A1GP driver, has not raced in the UK full-time since finishing second in the 1999 Formula Palmer Audi championship. Lyons team-mate Lathouras commented “I’m very happy to have been chosen by AF Corse to race in the British GT Championship this year. To continue with this top international team after my races in Asia with them last year is great. This is the career break I have dreamed of for so long, to come to Europe where all the best sports car drivers in the world race. I’m delighted that Richard Lyons will be my team mate, he’s very experienced, fast, reliable and a proven winner, I hope to be able to learn a lot from him and I hope to contribute to the partnership. But also, realistically, I now have a huge opportunity, a fast team, a fast car and a fast team-mate, so now I have to work harder than I have ever done to deliver and pay back the faith that so many people have placed in me, especially also my sponsors and many Thai people who have helped and encouraged me so far in my career. I hardly need to say I’m motivated and excited and looking forward to the start of the season in April”. Lyons commented “I am extremely excited and honoured that I will be back racing in Britain for the prestigious British GT Championship with AF Corse. Most of the circuits I have raced on in the past with great results and look forwards to succeeding with the Ferrari 458 GT3. My team mate, Pasin Lathouras does not have experience racing on these circuits but has been very successful and super fast in the Asian series. I think we can have a great partnership with AF Corse and look forwards to the season ahead”. The 2014 season will visit six UK venues with one international event held at the Belgian circuit, Spa-Francorchamps. Ten races will be held with the first race of the British GT Championship being held at Oulton Park, with a double race on April 19th.