Infinity driver Ricky Collard will take to Yas Marina Circuit this weekend (14th – 15th December) to contest the Gulf 12 Hours. Teaming up with R-Motorsports, the 22-year-old driver will make his debut in the team’s new Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT3.
Like many, Ricky began his career in karting, working his way up the ladder competing in various national and international karting championships, graduating to Ginetta Juniors in 2012, before switching to single-seater racing in 2014. Making a name for himself immediately, Ricky was crowned vice-champion in both the 2014 MSA Formula and 2015 British F3 Championships. He gained his first taste of endurance racing in 2016, when he competed in the 24 hours of Nurburgring and Abu Dhabi.
Looking to end the season on a high, the BMW Junior will join Jake Dennis and Marvin Kirchöfer as the series heads to the season finale, under the floodlit circuit. Held in two 6 hour segments, the race offers a fresh challenge for the Hampshire driver, with the first round taking place during daylight hours (9.00 am - 3.00 pm local) with the latter under the floodlights (5:45 – 11:45pm)
Commenting on his latest challenge:
“I’m looking forward to racing for Aston Martin team R-Motorsport in Abu Dhabi. R-Motorsport are a very professional, successful outfit in GT3 racing and have shown their class with a win in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone and three pole positions in a row. It’s a great honour to be joining them in Abu Dhabi and to be able to gain more valuable experience in endurance racing.”
Team Principal – Dr Florian Kamelger added:
“Ricky is a talented young GT driver. He has already shown in a number of endurance races that he is fast, can go the distance and be relied on to bring a car home up front. He is certainly an asset to our team and we’re looking forward to working with him in Abu Dhabi.”