Oli Basey-Fisher will be hoping the dramatic upward curve in his fortunes on track will continue when he debuts in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship this season.
The Great Finborough-based race ace was enjoying a consistent season in the Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge last year without pulling up any trees.
However, a hat-trick of victories at Brands Hatch on the penultimate weekend of the event was followed by two podium finishes to take him to the title in dramatic style and subsequently into one of the country’s most prestigious championships.
“It’s really exciting,” said the 18-year-old, who will race for Ginetta in the GT4 class. “If we can win it, that would be fantastic.
“We are looking pretty strong at the moment — the team is good and the car should be quite quick because Ginetta are proven in GT4.”
The move will see Basey-Fisher — who harbours ambitions of moving up through the GT ranks to one day compete in the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race — share driving duties with mentor Matt Nicol-Jones this season.
“He took me to a championship last year and manages the team I’m competing in,” said Basey-Fisher, who is backed by Century Logistics and DCB Kent. “He’s someone I can learn from and hopefully I should get up to speed quite quickly.”
The teenager believes no one thing has been responsible for his sudden upturn in form over the past eight months, but the confidence is flowing and he is chasing a place in the top three of this year’s GT4 class.
“Everything has come together and we’ve clicked, which has been fantastic,” he said before looking to his future career plans. “From this point on, it’s going to be hard to decide what to do next — I need to make the most of this opportunity.
“This year is quite an important year and I really want to impress GT3 teams — they will be looking at the GT4 championships for young drivers coming through.”