Mercedes back to British GT with Mowle, Buurman

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Lee Mowle will return the Mercedes brand to the British GT3 Championship grid this year as part of a programme with new team ERC Sport, and has signed AMG factory driver Yelmer Buurman as his team-mate.

Mowle’s Mercedes AMG GT3 will be back for a full season this term, having only done a part campaign around the Michelin Le Mans Cup last season.

The car will now be run by new team ERC, which is headed up by former Trackspeed and Triple Eight engineer Keith Cheetham.

Dutchman Buurman, 30, will make his British GT debut as part of the deal. He has single-seater experience in GP2, Formula Renault 3.5 and Superleague Formula before landing a factory role with AMG.

“I’ve raced with Keith for years, so when I found out he was setting up his own team for this year it made a lot of sense,” Mowle told Motorsport News.

“When I was looking at what to race this year I looked at Europe, but then when you see the stellar grid British GT is attracting for this year it makes you think, what’s the point in spending the extra money on Europe? The calibre of drivers this season is higher than it’s ever been and if you win you’re beating the best in the game.

Mowle will return his Mercedes AMG GT3 to the grid. Pic: Jakob Ebrey

“I only wanted to come back with a properly quick factory driver alongside me, so Yelmer is a great addition. We’ve had a few test days together already and he’s great to work with so I think it’ll be an exciting season.”

Mowle has raced in British GT since 2012, with his best championship finish being third overall alongside Joe Osborne in a Triple Eight-run BMW Z4 GT3 in 2015.

ERC taking over the running of Mowle’s Mercedes ends the team’s spell in British GT. Shaun Hollamby’s team had been a fixture since 2015, but will now cease its GT programme to instead focus on its expanded British Touring Car Championship commitment running two Audi S3s and the twin MG6 machines.

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