Unofficially announced a few weeks ago by rumors in the media, Floridian Jason Bell can finally confirm his participation in the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) program with M1 GT Racing. Piloting a brand new Audi R8 GT4 machine, Bell is set to compete in the GT division with a professional racing program in the quest for race wins, podiums and ultimately, the end of the year championship.
“I am finally able to confirm that 2018 will see me back with the boys from M1 GT Racing and behind the wheel of a brand new R8 GT4 machine,” explained Bell. “The Pirelli World Challenge program is where I want to be and M1 GT Racing is one of the most professional and experienced teams in the paddock. I am looking forward to testing and the start of the season in St. Petersburg.”
Competing in the GTA and SprintX programs in 2017 with M1 GT Racing, Bell, a multi-time podium winner in PWC competition, will shift his focus for the 2018 season. Resigning with the professional M1 GT Racing program for the upcoming year, Bell has the determination and the support to succeed.
Bell continued, “There is a lot of changes for me since the end of 2017 but the constants remain the M1 GT squad and the Audi brand. Familiarity brings success and I am confident that I am with the best program in the paddock. Our car is set to arrive in early January and we are looking to do a shakedown during the middle of the month before an intense test program gets underway.”
“We are delighted to have Jason back in our program,” explained Remi Lanteigne, Technical Director and Team Manager for M1 GT Racing. “He proved his speed in 2017 and is very motivated for the upcoming season. He brings experience to the table and is surrounded by a wealth of knowledge. He knows the PWC program well and will be a threat each and every race weekend. Welcome back to the team Jason!”
Receiving support from Wells Fargo Bank, MotorSports by Reeves, Gridsport and Highway Systems Incorporated, Bell will do an official car launch in March with a very unique announcement that should get fans and fellow competitors revved up for the upcoming season.
For more information on Jason Bell please visit him online at www.JasonBellRacing.com or follow him on his social media channels: Twitter @JasonBellGTS2 and Instagram via @JasonBellGTS. For more information on M1 GT Racing, please visit them online at their website, www.M1GTRacing.com.
Photos by: Chris Green Photography/Audi Sport
August 8, 2017 – Entering another Pirelli World Challenge Sprint X GTS event, defending series champions M1 GT Racing announce that drivers James Dayson and Jason Bell will co-pilot the M1 GT Audi R8 LMS this coming weekend in Utah. Taking place at the 24-turn, 3.048 mile Utah Motorsports Campus, Dayson and Bell will look to utilize their speed and experience to take them to the top step of the podium. “I am excited to get back to the track and have James and Jason behind the wheel,” explains M1 GT Racing’s Remi Lanteigne. “We have taken a brief hiatus but are happy to be back. Both drivers have loads of experience and should be a threat for the Sprint X GTS Am/Am race win.” After several years of sports car racing and Pirelli World Challenge experience, Jason Bell brings his talents to the M1 GT Racing squad. “I'm extremely excited to have this opportunity to race with such a great team in an awesome machine like the Audi R8 LMS,” expresses Bell. “Racing in this class and it being the top of sports car racing ladder in North America, is going to be great experience for me and I can not wait to get started. I am also happy to announce that I will be part of the M1 GT Racing family at the Circuit of the Americas in September and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October.” Competing in multiple classes over the course of the weekend, Bell will not be limited on track time. “I will have a lot of seat time in Utah as I will also be competing in the GTS and GT divisions so I will have track knowledge and information on changing conditions that should help M1 GT Racing, James and myself. I look forward to partnering with such a great group of people and will be shooting to bring home some hardware in the Sprint X GTS Amateur class.” James Dayson also showed his excitement about being back behind the wheel of an M1 GT Racing prepared Audi. "After the long summer break I'm pumped to get back at it in Sprint X. I've kept myself busy racing other series including IMSA and ELMS but I'm anxiously awaiting having our 2016 Audi R8 back on the track. We haven't had her since April and I can't wait. I'm excited to have Jason Bell join me for the rest of the season. It's going to be good for us knowing that we can build some synergy to close the 2017 season.” With a promoter’s test day planned for Thursday and official practice slated for Friday, qualifying for will take place Saturday morning before wheel-to-wheel action commences Saturday afternoon for race one and Sunday afternoon for race two. While M1 GT Racing has supporters for their racing endeavors, both James Dayson and Jason Bell bring personal marketing partners to the program. Supporting Bell at all three of his planned events include Continental Benefits, GridSport and M1 GT Racing while Dayson will fly the flag of Kilauea Investments, Elite Performance and Music Heals. M1 GT Racing would also like to thank all of their 2017 partners and supporters. A special thank you to Audi Sport customer racing, Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery, Surgery Centers of America and Spyder Active Sports Wear as well as High Park Brewery (www.highparkbrewery.com), and Vigurus Technologies (www.Vigurus.com) who provide team comfort and safety both in the car and crew environment. For more information on M1 GT Racing, please visit them online at their website, www.M1GTRacing.com and be sure to follow M1GTRacing on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/M1GTRacing), Twitter, Instagram and You Tube all at @M1GTRacing. To contact Remi Lanteigne please email to Remi@M1GTRacing.com. For marketing and media inquiries, please contact Media@M1GTRacing.com. For information on press releases or other media services offered by Race Tech Development, please contact Mike Maurini via e-mail at Info@RaceTechDevelopment.com or 317.270.8723. Race Tech Development can also be found on Twitter at @RaceTechDvlp as well as Facebook at their Race Tech Development Fan Page.
Photos: Chris Green Photography
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