British GT perennials Academy Motorsport are looking to continue their run of improvement in the championship by running a two car campaign in 2023. The outfit, who have been in contention for the championship for the past two years, will campaign a brace of Ford Mustang GT4 entries in the Intelligent Money backed series.
Erik Evans will partner the Matt Cowley in the first car. The 19 year old American racer impressed on his championship debut at the 2022 Donington Decider.
Evans told British GT, “As an American driver, debuting at the Donington Park race this past October was a fantastic experience. Racing with the two different classes, managing traffic, driver changes, and feeling the passion and support of the UK motorsport fans was awesome. I had several boxes that I wanted to check off to make a solid run at Donington, but now I can take some of those restrictions off, and with Matt, get on with focusing on the business at hand.
“Driving the Multimatic Ford Mustang GT4 with Academy Motorsport and having the full engineering support of Multimatic on-site was incredible, especially as we look forward to this year. Matt [Nicoll-Jones] and the entire Academy Motorsport team have been awesome, and especially when navigating the logistics and communication across five time zones.”
The second car will be driven by the experienced crew of Will Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones. The duo shared the Aston Martin V8 Vantage previously run by Academy before their tie up with Multimatic and switch to the Ford Mustang GT4.
Nicoll-Jones said: “I’m thrilled to have two cars confirmed for this season; it’s been a long time coming and a great deal of hard work has gone into this.
“It’s also great to welcome Matt Cowley back to the team once again. He has been with us since 2019 and has gone from strength to strength each year.
“Erik Evans is a superb addition to the team. He proved himself during his British GT Championship debut during the final round of last season at Donington Park, and we can’t wait to see what he does this year. Together, Matt and Erik create a strong driver pairing.
“And welcoming Will Moore back to the team for a full season is brilliant. He is very much part of the furniture here at Academy Motorsport, and after thinking he would have to retire last year, we’re pleased to see him back where he belongs. I’m also looking forward to getting back behind the wheel myself. It’s certainly going to be a very exciting year ahead.”
We should see at least one of the two cars at the Media Day test which takes place on 14th March 2023 at Donington Park.