Sky Tempesta Racing will return for a second season with Kevin Tse and Chris Froggatt in the GT3 category. The big change for the team this season comes in the form of a new car and a new service provider.
Garage 59 is the service provider who will run the car for the #93 crew. As you would expect from a Garage 59 run entry, the weapon of choice is a McLaren. Two new for 2023 McLaren 720S GT3 Evos will will make their debut with the second running in traditional Garage 59 blue for Alex West and factory pro Marvin Kerchhoefer.
The alliance between the two entries covers both the UK domestic GT racing series and the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Powered by AWS. Sky Tempesta Racing will continue to run their own Mercedes-AMG GT3 EVO in the Intercontinental GT Challenge. The coming together represents a marriage of former rivals; Sky Tempesta Racing and Garage 59 have both claimed recent Pro-Am titles in the European series.
Garage 59’s return to British GT has been six years in the making, the team’s last full time entry being in the GT4 class in 2017 where they ran the McLaren Driver Development Programme cars. In 2020 the team made a one off entry in GT3 for Alex West and last year they fought hard for the win at the blue riband Silverstone 500.
A combination of Alex West and Marvin Kerchhoefer will be one of the more potent combinations in the Pro-Am category in 2023.
“British GT is a new challenge for me,” Kerchhoefer told BritishGT.com. “It’s always exciting for a driver to get out on tracks that you are not familiar with and I will be doing a lot of that as I only know Silverstone and Brands Hatch.
“Alex has shown some very strong performances so I hope we can challenge for wins. I think we showed in the Silverstone 500 last year that we have the pace as we came very close to winning that race. I think we should have a good season!”
The Sky backed entry for Froggatt and Tse is a much more recognised feature in the British GT paddock after several rounds last year aboard the Mercedes-AMG (Pictured). Froggatt previously raced at the Silverstone 500 in 2020 where he was one half of the most popular entry on the grid; his co-driver was 2009 World Champion Jenson Button.
Tse claimed his maiden victory at Oulton Park in 2021.
“I am excited I can finally do a full season in the Intelligent Money British GT Championship, and I am delighted to be driving with Sky Tempesta,” he said, “I have known Chris for many years. We worked well last year with some success, so we will definitely be looking for multiple podiums this year.
“Overall, I am thrilled to be able to join the team for the whole season and looking forward to getting on track.”
Sky Tempesta Racing and Garage 59 will both start their campaigns at Oulton Park on Easter weekend, while we hope to see the cars break cover at Media Day in two weeks time.