Image: Ethan Hammerton prepares to drive the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport for the first time at Silverstone last year
Ethan Hammerton is the first of two drivers to be announced for the Graves Motorsport team in the Porsche Visit Cayman Islands Sprint Challenge GB for 2023 which, for the first time, will exclusively race on the British Touring Car Championship race weekends.
2023 will be the 22-year-old Northallerton-based drivers fifth successive season in motorsports premier motorsport race event package. Previously Hammerton was vice champion in two junior car racing series before winning the Team HARD. Scholarship leading to a drive in the BTCC at just 17. He then joined the BTCC package full time in the Renault UK Clio Cup securing podiums and wins throughout the season as well as honours in the Spa Francorchamps 24hr Fun Cup race. In 2020 Ethan completed three rounds of the MINI Challenge UK JCW followed by a further two rounds in the BTCC in a Trade Price Cars Racing Audi S3. This was then followed by two more successful seasons in the MINI Challenge JCW winning more silverware along the way.
On joining Graves Motorsport and the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB Ethan said, “I am really looking forward to racing in the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB, having done some test laps in 2022, I cant wait to get out in the car that I will be racing during 2023. This will be my first season in a rear-wheel-drive car so more learning but I’m looking forward to the challenge and feel I have everything I need to have a successful season ahead.”
This was echoed by Graves Motorsport team manager David Graves, “I’m excited to have Ethan in the team for 2023, he is a well-known name in the TOCA Package and has a proven track record. I’m looking forward to working with Ethan and I’m confident that we will be getting good results from Round 1.”
Entering the Porsche Visit Cayman Islands Sprint Challenge GB’s most exciting season to date the anticipation for which drivers will line up alongside Ethan builds. All will be revealed at the series launch event at Silverstone on the 27th March before the season starts in earnest on the 22nd and 23rd April, this all-in support of the BTCC, Live on ITV4 and infront of up to 40,000 people per event. Ethan will no doubt be looking forward to his local round of the series at Croft on the 29th and 30th July.