Reigning Blancpain GT Sprint Cup champion and 2018 Bathurst winner Stuart Leonard has joined the exclusive Drivers’ Club ahead of the inaugural season of the Electric Production Car Series (EPCS) presented by Electric GT Holdings Inc.
Leonard, who we interviewed recently (read here), is currently racing in the 2018 Blancpain GT Series with the WRT Belgian Audi Club Team. In his short career he has already experienced great success along with his Blancpain honours, chief amongst these being the Bathurst 12 Hour race earlier this season. This made him the first British driver to take overall honours at Mount Panorama.
The EPCS is the first FIA sanctioned, all-electric motorsport category from Electric GT Holdings Inc. The main EPCS race will see 20 international drivers, racing for 10 professional teams in identical all-electric, race-prepared Tesla Model S P100D machines, capable of 0-100kph in 2.1 secs and a top speed of 250kph. Rounds will consist of a 20-minute practice session, a 60-minute qualifying heat, a day race (60km) and a dusk race (60km). The current plan is for the season to commence at Jerez on November 3rd, with subsequent rounds expected to take place at the likes of Silverstone, Paul Ricard and Assen.
Leonard said: “The Electric GT series has tremendous potential and I am very excited to join the exclusive roster of talented drivers in the Drivers’ Club. I am in no doubt the series will deliver a huge amount of entertainment and excitement for motorsport fans from day one and I’m looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the race car soon. From what I hear, the performance is so impressive.”
Drivers’ Club members are expected to be in the frontline for seats when teams make their selections and one would expect someone of the calibre of Leonard to be snapped up. Other drivers of note already part of the club include high-flying Indy 500 Brit, Stefan Wilson, Dutch touring car ace Tom Coronel, DTM and Supercars stalwart Alex Premat and LMP1 driver Oliver Webb.
Mark Gemmell, CEO of Electric GT Holdings Inc said: “We are pleased to welcome Stuart to the Drivers’ Club ahead of our first round of the Electric Production Car Series. We’re proud that the championship continues to attract the attention of top level drivers and teams and we can’t wait to go racing in November.”
Stuart’s international GT experience is easily transferrable and he is tremendously adaptable to any new race machine. The Drivers’ Club will enable him to help develop this particular race series as well as his own personal career, while he already has experience of developing a string of GT cars. The Brit Pack team are excited to see recognition of Stuart’s talent and hope to see him behind the wheel of the Tesla soon.