Top sports car racing team HHC Motorsport has confirmed its first two drivers for its 2019 GT4 European Series campaign. Lewis Proctor and Patrik Matthiesen will share one of HHC’s two McLaren 570S GT4 cars in the ultra-competitive championship.
HHC, whose drivers were second in the 2018 GT4 European Series, returns to the championship after racing in British GT in 2019, finishing third in the Drivers’ Championship with its pair of McLaren 570S GT4s.
Lewis Proctor has raced in the British GT Championship for the last two seasons for Tolman Motorsport finishing fourth last season, and as part of the McLaren Driver Development Programme, is well-versed with the 570S GT4 as well as being highly regarded by McLaren Automotive. The Aberdeen-born racer, who gave up a career in IT in the oil and gas industry to pursue his long-term dream of racing at Le Mans, will be one of the fastest drivers in GT4 this season.
Ian Morgan, Director of Motorsport, McLaren Automotive, said: “It is great to be able to confirm that Lewis Proctor will join HHC Motorsport for the 2020 European GT4 season. This is an important and significant step in his development with his new position of McLaren Academy Driver. HHC Motorsport enjoyed a strong debut season with McLaren Customer Racing last year, winning with the 570S GT4 on debut at Oulton Park. The addition of Lewis to the team partnering Patrik Matthiesen is an exciting one. Lewis has shown significant pace and ability over the past two seasons with the 570S GT4 on the Driver Development Programme in British GT, and now moves up to his biggest challenge yet, competing across European circuits.”
Patrik Matthiesen rejoins HHC having last raced for the Yorkshire team in the 2018 British GT Championship in a Ginetta G55. The Danish driver, who began in the UK’s Ginetta Junior Championship in 2015, has single-seater experience from British F4 in 2016 and was the GT4 Champion in the Creventic 24 Hour Series in 2017. After his season in HHC’s Ginetta, Patrik raced for Optimum Motorsport in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in 2019, but makes his McLaren debut this season.
“I am looking forward to getting back to my old team of HHC Motorsport, and the people behind the team, especially because they have been a big part of my development as a racing driver,” said Patrik. “It will be my first year in a McLaren GT car and there will be much to learn, but I take that as a challenge and with HHC Motorsport I am in safe hands. Although 2020 will be my first year in this car, I am convinced that Lewis Proctor and I will be able to claim top results, especially in light of the test program HHC has put together for us.”
HHC Motorsport’s Charlie Kemp said: “I am very excited about 2020 already, and we still have a second driver line-up yet to announce. In Lewis and Patrik we have two young and fast drivers will allow us to challenge for success this season. In our first season as a McLaren Customer Racing team in 2019 we were instantly competitive and successful in British GT and, with a season of learning the car, we are confident of taking race wins and the GT4 European Series title in 2020. This is unfinished business for us as we were title fighters in 2018 so as we return to the European scene, we have all the ingredients for success.”
The GT4 European Series kicks off at Silverstone on May 8-10 and details of HHC’s second driver combination will be announced shortly.