2023 marks a new era for Bullitt Racing as it joins the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS, for what is just its second season of GT3 competition. The Spanish-based team will field the #33 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Jacob Riegel, Jeff Kingsley, and Romain Leroux making for an exciting young, all-Silver driver line-up.
Bullitt Racing joins the five-round Endurance Cup, which includes the 72-car CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa, off the back of a successful debut in GT3 last year in the Le Mans Cup and more recently the Asian Le Mans Series in the United Arab Emirates.
With multiple podium positions to its credit, the team is now preparing to compete against some of Europe’s biggest and most successful teams.
“This is a part of the long-term plan for Bullitt Racing,” stated Team Manager Steffan Pattrick. “We are under no illusions that it will be easy. We’re still a young team, growing, investing, and developing in terms of staff, knowledge, and equipment. To race against the best teams is an honour and something we take seriously.
“It will be our first season at this level, the aim is to put in strong performances and secure results that reflect the massive effort going into this programme. We can’t wait to get going!”
Jeff has a very strong background in karting, taking the Canadian National Championship twice before making the move to GT racing in 2017. Podiums followed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, ahead of the title in 2020.
His recent seasons have been in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the 24 Hours series and Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe (Silver) with GetSpeed Performance where he secured two top-ten finishes on his 2022 season debut.
Romain also comes from karting, before moving to F4 in France in 2020, winning at Zandvoort and securing further podiums at Paul Ricard and Magny-Cours. Victories followed in 2021 ahead of a move to ADAC GT4 Germany where he added five more podiums to his already impressive CV aboard the Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
Jacob, meanwhile, is already well known to the team, having made his GT3 debut with Bullitt Racing in the recent Asian Le Mans Series. His pace and application have already been impressive and with Jeff and Romain, make for an exciting driver line-up.
The series gets underway at Monza later this month, takes in the biggest GT race in Europe in the 24 Hours of Spa, and concludes late September in Barcelona.
“I am very excited to be joining Bullitt Racing for the upcoming season in GT World Challenge Europe Endurance. Driving the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 car is going to be an absolute pleasure alongside my two new teammates. Having raced GTWCE last season, I look forward to building off the experiences I had, to achieve some podiums and solid results. The Aston Martin GT3 car is new to me, but I had the chance to get comfortable with the personnel and logistics of Aston Martin Racing at the Driver Academy in late March. It is an honour to drive for Bullitt Racing, and Aston Martin Racing, and to be a part of the Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy. Time to get things started.”
“I’m absolutely delighted to be part of Bullitt Racing again. After my GT3 debut in the Asian Le Mans Series, it is a fantastic opportunity to build from that experience in the Fanatec GT World Challenge endurance field. Being in familiar surrounding makes it a little bit easier for me. As a team, we had good laughs in the past and managed to keep the heads up even in difficult situations.
“I’m excited to see how we will perform, and it’ll be a tough challenge, but as a driver, this is what I love to do. The season highlight will be my first 24H race. It’s now all about the best possible preparation for the upcoming season, but I’m already training harder than ever before!”
“I’m happy to be joining Bullitt Racing for the GT World Endurance Championship programme, as I have followed the team since they started racing the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 last year and have heard many positive things from various sources. This gives me a lot of confidence in joining the team for the coming season and I’m looking forward to working with Jeff and Jacob, they are fast guys and also very nice to work with.
“It makes for a strong trio heading into the season but of course, we’re all aware that GT World Challenge is very competitive, and we’re aware that it will be tough. We’ll aim for good results and try to stay consistent, and we’ll see what happens.”