RICHARD Abra is being realistic with his aims for the 2013 season as he prepares to take part in the British GT series in his new Aston Martin.
Competing for Barwell Motorsport, the racer from Downs Barn is getting to grips with the Vantage V12 GT3 which he hopes will propel him and team-mate Mark Poole up the standings.
But Abra, who won the Silverstone Britcar 24-hour race last year, is not coming into the new season completely unfamiliar with his new set of wheels.
Testing the Aston Martin at the end of last year, he was robbed of certain victory in the final round of the Britcar British Endurance Championship at Donington.
In attempting to avoid a spinning car in front, Poole was forced off the road, costing them the lead and the victory.
And the experience of the new car has filled Abra with confidence as he steps up to the prestigious British GT series this year.
He said: “For us, British GT has always been the aim of where we want to be, it’s been the goal for a while now.
“Everything we’ve raced in so far, we’ve won in, but we’re under no illusions about how big a step up this will be for us.
“There will be a lot to learn, everything from the tyres to the competition.
“Our aims for the year are realistic, if we can get on to the podium this year, given the competition, that would be great. As for winning, it would be a nice surprise, but let’s start with some top-tens!
“The championship is going from strength to strength and while there’s a lot of competition this year, I’m ready and excited to get started.”
And Team Principal Mark Lemmer is keen to get started with his new drivers.
He said: “We worked with Mark and Richard at the tail end of last year and they were unlucky to not come away with the win due to a racing incident.
“We see big potential in them and hope to enable both drivers to achieve their exciting goals in 2013 and beyond.”
The first round of the British GT series gets underway in April at Oulton Park.