A two-car squad of Lotus Evora GT4 cars is to be fielded in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship by a works-backed team, it was confirmed today. The machines will be entered under the Lotus Sport UK banner, and one of them will be raced by Porsche champion Ollie Jackson.

Motorsport group CM Consolidated, a recent investor in well-known paddock names such as Showtrax, Corbeau and Luke Harnesses, is behind the new team. Former BTCC and Le Mans racer Gary Ayles is to manage the squad.

CMC has signed a long-term agreement with Lotus Motorsport and will enjoy partner status with the Norfolk-based supercar manufacturer. In addition to the two-car assault on British GT, Lotus Sport UK hopes also to take part in some rounds of the FIA GT4 European Cup.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be working alongside Lotus Motorsport during an extraordinary period in its history,” said a CMC spokesman. “To be associated with such an iconic brand at this stage of its motorsport programme is just fantastic. We cannot wait to get our hands on the cars and to start testing.”

The team says that its driver line-up has yet to be finalised: “It will include the recently crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Pro Am 1 Champion Ollie Jackson. The pairings will feature the requisite combination of a quick professional alongside up and coming young talent or seasoned gentleman racers from around the world. Driver interest is high.”

The arrival of Lotus Sport UK on to the Avon Tyres British GT grid is welcomed by championship manager Benjamin Franassovicci: “This is great news for the series and particularly for the GT4 category – it marks a coming of age for the class, I believe, and I am sure that based on the current interest and the variety of cars looking at entering this season, that the racing will be very exciting.”