Returning Carroll craving a slice of GT Cup glory
Adam Carroll returns to the track this weekend after an 18-month break in which he has traded racing for the restaurant business.
Along with his wife Claire, he is now the proprietor of a café and pizzeria at the trendy Linen Green in Moygashel but the urge to race has never left the former A1 Grand Prix champion from Portadown.
So this weekend he is back behind the wheel, taking part in the GT Cup for the FF Corse Ferrari team at Donington as a prelude to further appearances in the Ferrari Challenge Europe starting at the Red Bull Ring in Austria next month.
Since his ill-starred period with Jaguar in the all-electric Formula E series, Carroll has turned his attention to establishing his restaurant.
"We've been working flat out, 80-hour weeks, getting it up and running and it is starting to do well," he explained.
But when the call came to pull on his racing gear again, he couldn't resist.
"Yes, I'm excited to be back, and with FF Corse too, a team I've achieved success with in the past in British GT," he said. "Even more so at a time when they've strengthened in all areas and are putting the building blocks in place to compete internationally in GT racing in the near future."
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Carroll will share the Ferrari 488 with amateur racer Laki Christoforou and although the car will be run by Silverstone-based FF Corse it is entered by Ferrari Budapest.
"When you look at some of the people involved in this programme, you can see how serious they are about it. I'm aiming to be at the sharp end in the GT Cup and to help Laki ease into modern GT machinery as quickly as possible," said Carroll.
"The Ferrari Challenge is completely new for me and I'm sure we'll find the competition tough in Austria but we should be able to run competitively."
While Carroll begins his comeback at Donington, fellow Ulstermen Wayne Boyd, Steven Kane, Andrew Watson and Charlie Eastwood will all be in action too this weekend in the south of France and Italy.
Boyd will be on share a United Autosports LMP3 Ligier prototype with American Garret Grist and Brazilian Tommy Erdos for the start of the European Le Mans Championship at the Paul Richard circuit.
It will be the start of former Formula Ford champion Boyd's fourth season with the Anglo-American UA team and he goes into it on the back of a win in the Asian series.
Kane leads the Bentley team of Jordan Pepper and Jules Gounon into the Blancpain European GT3 endurance series at Monza where he is joined on the grid by the Aston Martins of Watson and Eastwood who have both been selected as official Junior drivers by the British manufacturer.
Watson teams up with Come Ledogar and former Le Mans winner Jonny Adam in the Garage 59 team and Eastwood shares an TF Sports Vantage with Salah Yoluc and Amad Al Harthy for Oman Racing.