After a brief but promising single-seater career, James Reveler has his sights set on breaking into GT racing in the near future.
Most recently, Reveler impressed during his single season in the 2015 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, but came into cars with a stellar club karting pedigree.
Having not come from a racing family, Reveler got his first taste of competition by chance when a golfing trip in Wales was rained o and he instead was given a go at a local indoor karting circuit in 2011. By the end of his first-ever on-track session he was just fractions o breaking the lap record, leading the staff to recommend that he looked into starting racing.
That led to him joining the Brentwood Karting Academy in late 2011, and within a year Reveler had landed three championship titles at the Essex track. He also took part in endurance races, alongside now-Ginetta GT4 racer and close friend Ben Green.
Keen to continue his club karting success, Reveler moved into Club 100 for the 2013 season and dominated its Sprint Championship, winning nine of the 16 races and recording 14-straight podium finishes.
By the end of the campaign Reveler had amassed the highest points total since the championship began back in 1992.
His next step was to tackle the Kent Kart Cup, which features races split between Buckmore Park and Bayford Meadows. Running in the Senior Rotax Max category with Project One, Reveler won the title at
his first attempt.
Reveler also completed an MSA Academy Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) Programme between 2013-14 at Loughborough College. He gained recognition in ‘14 by finishing runner-up in the annual MSA Racing Steps Foundation Young Driver of the Year Award.
With a multitude of club karting titles behind him, Reveler made the jump to cars as soon as he could, joining BRDC Formula 4 for 2015.
The year was an uphill struggle as he fought against a lack of resources running with one of the smaller teams on the grid.
“I learned a lot in F4 but it was a real fight,” he explains. “The team and I were both inexperienced and I was constantly working on set-up to change the car and find pace. It wasn’t simply a case of turning up and driving. I think we surprised a few people though as nobody expected us to be fighting within the top 10 like we did.”
Reveler constantly showed the speed to fight in the top half of the field, but finished the year 18th in the points. A second season promised much, but when plans to upscale the category to become the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship meant a hike in budget, a second year was no longer an achievable option.
“I felt I could have done a lot better with a second year and I had some good pace during testing with the F3 car, but the budget was just too much so last year my focus shi ed to thinking more long-term,” says Reveler.
His year was reduced to some testing and a single appearance in a multi-class BARC saloon car race at Silverstone aboard a Hyundai Coupe Cup car.
He won his class on the first outing.
“It was great to win on my first weekend in a tin-top as it shows that I can come into a di erent series and be on the pace,” he says.
“Going forward I want to break into British GT and GT4, so I’m working on
securing some rounds in that this year then building to a full campaign for 2018.”
GT Cup debut for James Reveler at Donington Park
20-year old James Reveler will make his GT Cup debut this weekend at Donington Park, racing with Amigo Motorsport and partnering Ian Goodchild in a Group GTA Ginetta G55.
“I’m excited to be back out on track racing again,” says Reveler. “After almost two years away, I’m keen to work with Rob Gaffney and Amigo Motorsport, and race alongside Ian Goodchild.
“I want to thank my sponsors for the opportunity to compete in the GT Cup and I'm looking forward to the weekend and what it might bring me in the future.”
James’ first car racing season was in 2015, in what was then called the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, after success in karting. He was also named runner-up in the Racing Steps Foundation MSA Young Driver of the Year award in 2013.
Amigo Motorsport fields two G55s in Group GTA, and had a good weekend at the last round at Snetterton, finishing second in Group with Mick Mercer and Gary Smith, while Darren Standing and Ian Goodchild were awarded Sunoco Driver(s) of the Weekend for their hard work and all-round team efforts.
“We are really pleased to have James in the car at Donington Park,” says Rob Gaffney, Managing Director of Amigo Motorsport. “He’s a talented young racer who is itching to get back on track, and the Ginetta G55 GT4 is an ideal car for him to climb into and continue building his experience away from single-seater racing.
“We run a number of drivers of all ages and backgrounds in our diverse activities and we can help James grow into GT racing.
As a former driver myself I know how challenging it can be sharing a car when you’re used to driving alone, but we have the experience and knowledge to make the transition seamless.
We’re a close-knit family at Amigo and we know James will feel right at home with us, and we can’t wait to get him in the car and out on track.”
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