Group GTO stalwarts Nigel Hudson and Adam Wilcox will return for the 2018 GT Cup season with JMH Automotive and the HUD Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3. The duo has linked up since Hudson’s racing debut in 2015 in an Audi R8 LMS, improving their performance every year.
While the pair have taken race victories together, Hudson worked hard to secure his first solo victory at Donington Park last September. For 2018 the West Sussex native is looking to win the title in what might be his final season of racing.
“You never say never about returning! Hopefully we are going to win it this year, but you don't know what will turn up to race, so we will be working hard for it,” said Hudson. “We moved from the Audi to the Aston at the beginning of last season and it was quite a big change, so it took longer to get used to. By the end of the season I got on top of the car, so we should start this season in a better place.”
Wilcox has had an impressive career which has taken him across the globe, racing in series as varied as Formula 3, Super GT, Ferrari Challenge, and British GT, where he won the GT Class Championship in 2004.
“Ever since Nigel started he’s got better and better and we’ve gone one better each year,” said Wilcox. “Hopefully this time he can take the title. We’ve been going through all the data and getting his driving up to speed: he literally gets faster each time we head out. He only started racing in 2016 – lots of drivers do other things before GT racing but he went straight into it and has done really well.”
Jason Hughes, owner of JMH Automotive is happy that Hudson and Wilcox are returning to a championship his team are enjoying being a part of. “Last year was a big learning curve for Nigel with a new car but he’s got to grips with it and we are entering to go for the Group GTO and Overall Championships,” said Hughes. “When he won his first race at Donington we had a few drinks that night! He was very pleased with it.
“We’ve been with GT Cup from the very first race at Snetterton in 2008 and been with it every season since. The whole ethos appeals to us: the hospitality, the set-up, MSVR organising it very well, it’s a two-day event, and the timetable is good – the whole thing is ideal for JMH and our customers. It’s a good structure.”
Hudson echoed Hughes’ comments: “I think the GT Cup format is really good and I enjoy it. I want to win more races this year even if we can’t win the championship and have some fun at the same time.”