Heathcote ready for GT4 Supercup debut
Heathcote ready for GT4 Supercup debut

Pluckley’s Nathan Heathcote is ready and raring to go for his Millers Oils GT4 Supercup debut next weekend at Brands Hatch.

Heathcote has made the switch from rallycross to circuit racing for the coming season and he is clearly relishing his new challenge.

Speaking to Kent Sports News, an excited Heathcote said: “My main reason for making the switch this season to circuit racing is that I feel that there isn’t much potential for me to get to a top level in rallycross until it goes electric.

Nathan was recently on track with his Century Motorsport team for the media and test day and it was a day that he learnt a lot from.

He added: “My first test day with Century Motorsport went great. I felt at home with the team from the start which made my decision to make the switch to circuit racing a lot easier.

“The test on media day went really well, it was great to be out on track with other competitors and see where all are time stack up against each other.”

The GT4 series is set to be one of the most competitive and Nathan knows he will be the underdog racing against some more experienced competitors.

“The Am class is going to be very competitive this year, from the media day the times were all very close. I will also be on the back foot as I have never raced many of the circuits on the calendar this season.”

With this new challenge we asked Nathan whether he would miss the rallycross challenges and racing.

He said: “I will definitely miss rallycross, I have had some great memories in the sport and still feel it’s the most fun you can have driving a car. It’s just unfortunate that I have come to a stage where I need to keep pushing on with my career in racing and have had to make the change.

“There are many skills I am sure I can use that I have learnt over the years from rallycross. Although it will be tricky to adjust from being aggressive in the car to smooth.”

We asked Nathan if he is setting himself for his first season in circuit racing and it is clear being part of the TOCA package is massive for him.

He added: “My target this season is to win the AM class and hopefully have a few battles towards the front of the grid.

“Being a part of the BTCC TOCA package will be great. It’s the best place for me to start in circuit racing and build up a following throughout the year.”