Norco sponsored driver, Ryan Sharp has signed with Austrian team, Jetalliance Racing, to contest the 2007 FIA GT Championship driving an Aston Martin DBR9. Norco have been the main sponsors of Ryan, alongside James Keiller Estates Limited, since 2000.
Ryan joins the championship after an excellent season in the WTCC in 2006, where he raced as an independent with the JAS Motorsport team. He was the first independent driver to score an overall podium finish in 2006, and finished 4th in the Yokahama Independents Trophy, despite missing the last 3 rounds.
The Jetalliance team is still in its infancy, having been formed for the start of the 2006 season. Nevertheless, the team has achieved good results from the 3 races so far this season, finishing 9th in the first race, and 4th in the next two (including the RAC Tourist Trophy at Silverstone). Ryans team-mate in the #33 Aston Martin DBR9 is former F1 driver, Karl Wendlinger “ who worked his way up the 06ior racing ladder alongside Michael Schumacher, and raced with Schumacher in the World Sportscar Championship.
Norco plan to organize another race day with Ryan later this year, after the hugely successful high octane 2-seater racing at Knockhill in 2004.