Father and son duo return for third season with Abba squad


January 13, 2022

by Maciej Hamera

For the third season in succession, Richard and Sam Neary will be returning to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship at the wheel of their Mercedes-AMG GT3.

Driving for the family-run Abba team, the father and son twosome gave several impressive performances throughout the 2021 season, notably at Donington Park where they went from last to first on the opening lap.

The pair want to aim for regular podium finishes this season however they have outlined that they need to avoid the inconsistency that plagued their 2021 campaign.

“Last year I think our performances made a few people sit up and take notice of what a family team can achieve in British GT. We don’t have the time or budget to test as much as some of the other guys so it’s always really satisfying when we turn up on a race weekend and achieve good results," said Richard.

“We had a few too many peaks and troughs last year, which we need to iron out. But if we can do that and grab a win or two along the way then we can certainly aim for a top-three championship finish. That would be an incredible achievement for a team like Abba given how strong we’re expecting British GT3 to be this year.”

Being a GT3 novice in 2020, Sam has put in some very respectable performances, regularly battling against the works drivers.  However, the 19-year-old wants to keep his feet on the ground, even though he has been given opportunities outside the British GT championship. 

“Last year’s achievements opened a few doors for me outside of British GT. That was always the hope, I’m young and naturally have ambitions to race elsewhere, so it’s nice that our performances haven’t gone unnoticed. I’ll be at the Dubai 24 Hours this weekend and had opportunities to do the Spa 24 Hours as well as Indy 8 Hours, amongst others, last season." explained Sam.

“Equally, I can’t afford to take my eye off the ball closer to home. British GT is a big deal for us and definitely my priority this year. We’re no longer the underdogs in some respects – 2021’s results marked us out as race winners and regular podium contenders, which is absolutely the level we should be targeting each and every weekend.”

Image credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

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