The calendar for 2016 has remained pretty much unchanged. Will you be excited to be starting the season at Brands Hatch?
Joe: I think Brands GP is the best track in the country so it’s a great place to start. The car is strong there as is Lee so should be perfect. I have unfinished business after leading so much of the race only to finish 2nd.
Lee: Brands GP is a fantastic circuit, the BMW loves its as does Joe and I so couldn’t think of a better way to start our 2016 campaign and hopefully we can go one better than last year.
You had a bit of a go in the Blancpain Endurance Series last year. Did you enjoy going out amongst the European teams with Triple Eight?
Lee: Yes and No if I am honest! its a massive step up and probably a step too far for someone of my experience but to have raced in the Spa 24 and at circuits like Monza; its what I started racing for so pleased I did it, I learnt a lot and I’m sure in a couple of years I’ll be back.
Joe: I love the Blancpain Endurance series. I think it’s the most competitive GT series in the world. I personally am back in 2016 with a new team and car. More info TBA.
After a few years driving together you must be used to each other’s bad habits in the garage. What’s the most irritating thing that your team-mate does during a race weekend?
Joe: Just one? Lee always has to have his princess cushion for when he drives which he leaves laying around. I also think he drinks my water but hard to prove because I’m in the car.
Lee: Joe loves a practical joke – these can get a little irritating!
There’s a very open feel around the British GT paddock. Do you speak to any of your rival competitors often?
Lee: There are some fantastic characters on the British GT grid and I like to think I get on with most if not all of them and in general I think we all have a lot of fun. The Championship for half of us at least is a bloody expensive hobby so if you’re not having fun why do it!
Joe: It’s a good atmosphere in the paddock. Racing is hard and fair so it makes it less awkward when you are stood at the urinal and a rival walks in next to you.
What was the funniest thing you saw during the last season?
Lee: There have been a few usually involving a hire car but I guess the egg ambush on the way to Paul Ricard or the water fight we had on the streets of Monza on the way back to our hotel have to be up there. In truth we really should know better.