RJN Motorsport To Campaign Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 In 2018 British GT Championship (08.03.18)

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RJN Motorsport, who currently oversee the two UltaTek Racing Nissan 370Z GT4s in the British GT Championship, has announced that it will campaign a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2018.

RJN Motorsport has significant experience with the car, having run the Nissan GT3 programme in the Blancpain GT Series.

Devon Modell and Struan Moore will be driving the #24 entry. Moore was part of RJN’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup squad in 2017 but also drove the team’s Nissan 370Z GT4 at the Silverstone round of the British GT Championship.

Devon Modell returns to the British GT Championship after a four-year gap since he finished runner-up in the GT4 class in 2014 with Andrew Jarman in the TF Sport Aston Martin GT4 Challenge entry. Modell enjoyed a busy season in 2017, racing in the Asian Le Mans Series with Wineurasia, the Lamborghini Suoer Trofeo Middle East with FFF Racing Team by ACM, the Blancpain GT Series Asia with Craft Bamboo Racing in its Porsche 911 GT3 R and two rounds of the Henderson Insurance Racing Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship with Speedworks Motorsport.

Modell is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“For me, the British GT Championship is unfinished business,” said Modell. “I’m really excited to be back in the series and I can safely say I am looking forward to getting the maximum out of this package having seen it in action recently testing at Snetterton.”

Team Principal Bob Neville is confident the #24 entry will surprise the established front-running teams.

“We’re delighted to welcome Devon to the team,” he said. “While we know the competition will be tough, we have a strong partnership here with our drivers and we’re confident that we’ll be competitive.

The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton ark on March 31 – April 2.

Track-Club To Contest 2018 British GT Championship With Barnicoat And Balon (06.03.18)

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Kimbolton-based Track-Club has announced that it will enter a second season in the British GT Championship with Ben Barnicoat pairing with Adam Balon in the team’s McLaren 570S GT4.

21 year-old McLaren Academy Driver Barnicoat drove for Strakka Racing in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, driving its McLaren 650S GT3 to 29th place in the standings. He also drove for K-Pax Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge, again  in a 650S GT3.

Adam Balon returns to Track-Club after driving alongside Adam Mackay in the 2017 Britsh GT Championship, finishing fourth in the class standings.

Barnicoat is looking forward to the season although admits he is not familiar with his new team-mate or the championship.

“This will be an interesting challenge as it’s my first British championship since karting in 2012 which is pretty surreal,” said Barnicoat. “I do know the majority of tracks on the calendar as I’ve done testing work in either GTs or single-seaters.  Ironically about the only track I dont know is Donington; even though it’s my local track all I’ve done these is one BMW race to get a license upgrade!”

“I don’t know too much about Adam or about British GT. I’ve been mates with Seb Morris since we were team-mates in single-seaters back in 2014 so I talk to him to see how he’s getting on and I know Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton too and saw what they did last year, but that’s about it.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2 with the season-launching Media Day to be held at Donington Park on Thursday March 8

Team HARD British GT Championship Driver Ben Wallace To Carry StudentMotorsport.com Logo In 2018 Championship (05.03.18)

 Ben Wallace, who will be driving one of two Team HARD-entered Ginetta G55 GT4s in the 2018 British GT Championship, will be wearing the StudentMotorsport.com logo on his race-suit. The popular green-and-grey will also be featured on Ben’s car.

Ben Wallace enjoyed a busy season in 2017, competing in the VW Racing Cup and the VAG Trophy, where he finished third. He contested three rounds of the British GT Championship where, along with co-driver Adam Hatfield, he finished tenth in the GT4 class at Brands Hatch, driving the #36 Autoaid / RCIB Insurance Racing Ginetta G55 GT4 in Round Nine of the 2017 British Championship.

 “For somebody who’s starting out in their motorsport career, StudentMotorsport.com is a great website to provide help and as a forum to ask any questions,” said Ben Wallace. “It’s a good guide where professionals, or people who are currently studying, can offer information and share their knowledge.”

“I am proud to be carrying the StudentMotorsport.Com logo on my race-suit and my Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4”

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StudentMotorsport.Com Founder, JP Latham, said “We are delighted that Ben Wallace is supporting StudentMotorsport.com in 2018 by carrying our logo. Ben is a shining example of a young driver who has worked hard, listened to feedback, taken advantage of opportunities offered and who will now be competing in the premier National GT competition, the British GT Championship.”


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“Ben’s contribution to StudentMotorsport.com has been invaluable and I would encourage all aspiring motorsport professionals, and anybody with experience in the industry, to get involved with our community.”

“I Want To Gain As Much Experience As I Can And Finish In The Top Five” – Team HARD’s Ben Wallace Talks British GT Championship And StudentMotorsport.com With EnduranceandGT.co.uk (18.03.05).

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Team HARD has announced that ex-VAG Trophy driver Ben Wallace will contest a full season in the 2018 British GT Championship alongside young German driver Nick Worm who, in 2017, competed in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.

Ben Wallace spoke to EnduranceandGT,co.uk about the VAG Trophy, the forthcoming British GT Championship season and his involvement with StudentMotorsport.com

2017 was a very busy year. What were the highlights for you, Ben?

“Well, certainly Brands Hatch where I had to race in the VAG Trophy and the British GT Championship. As much as it was a highlight, it was also a bit of a task going from front-wheel drive and then quickly jumping over to rear-wheel drive. Not many people have done that on the same weekend so that was a bit of a highlight. it was successful as well!”

“Spa in British GT Championship was a highlight. I made my Championship debut there and my race result was tenth which, as it was a very strong grid, I was really happy with.”

“I missed out on the VAG Trophy due to a few crashes but it was a highlight because I got a race win at Snetterton and I got a couple of podiums. All round 2017 was a good year for me.”

What were the learning points that you took away from the season?

“For 2018 the main learning point is trying to keep my nose clean. I’ve developed being more aware and thinking ahead now but I’ve learned over this past year that it’s not all won in the first corner. You also have to keep the car in a shape where it’s still drivable for the next driver. That was definitely something for me to learn driving in British GT.”

How did the 2017 British GT drives come about?

“Tony (Gilham – Team Principal) gave me the opportunities and I took them because that was what I want to continue working on. Team HARD has helped me to develop me tremendously as a driver and the fantastic opportunity to drive in Spa was recognition of the effort I had put in.”

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Going to Spa to drive the Ginetta G55 GT4 must have been quite a moment for you, wasn’t it?

“That track is unreal. I’d been there the previous year with the Golfs and I’d made my debut with the Golfs there the year before. So I’ve only been there twice but this time going there with the GTs was an unreal feeling. You can’t even describe the feeling.”

“Going up Eau Rouge and out to the back of the track you do really need courage. It’s a great track and I really do enjoy it every time I go there.”

You clearly enjoy a great relationship with Team HARD. How has that developed?

“Team HARD is quite a family team and I like the family atmosphere. It’s very welcoming. They also took the time, especially Tony, to help me at certain points with my driving that I’ve worked on so that obviously really attracted me.

“Hopefully I can carry on with them as it is an amazing team to be around.”

You’ll be driving the Ginetta G55 GT4 in the 2018 British GT Championship. What does the Ginetta offer you when competing against newer machinery such as the McLaren 570S and BMW M4 as you’re going to be this year?

“The Ginetta doesn’t have as much power but it’s a very well-balanced and forgiving car. It tells you what it wants you to do and it tells you how it responds to certain things. it’s so well-balanced that it forgives you for minor mistakes.”

“There’s also so much natural grip in the car, especially in the wet, that the car is always able to compete with the likes of the BMWs, Aston Martins and the McLarens. I think it will still be a very competitive car this year. We’ll see in the first round!”

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Now that you will have a driving partner for the season, will you need to adapt how you approach your set-up requirements, do you think?

 “Yes, you will have to find a balance because not every driver drives the same or likes the same set-up in the car so you need to find a middle ground that still feels comfortable for both drivers. However, I don’t think it will be that hard. You always need to adapt and learn, especially in the endurance categories, to get the best out of the opportunity.”

You’re a contributor to StudentMotorsport.com. How did that come about?

“JP Latham (Founder of StudenMotorsport.com) was my mechanic for the Ginetta Juniors at Brands Hatch. I spoke to him again at Autosport and he asked me to contribute to the site which I was very happy to do as, being a student myself, it was an opportunity to give back.”

And I understand you’ll be carrying the StudentMotorsport.com logo in 2018 on your race suit.

“I’ll be carrying it on my race-suit and on the car as well.”

What advice would you give to an aspiring motorsport professional about getting involved with StudentMotorsport.com?

“For somebody who’s starting out in their motorsport career, StudentMotorsport.com is a great website to provide help and as a forum to ask any questions. It’s a good guide where professionals or people who are currently studying, can give them a tips and share their knowledge.”

Studying motorsport at college or university is a relatively new development. What advantages is your education going to provide you with as a driver as you move forward, do you think?

“It gives you more insight into the car. When you understand how the car is working, the more you can tell your mechanics or engineer how to set up the car. You’ll understand more about the car and understand better how to drive the car more appropriately.”

In the past you’ve said that that BTCC was a career goal for you but with the British GT Championship this year, are you starting to think that maybe GT and endurance racing offers more attractive long-term career options than sprint racing?

“The British GT Championship will offer a strong grid this year. The whole endurance category is going to become more popular and stronger so at the moment it looks more attractive. After my first outing in the Ginetta at Spa I fell in love with the whole concept. The advantages for a driver is that you get a massive amount of seat-time. I think, for the long-term, it’s where I want to go.”

“In endurance and GT racing you’re more likely to travel the world and be approached by amateur drivers who want a pro to drive with. It’s a more appealing category.”

What goals have you set for yourself for the forthcoming season?

“That’s a good question. I really want to gain as much experience as I can do, obviously, to do well. I don’t want to sound too arrogant but I hope to be somewhere in the top 5 or top 10. It’s always difficult to say and we’ll have to see where we are, pace-wise, after the first race.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.




Team HARD Confirms 2018 British GT Driver Line-Ups (05.03.18)

Rochester-based Team HARD, led by ex-BTCC racer Tony Gilham, has  confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 British GT Championship after previously announcing it would campaign two 2017-spec Ginetta G55 GT4s for the season.

The team will field a Silver and a Pro-Am, pairing with the intention of going for both titles in the GT4 class.

In the #88 car ex-VAG Trophy driver Ben Wallace will partner with the young German driver Nick Worm in the Silver pairing. Wallace finished third in the 2017 VAG Trophy and has had experience in the Ginetta when he contested three rounds of the British GT Championship in the latter half of last season. Nick Worm will be making his debut with both Team HARD and in GT racing in 2018 after contesting the 2017 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.

In the #34 car Anna Walewska, previously with Century Motorsport for the past two seasons, will partner with Team HARD young development driver Callum Hawkins-Row. Walewska finished third in the GT4 drivers standings in 2016 but struggled to replicate that pace in 2017. Hawkins-Roe has a years’ experience in the Ginetta G55 GT4, having contested the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship alongside Angus Dudley, finishing third in the GT4 class and fifth overall, beating many of the GT3 class entries in the process.

After a frustrating 2017 in the British GT Championship, Team Principal Tony Gilham is looking forward to a strong showing this season.

“we’re very excited about this season,” said Gilham. “We had a great debut in 2016 culminating in the team championship. 2017 wasn’t the best year for us so we’re looking to come back this year with a very strong line-up.  We’ve got what we consider to be both strong Silver and Pro-Am pairings so we’re going to go for both titles.”

Ben Wallace is looking forward to the opportunities that a full season in the premier national GT series will offer him.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to the new season,” said Wallace. “I’m going to learn as much as possible, keep my nose clean and hopefully get some good results out of it. I haven’t had too much experience working with Nick (Worm) but I have high hopes that we’ll have some good results”

Nick Worm is also excited about his move into GT racing.

“The British GT Championship is a very prominent series with a lot of strong competitors and and enthusiastic fans so it made my decision to join Team HARD, in the end, quite easy,” said the young German, who was also considering a season in the Audi TT Cup at the start of 2017. “My objectives for the season are getting to know GT cars in general, to maximise points and get a high position in the championship.”

In the Pro-Am pairing Anna Walewska is aware of the strength of Team HARD and also the pace of her driving partner.

“I’ve raced against Team HARD in the British GT Championship so I know what they can do and I know that they can put a competitive car on the grid,” said Anna. “A bonus for me is my partner Callum Hawkins-Row, a driver who is pretty rapid. I want to be challenging for the front – that’s where the goal is set – and I don’t think it’s unreasonable with the pairing and the car we’re in this year. I will be carrying University of Bolton branding on the car but it will be re-branded as the National Centre of Motorsport Engineering so it’ll be quite exciting to launch NCME for the year.”

Team HARD development driver Callum Hawkins-Row is looking to continue the momentum he built in the 2017 Britcar Endurance Championship.

“As a pairing we are going to grow and are going to be very strong,” said Hawkins-Row. “Obviously we want our overall podiums along the way and we want to do the best we can in the overall Championship. but that Pro/Am title is calling us.

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.



British GT Championship GT4 Entry For Equipe Verschuur And McLaren 570S (28.02.18)

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Nijmegen, Holland-based Equipe Verschuur has announced that it will enter the 2018 British GT Championship with its McLaren 570S GT4 to be driven by Finlay Hutchison and Dan McKay.

The Dutch team joins Balfe Motorsport on the 2018 GT4 grid with a McLaren 570s, Shaun Balfe’s team having taken over the running of the Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson’s entry.

18 year-old Finlay Hutchison, who contested four rounds of the GT4 European Series Southern Cup with Equipe Verschuur in 2017, and who is entered for a second season in the McLaren 570S, is excited about his first full UK championship season.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in the UK as well as Europe this year.” said Hutchison. “It’s a great opportunity to be doing a double programme with all of the extra seat time it will give me. Dan has some good experience so it will be great to work with him. I’m sure we’ll be a strong pairing and we know Equipe Verschuur will deliver a competitive car.”

Dan McKay is equally positive about the prospect of racing with Hutchison and Equipe Verschuur, having already gained experience in the McLaren 570S GT4 in 2017 when he drove in the In2Racing entry at Brands Hatch alongside Will Goff.

“I can’t wait to get going with Finlay and Equipe Verschuur for this year’s racing,” said McKay. “I had a chance to sample a McLaren 570S GT4 last year and liked the overall feel of the car and could feel there was more potential; in there. With Finlay and Equipe Verschuur I feel we’ll be able to extract all of that to race right at the front of the increasingly competitive British GT4 Championship.”

The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.

"When you're racing, it's life. Anything that happens before or after is…. just waiting. " Steve McQueen – "Le Mans" – 1971