Ginetta Buys Blyton Park Driving Centre (23.03.17)

Blyton Park Driving Centre near Gainsborough has been acquired by Ginetta and the Leeds-based manufacturer plans to develop the facility to enhance the customer experience.

The Blyton Park Driving Centre is based at what was formally an airfield. First opened in 1942, RAF Blyton was initially used to train Polish aircrew learning to fly Wellington bombers. At the end of the war, the airfield was allocated to the US Airforce at which time the grass runways were laid with tarmac. The airfield closed in 1954 and was acquired by Managing Director Richard Usher in 2011.

Today the facility offers seven different circuit layouts, including a rallycross configuration, and offers track hire, testing facilities and motorsport experiences.

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Team Parker Racing Confirms Parfitt And Morris In Bentley Continental GT3 For 2017 British GT Championship. (20.03.17)

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Desford, Leicestershire-based Team Parker Racing has announced that its 2016 driver pairing of Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, who took the team to third place in both the GT3 Teams and Drivers Championships, will be back in the Bentley Continental GT3 for 2017.

The pair had a very successful debut season together in 2016 with a victory at Oulton Park, four pole positions and five podium finishes. They return for 2017 with a new sponsor and livery as part of an expanded two-car line-up that also features Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod.

21-year old Morris has his sights firmly set on the 2017 GT3 title.

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Win For Scuderia Praha Ferrari F488 GT3 In 24H SERIES Hankook 12H MUGELLO (19.03.17)

Photo Above: Scuderia Praha Racing

Czech Republic-based Scuderia Praha won the 24H SERIES Hankook 12H MUGELLO with a four-lap advantage over the second placed finishers IDEC SPORT RACING.

The #11 Ferrari F488 GT3 piloted by Jiri Pisarik, Josef Král and Matteo Malucelli took the chequered flag in the second period of the race after having completed 326 laps of the 5.25km circuit, maintaining the lead it had built at the end of the first period.

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In second place was the #17 IDEC SPORT RACING Mercedes AMG GT3 with the driver line-up of Patrice Lafargue, Paul Lafargue and Dimitri Engelbert. In third place was the #21 Konrad Motorsport Lamborghini Huracán GT3 with Franz Konrad, Marco Mapelli, Giorgio Maggi and Christopher Zöckling sharing the driving duties.

With thirty minutes to go, there had been drama when the then-third placed car, the #30 Ram Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 spun, handing its place to the #21 entry.

In the A6-Am class, it was Mercedes who took the honours with the class victory going to the #1 Hafor Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 driven by Michael Kroll, Chantal Kroll, Roland Eggimann, Kenneth Heyer and Christiaan Frankenhout. Second in the A6-Am class was the #963 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 entry of GRT Grasser Racing piloted by Mark Ineichen, Christoph Lenz, Roberto Pampanini and Milos Pavlovic.

Completing the prodium places in the A6-Am class was the #24 SPS Automotive Mercedes AMG GT3 driven by Alexandre Coingny, Iraqdj Alexander David and Richard Feller.

The 991 class was won by the #85 PRO sport Performance Porsche 991 Cup car driven by America driver line-up of Charles Putman, Charles Espenlaub and Joe Foster. Second in class was the #92 Steiermark,Austria-based MSG Motorsport entry driven by Philipp Sager, Luca Rettenbacher and Christopher Zöckling.

Third in class was the #67 Olimp Racing by Lukas Motorsport entry driven by Christopher Bauer, Stanislav Jedlinski, Robert Lukas and Igor Walilko.

In SP2, class honours were taken by the #78 Speed Lover Porsche 991 Cup entry driven by Pierre-Yves Paque, Jean-Michell Gerome and Christian Kelders. The #35 B2F Compétition Porsche 991 Cup entry was second in class followed by the #203 Vortex V8-entered GC Automotive GC 10 V8.

The SP3-GT4 class was won by the #227 Nova Racing Ginetta G55 GT4.

The next round of the 24H Series Endurance Series will be the 12H Red Bull Ring on April 7 – 8.

The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (17.03.17)

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With the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello this weekend, The Prologue to the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship just over a week away and the European Le Mans Series test at Monza the following week, the 2017 endurance and GT-racing season is bursting into life.

As a result, this week saw announcements concerning, amongst others, the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup, the European Le Mans Series and the British GT Championship.

United Autosports started the week with the announcement that race team owner, driver, businessman and former professional baseball player CJ Wilson and compatriot Andrew Evans will be joining the team for an assault on the 2017 Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup. Wilson retired from professional baseball at the age of 36 and now owns a substantial automotive dealership business, amongst other businesses.

“My goal is to develop as a driver and climb the ranks,” said Wilson. “United Autosports has proven they can win at develop drivers. Andrew and I decided that this is a huge opportunity to get across the Atlantic and challenge ourselves with an incredible platform in LMP3.”

Read the full story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

Century Motorsport confirmed its entries in the GT4 class of the 2017 British GT Championship. Anna Walewska will be returning the team to partner highly-experienced Ginetta driver Mike Simpson. The sister car will feature two names new to the British GT Championship but both are experienced endurance racers. Stephen Fresle and Dane Jacob Mathiassen, who competed in the Britcar Endurance series in 2016, will pilot Century Motorsport’s second entry in the GT4 class.

“It’s great to be back in British GT with Century Motorsport after our success last year,” said Anna Walewska. “I am excited to race with Mike Simpson who has so much experience to bring to the team. Together we will be a fierce driver pairing and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.”

Read the full story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

In the European Le Mans Series, which opens at Silverstone on April 15, Panis-Barthez Compétition has announced its driver line-ups for its LMP2 and LMP3 entries. Nathanaël Berthon, Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret will pilot the Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 class while Eric Debard, Simon Gacher and young American driver Theo Bean will form the driving line-up for the team’s Ligier JS P3.

Team Principal Olivier Panis said: “I am very happy to start our program. The arrival of the new Ligier JS P217 in LMP2 is going to make us reach a turning point in terms of technical and physical performance. It will also require a higher level of driving. That is why we wished to have a driver with solid experience in Endurance by Fabien and Timothé’s sides and Nathanaël Berthon meets this requirement.”

Read the full story here.

At G-Drive by DragonSpeed, Léo Roussel has been confirmed as the third full-season driver for its ORECA 07, joining Memo Rojas and Ryo Hirakawa. The young Frenchman completes the two–car European Le Mans Series effort for the team who will also be racing under the 10Star DragonSpeed banner for its second car, to be driven by Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre and Ben Hanley.

You can read the full story here.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship enters its second round this weekend with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fuelled By Fresh From Florida. The flag drops for the start of the US classic at 10:40 local time (06:40 GMT for UK fans). Click here for the provisional entry list.

Also racing this weekend is the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello. The first six-hour session starts at 14:00 local time. The excellent live-timing screen can be accessed here.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re racing and watching, have a great sportscar weekend!

Léo Roussel To Join G-Drive By DragonSpeed for 2017 European Le Mans Series (17.03.17)

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South of France-based G-Drive by DragonSpeed has announced that Léo Roussell will join Memo Rojas and Ryo Hirakawa in the team’s #21 ORECA 07 for the 2017 European Le Mans Series.

This will be young French driver’s third season in Europe’s premier prototype series after having driven for Pegasus Racing for the past two years.

The announcement now completes the driver line-ups for DragonSpeed’s two entries in this year’s series. Its #21 Gibson-powered ORECA 07, entered under 10Star DragonSpeed banner, will be piloted by Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre and Ben Hanley.

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