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.

Jetstream Motorsport To Campaign Aston Martin Vantage GT3 In 2018 British GT Championship (27.02.18)

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Bruntingthorpe-based Jetstream Motorsport has announced that it is to enter the 2018 British GT Championship with an Aston Martin V12 Vantage, to be driven by Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin.

Both Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin are experienced competitors with Davidson having won the 2017 GT Cup Championship with Jetstream Motorsport, driving its McLaren MP4/12C.

Although 31 years old, Belgian Maxime Martin has enjoyed a long and illustrious career in racing, begun in Mini Coopers in his native country in 2004. Martin had a long association with BMW in the DTM Championship and, in December of 2017, it was announced that Martin had joined Aston Martin Racing as a works driver to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Graham Davidson is excited at the prospect of competing at the highest level in the premier national GT championship.

“The British GT Championship is not only a step-up in terms of competiveness but from an exposure and profile-building point of view too,” said Davidson. “If you are to progress, you must compete on a professional platform that has a following, and it will be a privilege to race against exceptionally talented and successful teams and drivers who have prominent championship titles or even 24 Hours of Le Mans victories to their names.”

“I’ve tried to give Jetstream Motorsport and myself the best chance of having a successful season, because doing well in British GT would put us in a very good light.”

Maxime Martin is also relishing the opportunity to make his racing debut in the British GT Championship and taking on some of the world’s best GT drivers in GT3 machinery.

“I’m really excited to be entering British GT with Jetstream Motorsport,” said Martin. “I’ve never raced in the championship before and it’s great to be doing it during my first year with Aston Martin Racing.”

“It’s a pleasure to be joining Graham Davidson and Jetstream and I will try to do something good, by hopefully winning races and the title. I’ve spoken to my fellow Aston Martin drivers, including Jonny Adam, and they have told me that the level of competition in British GT is high and that it’s a difficult championship to win.”

“I’ve been racing GTs for most of my career and I’ve competed in several cars, with different teams and both Pro and Am team-mates. I’ll bring experience, having raced in lots of championships and my job is to optimise the package and make Graham the best driver he can be.”

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

Academy Motorsport To Enter Two Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in 2018 British GT Championship (26.02.18)

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Academy Motorsport has announced that it will enter a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in the 2018 British Gt Championship, the first time Matt Nicol-Jones’ team has run two-car entry since 2015.

Three of the four drivers have been announced.

Jan Jonck, who drove the #42 Macmillan AMR Vantage GT4 partnered with William Phillips and who finished seventh in the GT4 drivers standings, will partner with 16-year-old Tom Wood. Wood finished fifth in the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship.

The sister car will be driven by Matt Nicoll-Jones alongside a driver whose name is still be confirmed.

Nicoll-Jones is excited at the opportunities for the two-car Aston Martin campaign for the upcoming season.

“We were fairly consistent throughout 2017 but couldn’t always demonstrate what the car was truly capable of until the final rounds,” said Nicoll-Jones. “That’s laid the foundations for our expansion back up to two entries once again and I feel like everything’s now in place to have a really good run at both titles.”

The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2 with the Media Day launch to be held this year at Donington on March 8.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Announces Driver Line-Up For 2018 24 Heures du Mans (22.02.18)

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has revealed its full driver line-up for the 2018 running of the 24 Heures du Mans.

The Detroit-based manufacturer will be taking four examples of its Ford GT to the French classic, two from its entry to the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship and two from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

From the WEC entries, the #66 car driver paring of Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla, the two regular FIA World Endurance Championship drivers, will be joined by 2016 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class champion Billy Johnson. The #67 Ford GT will be driven by regular drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell and, joining them at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Brazilian IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan. Kanaan drove with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller at Le Mans in 2017, finishing 6th in the LM GTE Pro class.

From the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the #68 car will be driven by the regular season #66 car driver line-up of Joey Hand, Dirk Müller and Sébastien Bourdais. Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook and Scott Dixon will pilot the #69 car, the #67 car from the North American Championship.

The lights go out for 86th running of the 24 Heures du Mans on Saturday 16.06.18 at 15:00 local time.

ERC Sport / Mowle / Buurman To Enter 2018 British GT Championship (13.02.18)

Market Drayton-based ERC Sport has announced that it will enter the 2018 British GT Championship with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 to be driven by Yelmer Buurman and car owner Lee Mowle.

Mowle has moved from AMDTuning.com to the new team established by Keith Cheatham.

Dutchman Buurman has significant experience in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 having won the 2018 24H Dubai with the marque and Team Black Falcon.

Buurman is looking forward to tackling the premier national GT championship with ERC Sport and Lee Mowle.

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Team HARD Enters Third British GT Season With Two Ginetta G55 GT4s (07.02.18)

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Rochester-based Team HARD has announced it will campaign two Ginetta G55 GT4s in the 2018 British GT Championship.

The team, led by Team Principal Tony Gilham, is also set to announce a new driver line-up for its two-car entry.

Team Manager Gary Allen is looking forward to the new season after a frustrating 2017.

“It was touch and go for a while as to whether we had our two cars accepted for 2018,” said Gary Allen. “The appeal of GT racing and the SRO package has meant that the series is in fact over-subscribed, so it was a case of working as hard as possible to make sure we were in the best shape possible following approval of our entries.”

“We now have a dedicated GT factory and have built a very solid infrastructure as we look to challenge again for the team championship we won in 2016.”

Currently the team has a Silver pairing agreed for the first car as well as a driver described by the team as a ‘star of the future’ in the sister car.

Team HARD Team Principle Tony Gilham is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.

“GT4 is growing at a very fast rate and the level of competition is very high,” said Tony Gilham. “We are under no illusions about how strong the grid will be this year but are more than ready and as a team we are always up for the challenge. I think the rise of interest in the GT world, and especially GT4, makes it a very appealing career move for up-and-coming racing drivers. Couple that with our unique concept as a team and that is arguably one of the best overall packages available.”

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