“I’ve Always Been Faster In The Race” – Team HARD’s Ben Wallace Positive After Challenging Qualifying. (31.03.18)

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The #88 Team HARD Ginetta G55 GT4 of Ben Wallace and William Phillips will start Race One of the Bank Holiday British GT Championship double-header from ninth on the grid after William Phillips lapped the 4.307 km Cheshire circuit in 1:44.570.

Phillips, who was asked to drive for the Rochester-based team after Nick Worm withdrew from the first round for personal reasons, is no stranger to Team HARD, having finished eighth in the 2016 GT4 drivers standings with the team, driving alongside Jordan Stilp. In 2017 Phillips drove for Macmillan AMR in its Aston Martin Vantage GT4, finishing fifth in the GT4 drivers standings.

“We decided that William would take the first qualifying session as he has a slight edge on me,” said Southport-based Ben Wallace. “I’m not too happy with how I how qualified but as I have only had limited running in the car, I have to be satisfied with how I drove.”

Wallace put in a 1:45.493 on his fourth lap out of five to start Race Two in eighteenth place in the GT4 class.

“My race pace has typically been faster than my qualifying times,” continued Wallace. “With two hours of racing on Monday, and with the backing of Team HARD and driving alongside William, I’m confident we’ll come away with some good results.”

The lights go out for Round One of the 2018 British GT Championship at 11:10 on Monday April 2.

Haigh / Keen Take Poles In British GT Championship GT3 Qualifying (31.03.18)

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Flick Haigh drove the #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage to pole position for Race One of the Bank Holiday Monday double-header for the 2018 British GT Championship. After practice sessions which were frustrated by damp, cold conditions and stoppages, Haigh lapped the 4.307 km Oulton Park circuit in 1:34.769, .130 seconds quicker than defending GT3 drivers champion Rick Parfitt Jnr in the #1 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3.

Third quickest in the ten-minute session was the sister Team Parker Racing entry, the #7 Bentley driven by Ian Loggie, with a 1:35.096.

In the Pro qualifying session, which determined the GT3 grid for Race Two, it was defending Teams Champion Barwell Motorsport who took pole after Phil Keen lapped  in 1:32.869 in the #33 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 he shares with Jon Minshaw. Optimum Motorsport made it a 1 -2 after Jonny Adam finished second quickest in the session in the #75 Aston Martin with a 1:33.028.

Third quickest, and the second of the factory Aston Martin drivers in the top three, was Marco Sorensen in the #17 TF Sport Vantage after he lapped in 1:33.037.

Flick Haigh was delighted to be able start Monday’s first race from pole.

“All of our pre-season testing paid off and I’m really happy with the result,” said Flick Haigh. “With Jonny there was always going to be pressure but I’m glad that, so far, I’m living up to expectations.”

The lights go out for Race One of April 2’s two 60-minute races at 11:10.

Thiim Ready For Title Assault On 2018 British GT Championship (31.03.18)

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Aston Martin factory driver Nicki Thiim is having his first outing in the British GT Championship at Oulton Park over the weekend of March 31 – April 2. Speaking during FP1 for Monday’s two one-hour races, Thiim was in upbeat mood as he prepared to support his team-mate Mark Farmer in the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

“We have upped the game today and for the season,” said the Danish driver, commenting on the number of works drivers competing in Britain’s premier GT series. “It’s a long time since I’ve had so much fun in a race car.”

Commenting on the Oulton Park circuit, Thiim continued: “It’s a good, old ‘old school’ race track and I really enjoy it. It’s almost reminds me of when I started. It’s great to see so many people and I hope the weather stays reasonable for the guys out there so we can have a good show.”

“(The weather) is almost like it is in Denmark. It’s the first race of the year and I’m looking forward to it. It’s been a long winter but now we’re on it. My team-mate Mark is doing a tremendous job. He is really motivated after the winter break and the whole team has a good package this year, I think.”

Nicki Thiim hs a busy season ahead of him as, in addition to his duties in the British GT Championship, he is also driving for R-Motorsport in Blancpain GT and the in the FIA World Endurance Championship with Aston Martin Racing.

“We have a gorgeous new weapon (for the WEC),” said Thiim. “I hope you guys like it. It’s a good time to be in Aston Martin. It’s a pleasure to be part of it. It’s going to be historic and I can’t wait to go in the WEC season this year. I think it’s going to be a tremendous year. We saw in IMSA at Daytona and Sebring how close it is so I think this year GTE is going to be the category to watch.”

The Aston Martin factory drivers are a close-knit team, on and off the track.

“It’s is a good family atmosphere inside Aston Martin,” said Thiim. “We just came back from a camp where we had a week together. I spend more time with those guys than the people at home. For me racing will always be priority number one and it’s always great to have so many nice people around me to share the passion with.”

Qualifying for Round One of the 2018 British GT Championship gets underway at 15:55 on March 31 with the lights going out for the first 60-minute race at 11:10 on April 2.

Optimum Motorsport And Adam / Haigh Go Quickest in British GT FP1 (31.03.18)

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On a track that was both drying and warming, marginally, Jonny Adam, driving the #75 Optimum Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage went quickest in FP1 for the first round of the 2018 British GT Championship.

Second quickest, in a session where lap-times were tumbling as teams pitted for slick tyres with 15 minutes to go, was the #116 ERC Motorsport Mercedes -AMG GT3 driven by Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman with a 1:35.579

Third quickest as the chequered flag came out was the #33 Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 driven by Phil Keen and Jon Minshaw, the time of 1:35.636 set by Keen with ten minutes to go.

In the GT4 category the quickest time was set by #77 Fox Motorsport Mercedes-AMG Gt4 driven by Mark Murfitt and Michael Broadhurst with a 1:44.427. Second quickest in the GT4 class was the #55 HHC Motorsports Ginetta G55 GT4 piloted by Callum Pointon and Patrik Matthiesen.

Completing the top three times in the GT4 class was the #10 Equipe Verschuur McLaren 570S GT4 driven by Finlay Hutchison and Daniel McKay with a 1:45.117.

As teams have only had limited running on slicks this weekend so far, times should fall even further for FP2 which is at 12:10

EnduranceandGT Announces Launch Of EGT Communications (26.03.18)

Owner and editor of EnduranceandGT.co.uk Andy Lloyd has announced the launch of EGT Communications, a new motorsport-focused PR and media venture.

“Having worked closely with a number of teams, drivers and organisations aligned with motorsport, I know how important it is to make sure that your message is focused, targeted and clear,” said Andy Lloyd. “Although there are many excellent businesses working within the media space in motorsport, I believe that EGT Communications has a role to play in supporting young drivers, teams and growing businesses.”

Parent organisation EnduranceandGT.co.uk was launched in February 2016 and has grown rapidly, covering primarily the British GT Championship, the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. EGT Communications supports Student Motorsport, the on-line community founded by JP Latham to support the next generation of motorsport professionals.

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EGT Communications is also working with Ben Wallace, driver for Team HARD in its Ginetta G55 GT4 in the 2018 British GT Championship. Ben Wallace’s #88 Ginetta will be carrying EnduranceandGT.co.uk logos for the 2018 season.

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Owner Andy Lloyd is excited by challenges ahead

“Communication is vital in attracting, activating and keeping sponsors and supporting drivers careers,” said the Kent-based entrepreneur. “EGT Communications has a role to play in today’s crowded media industry.”

EGT Communications can be contacted at enduranceandgt@gmail.com and on 00(44) 7960 412461.

Virage de Mulsanne Honours Corvette At 2018 Event (26.03.18)

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L’Association Virage de Mulsanne, the organisation which, for the past six years, has arranged the highly popular gathering of historic vehicles and enthusiasts, has announced its theme for its 2018 event.

At a presentation in Mulsanne on the evening of March 20, President of the Association David Mousty announced that Corvette will be the theme for the day-long celebration of the automobile and the 24 Heures du Mans, this year held on Friday June 15.

“This emblematic brand is naturally associated in Europe with the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said David Mousty. “Let’s not forget that the first Corvettes raced in the 1960 race,” David Mousty continued, recalling the three Corvettes entered by Briggs Cunningham in the French classic.

The American manufacturer has won eight times at Le Circuit de la Sarthe.

For all enthusiasts of the Great Race gathered at Le Mans, a visit to Virage de Mulsanne on Friday June 15 is a must. 2017’s event, in honour of Jaguar, saw a spectacular gathering of vehicles, some delicious local food and beverages and a chance to walk quietly down the iconic circuit from Mulsanne Corner towards Indianapolis less than a day before the lights go out for the the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Make a date to be there – you’ll regret it if you’re not!