Barwell Motorsport To Campaign Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos in 2019 British GT Championship. (30.10.18)

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Great Bookham-based Barwell Motorsport has announced that it is to campaign new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evos in the 2019 British GT Championship and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

Barwell Motorsport, who took two victories on the way to finishing second in the British GT GT3 Teams Championship, will be entering two cars apiece in the premier UK national GT championship and the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

Continuing their partnership for a further year will be Sam De Haan and Jonny Cocker. A new Am driver will be joining the team to be paired with an official Lamborghini Squadra Corsa factory driver, the name of the new driver to be announced in the coming weeks.

MD of Barwell Motorsport Mark Lemmer is delighted to extend the team’s relationship with Lamborghini Squadra Corsa.

“We are thrilled to announce the continuation of our highly successful partnership with Lamborghini with the new Huracan GT3 Evo.” said Mark Lemmer. “The Evo is exactly that; a natural evolution of what has already proved to be a fantastic car. We are also privileged to welcome back Leo (Machitski), Adrian (Amstutz), Sam, Jonny and Sandy (Mitchell) as well as our main team partner, Black Bull Scotch Whisky. Also we can’t wait to reveal an exciting driver pairing for BGT in the coming weeks. We have already achieved championship success with Lamborghini but we are keen to add more victories and titles in our quest for further success in both the UK and Europe.”

Sam De Haan is looking to build on a solid debut season in 2018 and challenge for race win s in the 2019 championship.

“I was a complete racing novice just over a year ago, so it’s been a whirlwind last 12 months to go from that to being an overall British GT podium finisher in my first ever full season of racing!” said the Canterbury-based driver. I have had great guidance from Jonny and the guys at Barwell, and they gave me an environment where I can learn and keep improving as well as enjoy my racing. Next season I’m going for race wins and hopefully a crack at the title!”

Jonny Cocker is looking forward to extending the partnership with Sam De Haan and Barwell Motorsport.

“l’m absolutely delighted to be continuing our British GT campaign together with Sam and Barwell Motorsport in the new Huracan GT3 Evo,” said Jonny Cocker. ” It’s plain to see the development that Sam made during 2018, taking a podium at Brands Hatch being the highlight of our season. We knew that year one would be a learning year and year two we would be aiming for the title, and that’s exactly the mindset that we’re carrying into 2019. I can’t wait to get started!”

The British GT season gets underway at Oulton Park on April 20-22.

Alex Toth-Jones To Contest 2019 British GT Championship With TF Sport (29.10.18)

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Salfords-based TF Sport has announced that Alex Toth-Jones, who finished fifth in the 2018 Ginetta GT5 Challenge, will contest the 2019 British GT Championship in the team’s new Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

TF Sport last entered the GT4 category in 2014 but has subsequently focused its national campaigns on the GT3 category to great success, winning the premier class teams title in 2016 and 2018.

TF Sport Director Tom Ferrier is looking forward to the opportunities that the 2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 offers.

“It’s really exciting to start our GT4 journey in the new generation Aston Martin GT4 and it’s great to have a driver like Alex come on board,” said Tom Ferrier. “We’re currently looking for a young and competitive teammate to race with him and put together a title challenge for the 2019 season.”

Toth-Jones and his team had been reviewing a number of options for his 2019 campaign and the young driver, who started his racing career in karts at the age of 12, is pleased at his choice of team for the new season.

“The British GT Championship is where I and my sponsors want to be next year,” said Toth-Jones. “From Silverstone onwards we were speaking to teams and looking at who would be best to run with. After careful consideration over the summer, and weighing up all the options with some of the top teams in British GT, we have made the decision to go with the best package available and stepping stone to the Le Mans dream with TF Sport. I was always interested in  racing the new Aston Martin GT4 car and so, when the opportunity arose, TF made the cut as they are the biggest AMR customer team in the world.”

“I’m really excited just to see the new car for 2019 , let alone drive it!” said Toth-Jones. “It will be a close championship but I am confident that the new Aston Martin will be super-competitive.”

The 2019 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 20 -22.

Audi Sport Team Land / Haase Snatch Pole For Laguna Seca 8 Hours (27.10.18)

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Christoper Haase, at the wheel of the #29 Audi Sport Team Land Audi R8 LMS, took pole position for the Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours, the final round of the 23018 Intercontinental GT Challenge with a 1:23.660 in the final seconds of the 15-minute ‘Super Pole’ session.

Lining up alongside Haase on the front row of the grid will be the #43 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Mercedes-AMG GT3 in which Raffaele Marciello put in a 1:23.728 on his final lap.

Completing the top three was the #19 Audi Sport team WRT Audi with Dries Vanthoor lapping the 3.602 kms circuit in 1:23.763.

Taking pole position in the GT3 Pro-Am class was Luca Stolz in the #75 Sun Energy1 Racing Mercedes with a 1:23.841 set on his sixth and final lap.

There was drama for Marciello on his second lap when, pushing hard into Turn 6, the Italian driver went wide into the gravel. Marciello returned to the pits for fresh rubber and was soon on the pace, setting the fastest lap of the session to that point on his fourth lap with a 1:23.832.

Team owner Wolfgang Land was delighted to have taken the pole position for the final round of the season.

“We knew when the tyres would come in and when we would get the best performance from the tyres and it worked perfectly,” said Wolfgang Land. “Christopher Haase did an amazing lap and it was a great job from everybody.”

“We are now already in race mode,” continued Land. “But a good qualifying is a base for the race. When you can start the race from the lead and you have no car in front of you then you can push from the beginning.”

The lights go out for the start of the Laguna Seca California 8 Hours at 09:15 local time on Sunday October 28.

Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing On Provisional Pole At Laguna Seca (27.10.18)

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Maxi Goetz, Lewis Williamson and Raffaele Marciello combined to put the #43 Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 on provisional pole for Sunday October 28’s Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours, the finla round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge, finishing the three 15-minute qualifying sessions an average .125 seconds ahead of the #175 Mercedes-AMG Team Sun Energy1 Racing Mercedes, piloted by Maxi Buhk, Tristan Vautier and Maro Engel.

Third quickest over the three sessions was the sister Strakka Racing entry, the #44 car driven by Jack Hawksworth, Christian Vietoris and Adrien Tambay.

It was a solid afternoon’s work for the Silverstone, UK-based team after Strakka Racing also headed the time-sheets in the GT3 Pro-Am category, the #42 Mercedes of Felipe Fraga, Davide Fumanelli and team owner Nick Leventis lapping the 3.603 kms Californian circuit .026 seconds quicker than the #75 Sun Energy1 Racing Mercedes piloted by Kenny Habul, Mikael Grenier and Luca Stolz.

The #51 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano was quickest of the GT4 entries, the car carrying a tribute to the late Dr Don Panoz reading; “For The Fans” – Dr Panoz’s guiding thoughts when revitalising sportscar racing in the US in the late 1990s.

The top 15 cars will now enter the Super Pole session at 14:40 local time to determine the front of the grid for Sunday’s eight-hour race, the final round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge.

ProTechnika Motorsport To Open 2019 Season At The Hankook 24H Dubai (22.10.19)

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University of Bolton-backed ProTechnika Motorsport has announced that it plans to enter its recently acquired Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the Hankook 24H DUBAI on January 10 -12.

Team Principal Anna Walewska made the announcement on social media on October 22, stating that the team is looking for four drivers for the event that has now become the traditional curtain raiser for the new endurance-racing season.

ProTechnika Motorsport was launched at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the 2018 British GT Championship where Anna Walewska and teammate Tom Canning drove the #89 Mercedes-AMG GT4 to second place in the GT4 Pro-Am category. As the British GT Championship season drew to a close, the team purchased a brand-new Mercedes for the final round at Donington Park in preparation for the 2019 season, finishing fifth in class.

Taking place at the Dubai Autodrome, the 2018 running of the Hankook 24H Dubai attracted over 90 entries. The 2019 event, which is the culmination of a week of racing in the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, opens the season for the 24H Champion Of The Continents series.

For its assault on the Hankook 24H DUBAI, ProTechnika Motorsport has joined forces with Brookspeed Automotive, the Eastleigh, Hampshire-based Porsche and Audi specialist, which has a long history in international GT and prototype racing.

Anna Walewska is excited at the prospect of taking on some of the best GT4 teams in the world in partnership with Brookspeed Automotive.

“This partnership shows the potential Protechnika has in GT and endurance racing,” said Walewska. “I’m very much looking forward to working with Brookspeed for the Dubai 24hrs and taking on the next stage of expanding our portfolio.”

Track action for the Hankook 24H DUBAI begins on Thursday January 10 2019 with Free Practice at 11:00 local time with the lights going out for the race at 15:00 local time on Saturday Friday 11.

TF Sport Confirms Return Of Mark Farmer For 2019 British GT Campaign (17.10.18)

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TF Sport has confirmed that Mark Farmer will contest the 2019 British GT Championship with the Salfords, Surrey-base team.
Participation in the 2019 championship will Farmer’s fifth consecutive year in the UK’s premier GT series. Farmer, alongside teammate Nicki Thiim, finished third in the 2018 GT3 Drivers Championship, a season which saw the Anglo-Danish partnership step onto the podium on six occasions, including two wins at Snetterton and Silverstone.

Farmer will be campaigning the new-for-2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and is looking forward to the new season.

“I am excited to re-commit to the British GT Championship for 2019,” said Mark Farmer. “The racing is super-close, the Pro line-up is stellar and the occasions magnificent. We had a great run with the Aston Martin Vantage and, in particular in the last season, with three race wins and three further podiums from nine starts.”

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to win the Championship, but it was good to take the fight to the wire,” continued Farmer. “We consistently demonstrated our pace but were thwarted by bad luck in a couple of rounds, including a big fire at Spa which almost killed the car! As ever, TF Sport went above and beyond to deliver a race-winning package, so I will be back in the TF fold in the new Aston Martin Vantage and very excited for another crack at the championship.”

Director Tom Ferrier is also pleased that Mark Farmer has committed to the team for what will be his fourth season with TF Sport.

“We are delighted to be back in GT3 with Mark,” said Tom Ferrier. “The British GT Championship is the premier national series and, for ourselves and Aston Martin Racing, it is important to have a very strong presence. Mark was a front-runner all year this year and helped us win the team’s title. We want to get Mark the drivers’ championship that he deserves next year.”

The 2019 British GT Championship gets underway at Oulton Park over the weekend of April 20 – 22.