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The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (09.11.18)

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With the 2018 British GT Championship having concluded less than seven weeks ago, teams are already laying the foundations for 2019 with driver announcements and testing.

University of Bolton-backed ProTechnika Motorsport was out testing at Snetterton this week, as preparations continue for the team’s debut at the HANKOOK 24H DUBAI on January 10 – 12. The team was launched at the Spa-Francorchamps round of the 2018 British GT Championship with team owner Anna Walewska sharing the driving duties with Tom Canning. The pair enjoyed great success at its debut race weekend, finishing second in the GT4 Pro-Am class and travelled to the final round of the season at Donington Park with a recently acquired, brand-new Mercedes-AMG GT4

Looking ahead to 2019, Anna Walewska has ambitious plans for ProTechnika Motorsport, now based at the National Centre For Motorsport Engineering at the University of Bolton.

Speaking to EnduranceandGT editor Andy Lloyd, Anna Walewska explained that she was pleased at how the Snetterton test had gone.

“We were testing at Snetterton, doing back-to-back semi-exclusive days testing new talent,” said Walewska, who finished third in the 2016 British GT GT4 Pro-Am Standings and who won the SP3 class at the 2016 24H DUBAI. “I am very pleased at how both drivers performed, especially in the mixed weather conditions on the second day. It’s good preparation for next season and our winter programme.”

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Davidson Joins Adam At TF Sport For Assault On National GT3 Title (06.11.18)

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Aberdeen-based Graham Davidson will be joining forces with Le Mans winner and three-time British GT champion Jonny Adam and TF Sport for an assault on the 2019 British GT Championship.

TF Sport announced that Davidson will be joining the Salfords-based team to work with compatriot Adam in one of two new-for-2019 Aston Martin Vantage GT3s that the team has acquired, the sister car already having one seat taken by multiple race-winner Mark Farmer.

Graham Davidson contested his first British GT Championship season with Jetstream Motorsport in the previous iteration of the Aston Martin GT3, the V12 Vantage with Aston Martin factory driver Maxime Martin as teammate. The duo scored a maiden championship win for the partnership at Spa-Francorchamps and a second place at Snetterton.

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Optimum Motorsport Returns To British GT GT4 (06.11.18)


Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport, winners of the 2018 British GT GT3 Drivers Championship with Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam, has announced that it is to enter two Aston Martin Vantage GT4s for the 2019 season.

Team Principal Shaun Goff announced that Connor O’Brien, who finished sixth in the 2018 Ginetta GT5 Challenge, will step up to GT4 for the 2019 British GT Championship, to drive alongside a teammate yet to be announced.

Connor O’Brien, who been coached by Adam Christodoulou, is excited about competing in the premier national GT championship.

“I’m looking forward to starting our test programme next year and getting to work with Aston Martin,” said the young Irish driver. “It’s great to continue with Optimum Motorsport and I’m looking forward to working with my new teammate, even though I don’t know who that is yet!”

“The AMR Young Driver Academy is obviously very interesting to me, but I also know that the early part of the season at least will be something of a learning curve. I hope to be at the sharp end as soon as possible, getting solid finishes and making progress race by race.”

Team Principal Shaun Goff is pleased that Connor’s experience in an Optimum Motorsport-run Ginetta GT5 is allowing the 18-year old  to progress into the GT4 class.

“It’s good that we can announce Connor at the first available opportunity,” said Shaun Goff. “It’s an exciting new programme for us and it’s a pleasure to have Connor moving up from Ginetta racing to the British GT Championship. and remaining part of the team”

“Connor has developed well over the last two years. He’s still just 18 years of age and is a driver with lots of potential that we are keen to tap. 2019 may be a learning season at this level but we look forward to building together and maximising opportunities that come our way.”

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

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


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)


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.