The British GT Championship makes it annual visit to Brands Hatch and the 3.908 kms GP circuit for Round Eight over the weekend of August 4 and 5.
There are a number of changes to the entry list which took the to the grid at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps two weeks ago.
Team Abba Racing had intended to enter its #8 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to be driven by Richard Neary and Adam Christodoulou but, following a car fire at Spa which injured Christodoulou, the team has decided to withdraw from Brands. The team announced via social media that Adam Christodoulou ‘was making good progress and hopes to be back racing in the next two weeks’.
Missing from the GT3 grid will be the #24 RJN Motorsport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, previously driven by Jordan Witt and Struan Moore. Also missing is the #30 Ram Racing Mercedes, driven at Spa by Remon Vos and Ton Onslow-Cole.
Joining the grid, however, at Brands Hatch will be the #26 Ultimate Speed / Michael Brown Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, to be piloted by Michael Brown and Matt Manderson.
Within the GT4 ranks Stellar Motorsport returns with the #86 Toyota GT 86 GT3 with Sennan Fielding as the sole declared driver at the time of writing. Also rejoining the grid is the Team HARD. with Trade Price Cars #88 Ginetta G55 GT4 after skipping the Spa round. Regular driver Ben Wallace is joined for Brands Hatch by Graham Roberts.
Anna Walewska’s ProTechnika Motorsport #89 Mercedes will be contesting its second round of the 2018 season after finishing second in the GT4 Pro-Am standings last time out. Teammates Walewska and Tom Canning will looking to build on the momentum begun at Spa with another strong finish.
TF Sport leads the GT3 Teams Championship on 189.5 points, 29.5 points clear of Barwell Motorsport and will be looking to move on from the disappointment of the TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa with a solid result in Kent.
In the GT3 Drivers Championship, however, Barwell Motorsport duo Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen have a slender 14-point advantage over Optimum Motorsports Flick Haigh and Jonny Adam with TF Sport’s Mark Farmer and Nicki Thiim just 3.5 points behind Haigh and Adam. There is all to play for at Brands Hatch on August 5!
The championship is equally close in the GT4 category with Century Motorsport heading the teams standings on 194 points, 12 clear of Tolman Motorsport Ltd while, in the overall GT4 Drivers Championship, Century Motorsport’s Jack Mitchell heads the table with a 16.5-point lead over HHC Motorsport’s Callum Pointon and Patrik Matthiesen.
In the GT4 Pro-Am standings, the driving duo of the #66 Team Parker Racing Ltd Mercedes, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern lead the table on 134 points, 7.5 points ahead of UltraTek Racing Team RJN’s Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman.
With the weather forecast for Brands Hatch looking warm and dry over the race weekend, fans will be in for a treat watching the GT3 cars stretch their legs over the full GP circuit. Track action for the British GT Championship begins on Saturday August 4 at 9.30am local time with lights going out for the two-hour race at 1.40pm on Sunday August 5.