Category Archives: British GT Championship

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.

Reigning British GT GT3 Champion Rick Parfitt Jnr To Be Joined By Ryan Ratcliffe For 2018 Campaign (06.02.18)

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Current British GT Championship GT3 champion Rick Parfitt Jnr will be joined by Ryan Ratcliffe for the 2018 premier national GT championship season, driving one of two Bentley Continental GT3s entered by Team Parker Racing.

Parfitt sought a new driving partner after former team-mate Seb Morris decided to seek fresh challenges in Europe this season.

Parfitt and Ratcliffe are not strangers, however, having won the British GT GT4 title in the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 GT4 in 2013.

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Century Motorsport To Campaign BMW M4 GT4s In 2018 British GT Championship (31.01.18)

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Fenny Compton-based Century Motorsport has announced that it will enter a pair of BMW M4 GT4s for the forthcoming British GT Championship.

The team has also announced its first driver pairing of Ben Tuck and Ben Green with the expectation that the line-up for the sister car will be announced shortly.

The switch of marques for the British GT Championship is a major departure for Team Principal Nathan Freke’s team, which has campaigned Ginetta G50 and G55s since its entry into the premier national GT championship in 2009.

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Balfe Motorsport Returns To British GT Championship With GT3 And GT4 Campaign (23.01.18)

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Grantham, Lincolnshire-based Balfe Motorsport will return to the British GT Championship for the first time since 2013 with entries in both the GT3 and GT4 classes.

Shaun Balfe will partner Rob Bell in the GT3 category with their McLaren 650S GT3 while Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson will bring their PMW Expo Racing McLaren 570S GT4 to the team.

Shaun Balfe and Ron Bell are the current International GT Open Pro/Am champions after a season that saw them winning in Portugal, Britain and Italy.

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Invictus Games Racing To Compete in the 2018 British GT Championship (11.01.18)

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A team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) veterans of the British Armed Forces will compete in the 2018 – 19 British GT Championships in a specially designed Jaguar.

The team, named Invictus Games Racing, is a collaboration between the co-founder of the clothing brand Superdry James Holder and the Invictus Games Foundation. Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations division was commissioned by Holder to develop and build two F-Type SVR cars to GT4 specification.

The Invictus Games is an international sporting event for WIS servicemen and women and the Invictus Games Foundation was established to manage the process of selecting the hosts for future games and overseeing their delivery.

James Holder, who competed in the 2016 British GT Championship, was inspired to create Invictus Games Racing after watching the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.

Holder has overseen the design and development of the cars and has funded the project himself.

“Invictus Games Racing will enable ex-servicemen and women who have experienced physical or psychological trauma during service to compete against each other and the rest of the top-level racing field, in cars that are tailor-made for them,” said Holder. “We wanted to give these men and women the chance to compete in a professional racing competition with the established teams.”

“Over the last six months, leading experts Mission Motorsport have held trials to identify and train four drivers from the Armed Forces best suited and most likely to gain personally from this experience,” continued Holder. We have worked closely with Jaguar to construct GT4-specification supercars that accommodate each individual drivers needs.”

“This dream won’t happen overnight but during the journey I can promise fans that we will have inspirational drivers, great stories, innovative technology and the coolest looking and sounding cars on the circuit.”

The four drivers and two driver-mentors were presented at Autosport Live at the NEC, Birmingham on January 11.

In the #22 car, Ben Norfolk and Basil Rawlinson will be mentored by professional driver Jason Wolfe. In the sister #44 car Matthew George will mentor Steve McCulley and Paul Vice.

Ben Norfolk served on several operational tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as a Royal Airforce Sergeant. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder, combined with depression meant that he was discharged from the RAF in November 2017.

Basil Rawlinson served in the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, serving on a tour of Afghanistan between 2010-11. Rawlinson was discharged after suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and several degenerative discs in his back.

Paul Vice suffered a traumatic brain injury after being injured by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) whilst on his fourth tour of Afghanistan. The injury resulted in the paralysis of his right arm. He also underwent a below-knee amputation.

Steve McCulley was nearly killed by an IED whilst leading 172 Royal Marines in Helmund Province. He lay in a coma for three weeks after which he underwent a grueling two-year physical rehabilitation programme.

The two Jaguar F-TYPE SVRs were in development for a year and have only recently been delivered to the team.

The opening round of the 2018 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.