Category Archives: British GT Championship

Mercedes-AMG GT4 For Team Parker Racing / Jones / Malvern British GT Championship Campaign (14.02.18)

Nick Jones and Scott Malvern have announced that they will campaign a Mercedes-AMG GT4, to be run by Desford, Leicestershire-based Team Parker Racing in the GT4 class of the 2018 British GT Championship. Although their entry was confirmed by the time of the British GT Media Day at Donington Park, the identity of the car had, until now, remained unannounced.

After two seasons racing the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, Jones and Malvern will be one of the first to enter the new-for-2018 Mercedes.

Malvern and Jones are confident that the Mercedes-AMG GT4 is the car of choice for the new season.

“Ever since I first started talking to Mercedes it’s clear the programme is just at another level,” said Jones. “This year is going to be exciting – easily the most exciting of our time in British GT so far, and Mercedes is going to give us a real chance to compete.”

“The car is a huge step forward,” continued Nick Jones, as he embarks on his third full season in the premier national GT championship. “We’ve been out testing it in Europe with the Black Falcon team, getting a grounding of it ahead of getting our own chassis this month. Team Parker has been with us every step of the way too, and that relationship will be important as they’re such a professional team.”

“Racing for me is about going out and having fun and having competitive machinery is key to that. Last year I felt I drove better than ever, but a lot of that progress was masked by the car’s outright pace. This year I think we can make a real step up the grid.”

Team-mate Scott Malvern is also looking forward to the new season.

“The Porsche last year proved quite tricky for the amateur driver whereas the Mercedes is accessible and has all of the technology to make it a real weapon in endurance racing.”

The 2018 British GT Championship gets underway over the Easter weekend – March 31 – April 2 – at Oulton Park.




“We Have Exceeded Our Expectations” – British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici In Up-Beat Mood At Season Launch. (08.03.18)


British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici was in an up-beat mood at the launch of the 2018 Championship season, held at Donington Park on Thursday Match 8.

“We are very happy to reveal our final entry list.” Said Franassovici at a packed press conference held at the now-MSV owned venue. “Over the months we’ve been gradually revealing all our entries and we have exceeded our expectations. The quality of the GT3 and GT4 grid we have today is extremely easy to see. Last year and during the off-season we worked hard to build this grid and I thank my team for making this happen.”

“(The success) is also due to the trust of the teams,” said Franassovici. “They can see that the platform is stable. It’s been so for many years since 2010 and the grid has gradually increased in numbers, which was needed, and then in quality and then in diversity and then we continued to make sure that stability was there.”

Franassovici was quick to praise tyre partner Pirelli.

“In 2016 Pirelli came on board and this added value as it allowed the grid to go up a level again. It also helped us to make our BoP even more accurate. This is due to the hard work of all our teams around the world, with Pirelli Tyres, making and creating the BoP, which is world-renowned. So we are very pleased.”

“A couple of years ago people said that GT3 was dead and we have proved that this is not the case. The grid we have of 13 cars has exceeded our expectations. The quality of the cars, the pairings and the factory drivers has all been very pleasing. What we’ve achieved also in the past two years is public attendance. This has grown at all our tracks and this was seen at the Silverstone 500 which was a big success last year with large crowds and we will continue this push with Silverstone.”

“So we’re very happy,’” concluded the Championship Manager. “The entry list was released this morning. We’ve announced the remaining entries, which have been entered for a while. Before we took our break in December we had thirty paid entries, which is a sign that people believe in our platform and they are happy to sign up. Not many series can claim that so we are continuing to push in that direction.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.

Thirteen Entries For 2018 British GT Championship GT3 Category (08.03.18)

The British GT Championship has revealed a capacity grid of 36 cars for the 2018 Championship with 13 cars entered in the premier GT3 category.

In the premier category, Team Parker Racing has entered two Bentley Continental GT3s, the #1 for the GT3 drivers champion Rick Parfitt Jnr and his new driving partner for the season, Ryan Ratcliffe and the #7 for Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod.

Teams champion Barwell Motorsport returns for the new season with a three-car line-up. The #2 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will be driven by Leo Matchitski and Patrick Kujala, the #33 entry by drivers championship runners-up Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen and the #69 entry by Sam de Haan and Jonny Cocker.

TF Sport has welcomed Aston Martin factory drivers Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen to join established Am drivers Derek Johnston and Mark Farmer. Thiim will partner with Farmer in the #11 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 while Sorensen will join Johnston in the #17 car.

TF Sport will make up two of five Aston Martins on the GT3 grid in 2018. Jetstream Motorsport has entered the #47 car to be driven by Graham Davidson and Maxime Martin while Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport returns to the GT3 category with Flick Haigh and double-GT3 champion Jonny Adam.

The fifth V12 Vantage GT3 on the grid will be the returning 2015 drivers champions Beechdean AMR with team owner Andrew Howard being joined by Darren Turner for the season.

Three manufacturers represent the final three entries in the premier category. RJN Motorsport announced on the Media Day that it would be joining the GT3 category with its #24 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 to be driven by Devon Modell and Struan Moore. Woking manufacturer McLaren is represented by a single entry, that of the #101 Balfe Motorsport car to be driven by team owner Shaun Balfe and McLaren development driver Rob Bell.

After Team ABBA by Rollcentre withdrew from the GT3 class at the end of 2017, one Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be on the grid for the season – that of the ERC Motorsport #116 entry to be driven by Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman.

The first round of the 2018 British GT Championship will be at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.

RJN Motorsport To Campaign Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 In 2018 British GT Championship (08.03.18)


RJN Motorsport, who currently oversee the two UltaTek Racing Nissan 370Z GT4s in the British GT Championship, has announced that it will campaign a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in 2018.

RJN Motorsport has significant experience with the car, having run the Nissan GT3 programme in the Blancpain GT Series.

Devon Modell and Struan Moore will be driving the #24 entry. Moore was part of RJN’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup squad in 2017 but also drove the team’s Nissan 370Z GT4 at the Silverstone round of the British GT Championship.

Devon Modell returns to the British GT Championship after a four-year gap since he finished runner-up in the GT4 class in 2014 with Andrew Jarman in the TF Sport Aston Martin GT4 Challenge entry. Modell enjoyed a busy season in 2017, racing in the Asian Le Mans Series with Wineurasia, the Lamborghini Suoer Trofeo Middle East with FFF Racing Team by ACM, the Blancpain GT Series Asia with Craft Bamboo Racing in its Porsche 911 GT3 R and two rounds of the Henderson Insurance Racing Brokers LMP3 Cup Championship with Speedworks Motorsport.

Modell is looking forward to the challenge ahead.

“For me, the British GT Championship is unfinished business,” said Modell. “I’m really excited to be back in the series and I can safely say I am looking forward to getting the maximum out of this package having seen it in action recently testing at Snetterton.”

Team Principal Bob Neville is confident the #24 entry will surprise the established front-running teams.

“We’re delighted to welcome Devon to the team,” he said. “While we know the competition will be tough, we have a strong partnership here with our drivers and we’re confident that we’ll be competitive.

The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton ark on March 31 – April 2.

Track-Club To Contest 2018 British GT Championship With Barnicoat And Balon (06.03.18)


Kimbolton-based Track-Club has announced that it will enter a second season in the British GT Championship with Ben Barnicoat pairing with Adam Balon in the team’s McLaren 570S GT4.

21 year-old McLaren Academy Driver Barnicoat drove for Strakka Racing in the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, driving its McLaren 650S GT3 to 29th place in the standings. He also drove for K-Pax Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge, again  in a 650S GT3.

Adam Balon returns to Track-Club after driving alongside Adam Mackay in the 2017 Britsh GT Championship, finishing fourth in the class standings.

Barnicoat is looking forward to the season although admits he is not familiar with his new team-mate or the championship.

“This will be an interesting challenge as it’s my first British championship since karting in 2012 which is pretty surreal,” said Barnicoat. “I do know the majority of tracks on the calendar as I’ve done testing work in either GTs or single-seaters.  Ironically about the only track I dont know is Donington; even though it’s my local track all I’ve done these is one BMW race to get a license upgrade!”

“I don’t know too much about Adam or about British GT. I’ve been mates with Seb Morris since we were team-mates in single-seaters back in 2014 so I talk to him to see how he’s getting on and I know Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton too and saw what they did last year, but that’s about it.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2 with the season-launching Media Day to be held at Donington Park on Thursday March 8

“I Want To Gain As Much Experience As I Can And Finish In The Top Five” – Team HARD’s Ben Wallace Talks British GT Championship And With (18.03.05).

Photo: Norbert Hartwig / Ben Wallace.

Team HARD has announced that ex-VAG Trophy driver Ben Wallace will contest a full season in the 2018 British GT Championship alongside young German driver Nick Worm who, in 2017, competed in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.

Ben Wallace spoke to EnduranceandGT, about the VAG Trophy, the forthcoming British GT Championship season and his involvement with

2017 was a very busy year. What were the highlights for you, Ben?

“Well, certainly Brands Hatch where I had to race in the VAG Trophy and the British GT Championship. As much as it was a highlight, it was also a bit of a task going from front-wheel drive and then quickly jumping over to rear-wheel drive. Not many people have done that on the same weekend so that was a bit of a highlight. it was successful as well!”

“Spa in British GT Championship was a highlight. I made my Championship debut there and my race result was tenth which, as it was a very strong grid, I was really happy with.”

“I missed out on the VAG Trophy due to a few crashes but it was a highlight because I got a race win at Snetterton and I got a couple of podiums. All round 2017 was a good year for me.”

What were the learning points that you took away from the season?

“For 2018 the main learning point is trying to keep my nose clean. I’ve developed being more aware and thinking ahead now but I’ve learned over this past year that it’s not all won in the first corner. You also have to keep the car in a shape where it’s still drivable for the next driver. That was definitely something for me to learn driving in British GT.”

How did the 2017 British GT drives come about?

“Tony (Gilham – Team Principal) gave me the opportunities and I took them because that was what I want to continue working on. Team HARD has helped me to develop me tremendously as a driver and the fantastic opportunity to drive in Spa was recognition of the effort I had put in.”

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Going to Spa to drive the Ginetta G55 GT4 must have been quite a moment for you, wasn’t it?

“That track is unreal. I’d been there the previous year with the Golfs and I’d made my debut with the Golfs there the year before. So I’ve only been there twice but this time going there with the GTs was an unreal feeling. You can’t even describe the feeling.”

“Going up Eau Rouge and out to the back of the track you do really need courage. It’s a great track and I really do enjoy it every time I go there.”

You clearly enjoy a great relationship with Team HARD. How has that developed?

“Team HARD is quite a family team and I like the family atmosphere. It’s very welcoming. They also took the time, especially Tony, to help me at certain points with my driving that I’ve worked on so that obviously really attracted me.

“Hopefully I can carry on with them as it is an amazing team to be around.”

You’ll be driving the Ginetta G55 GT4 in the 2018 British GT Championship. What does the Ginetta offer you when competing against newer machinery such as the McLaren 570S and BMW M4 as you’re going to be this year?

“The Ginetta doesn’t have as much power but it’s a very well-balanced and forgiving car. It tells you what it wants you to do and it tells you how it responds to certain things. it’s so well-balanced that it forgives you for minor mistakes.”

“There’s also so much natural grip in the car, especially in the wet, that the car is always able to compete with the likes of the BMWs, Aston Martins and the McLarens. I think it will still be a very competitive car this year. We’ll see in the first round!”

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Now that you will have a driving partner for the season, will you need to adapt how you approach your set-up requirements, do you think?

 “Yes, you will have to find a balance because not every driver drives the same or likes the same set-up in the car so you need to find a middle ground that still feels comfortable for both drivers. However, I don’t think it will be that hard. You always need to adapt and learn, especially in the endurance categories, to get the best out of the opportunity.”

You’re a contributor to How did that come about?

“JP Latham (Founder of was my mechanic for the Ginetta Juniors at Brands Hatch. I spoke to him again at Autosport and he asked me to contribute to the site which I was very happy to do as, being a student myself, it was an opportunity to give back.”

And I understand you’ll be carrying the logo in 2018 on your race suit.

“I’ll be carrying it on my race-suit and on the car as well.”

What advice would you give to an aspiring motorsport professional about getting involved with

“For somebody who’s starting out in their motorsport career, is a great website to provide help and as a forum to ask any questions. It’s a good guide where professionals or people who are currently studying, can give them a tips and share their knowledge.”

Studying motorsport at college or university is a relatively new development. What advantages is your education going to provide you with as a driver as you move forward, do you think?

“It gives you more insight into the car. When you understand how the car is working, the more you can tell your mechanics or engineer how to set up the car. You’ll understand more about the car and understand better how to drive the car more appropriately.”

In the past you’ve said that that BTCC was a career goal for you but with the British GT Championship this year, are you starting to think that maybe GT and endurance racing offers more attractive long-term career options than sprint racing?

“The British GT Championship will offer a strong grid this year. The whole endurance category is going to become more popular and stronger so at the moment it looks more attractive. After my first outing in the Ginetta at Spa I fell in love with the whole concept. The advantages for a driver is that you get a massive amount of seat-time. I think, for the long-term, it’s where I want to go.”

“In endurance and GT racing you’re more likely to travel the world and be approached by amateur drivers who want a pro to drive with. It’s a more appealing category.”

What goals have you set for yourself for the forthcoming season?

“That’s a good question. I really want to gain as much experience as I can do, obviously, to do well. I don’t want to sound too arrogant but I hope to be somewhere in the top 5 or top 10. It’s always difficult to say and we’ll have to see where we are, pace-wise, after the first race.”

The 2018 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.