Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport is to field new drivers in its Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the final two rounds of the 2016 British GT Championship.
Currently in ninth place in the GT3 Teams Championship on 27 points after a sixth place finish at Rockingham and a fifth place finish at Silverstone, Team Principal Shaun Goff has announced changes for Snetterton and Donington. As a result, Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore will no longer drive for the team.
Abbie Eaton, driver of the #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT NC GT4 with driving partner Marcus Hoggarth, has announced that, unless further sponsorship can be found, Round 6 of the 2016 British GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps may have been her last of the season.
The #60 Ebor GT Motorsport Maserati GT MC GT4 lies fifth in the 2016 British GT Teams Championship on 72 points.
“Currently the Maserati will not be out for the last two rounds of the year due to a shortfall in my budget,” wrote Abbie Eaton on Facebook. “I am working hard every day to try and raise the needed funds but the situation at present is that Spa was my last race.”
“It’s a shame that the only Maserati racing in the UK is to sit out the end of the season when we’re getting stronger and stronger with every race, and more than capable of a top 3 position in the championship at the end of the year – we’re currently 2nd in Pro/Am..not bad for a new car, new championship and new drivers.”
Abbie Eaton is currently working hard to raise the necessary backing and is inviting potential sponsors to contact her directly.
“Packages start as little as £1,000 and have loads of benefits and extras.”
“If anyone is interested in becoming a sponsor, knows of any companies that may be interested or has any ideas, please get in touch. I’d love to hear from you and let’s finish the season off properly!”
TF Sport won Round Six of the 2016 British GT Champion at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with its #11 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes. The victory was Mark Farmer’s first in British GT and the second for Jon Barnes in the championship in eight years.
Second across the line was the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 driven by Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris. Completing the podium positions at the finish was the #57 Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Oliver Morley and Dani Juncadella. However a post-race penalty saw the #57 car handed a thirty-second penalty which elevated their Black Falcon team-mates of Miguel Toril and Abdulaziz Al Faisal in the #58 Mercedes-AMG GT3 to third.
Team Parker Racing with its #31 Bentley Continental GT3, driven by Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr, claimed its fourth pole position of the 2016 British GT Championship season at a rain-affected Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.
The #79 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell looked the likely contender for GT3 pole after McCaig put in a storming lap in the Am section of qualifying. However Morris, in the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3, put in a 2:18.782 in the Pro section of qualifying which, ultimately, earned the team pole position. Morris put in his time ahead of sharp rain shower in Sector 2 through which Bell in the #79 car had to take extra care, preventing the #79 car from challenging again for the top spot.
The 2016 British GT Championship moves to the picturesque Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps for Round 6 on July 9.
The British GT Championship shares a very busy weekend at the Belgium circuit with the 25 Hours VW Fun Cup, Lotus Cup Europe and BRDC British F3 all sharing the same bill. Indeed the sixth round of the British GT Championship again sees the British GT and GT4 European Series joining forces to produce a huge grid of top-class GT action.
Surrey, UK-based Barwell Motorsport has announced it will field a second Lamborghini Huracán for the 2016 Total 24 Hours of Spa. The car will be driven by Jon Minshaw, Phil Keen, Joe Osborne and Oliver Gavin.
The car was originally entered for Mark Poole and Richard Abra. Poole and Abra have, however, decided to focus the remainder of their season on the Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup.
Joe Osborne and Oliver Gavin were originally slated to drive with Mark Poole and Richard Abra and will complete the driver line-up at Spa for Minshaw and Keen.