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track-club Announces GT4 Entry In 2017 British GT Championship (11.01.17)

Huntingdon-based track-club, part of track-group, has announced that it will contest the 2017 British GT Championship with its new McLaren 570S GT4. Adam Balon and Adam Mackay will form the driver line-up.

This will be track-club’s first full-season entry into the premier national GT racing championship, having previously entered its Lotus Evora GT4 at Spa-Francorchamps in 2015.

Although Adam Balon and Adam Mackay have not been team-mates in the same car before, they have competed against each other as part of the same team in the Lotus Cup UK in 2016, a factor that Team Principal Stephen Docherty believes will be significant this season.

“As a team they work well together,” said Docherty. “”They spent the season competing against each other in a Lotus but, within the same team, from the outset they were sharing data and working on finding pace.”

Adam Mckay has been part of the Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Programme and is the reigning Lotus Cup Supersport champion.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to race with Adam in 2017”, said Mckay. “Adam and I competed against each other in Lotus Cup UK last season and alongside each other at the Creventic Silverstone 24 Hours in April, so we’ve build a strong and understanding relationship over the course of 2016.”

Team Principal Stephen Docherty said, “Adam Mackay is, I believe, a really exciting prospect. As a team we have had a lot of talented drivers to work with us and he’s as good as anyone I’ve seen.”

“Adam Balon is a very disciplined driver intelligent driver who rarely makes mistakes that compromise the car,” continued Docherty. “The additional level of competition that the British GT Championship brings will really motivate him to continue his development and I think he’ll be one of the top amateurs in GT4.”

The British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17 with the Media Day to be held on March 28 at Snetterton.

Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing Announces Fuller And Webster For 2017 British GT Campaign (04.01.17)

Team HARD-run Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing has announced that Howard Fuller and Sam Webster will contest the 2017 British GT Championship in the GT4 class, driving one of the team’s Ginetta G55 GT4s.

Fuller is no stranger to the Strood-based 2016 GT4 champions, having competed in the British Touring Car Championship and the VW Racing Cup with the team.

Although Sam Webster made his British GT debut in 2016, driving alongside Jamie Stanley in the Fox Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 at the final round at Donington Park, 2017 will be Dorset-born young driver’s first full year of car racing.

Both Fuller and Webster are excited at the prospect of challenging for GT4 honours in proven race-winning machinery.

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James Littlejohn To Join Macmillan Racing For 2017 British GT Championship (19.12.16)

Warwick-based Macmillan Racing has announced that James Littlejohn will partner Jack Mitchell as the team prepare for its debut season in the GT3 class in the 2017 British GT Championship. Macmillan Racing will campaign an Aston Martin Vantage GT3.

Littlejohn, also Warwick-based, won the 2016 Radical European Masters title with nine wins over the course of 21 starts and also won the 2012 Radical UK Cup. He has experience in the LMP2 class in the European Le Mans Series, having driven for Greaves Motorsport and Murphy Prototypes in the 2014 European Le Mans Series, as well as extensive experience in historic racing.

“I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Team Principal David Macmillan. “James has a wealth of experience to bring to Macmillan Racing and being able to add him to our GT3 line-up is certain to bring massive benefits, as we make our debut in the class.”

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Rick Parfit Jnr. Discusses His 2016 British GT Season With Team Parker Racing (10.12.16)

EnduranceAndGT.co.uk editor Andy Lloyd recently spoke with Rick Parfitt Jnr. to discuss his season with Team Parker Racing in the 2016 British GT Championship driving the Bentley Continental GT3 where he and Seb Morris finished joint third in the GT3 Drivers Championship.

Now that the dust has settled on this season, did the decision to join Team Parker Racing, partner with Seb Morris and drive the Bentley Continental GT3 live up to your expectations?

“It exceeded my expectations. I had come off a really tough first year in GT3 with Ginetta where it was very difficult year with many reliability issues. I’d known Seb since he was in Ginetta Juniors but obviously no one knew what he was going to be like in a GT car. I liked Seb and I’ve always said that if it’s a happy pit, the results usually follow because obviously the partnership is very, very important in GT racing. From my point of view, I’m doing this to take it as far as I can and realise a dream so therefore there has to be an element of fun to it. If there’s not fun to it, what’s the point of doing it?

Seb and I get on very well and it became very evident as soon as we went testing that he was going to be absolutely ballistic and I was going pretty well as well so the season definitely exceeded expectations because if someone had said at the start of the season we’d finish in the top six I’d have taken that. At the first round we turned up and put it on pole but had the victory robbed from us by the Code 80. If that had gone our way I think the rest of the season might have fallen into place. The fact is at the end of the season we were still challenging for the title. So it was a pretty good first year.”

I had heard Seb interviewed on Midweek Motorsport back in the summer and I thought then what a very sensible, focused driver he was with a very clear plan as to how he wanted his career to develop. It was clearly a very good partnership for you both.

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Griffin And Tordoff To Share Barwell Motorsport Huracán GT3 In 2017 British GT Championship (30.11.16)

Barwell Motorsport has announced that Liam Griffin and Sam Tordoff will drive one of its Lamborghini Huracán GT3s in the 2017 British GT Championship.

Sam Tordoff, who finished second in 2016 British Touring Car Championship had announced recently that he would not be returning to the TOCA package next year but would instead be pursuing other opportunities.

Liam Griffin finished the season 5th in the GT3 Drivers Championship and enjoyed a win at Oulton Park in Round 3 alongside Adam Carroll.

“I am really excited about 2017 as I embark on a career in GT racing,” said Tordoff. “It is something we have looked at pursuing for a while, and when this opportunity presented itself with Liam and Barwell Motorsport it was the perfect time to jump ship. I’ve known Liam for a long time and I think together in the Lamborghini we have all the tools in place to mount a serious title challenge.”

Liam Griffin is equally looking forward to the new partnership.

“I’m really pleased to be back in BGT for 2017 and with a new team-mate that might raise a few eyebrows!” said Griffin. “Sam had a great year in BTCC being both quick and consistent, attributes that are well suited to GT racing and ones that I hope rub off on me, to allow us to compete at the sharp end of the Championship.”

“Sam has emerged as one of the UK’s most talented and successful star drivers,” said Team Principal Marks Lemmer. “He has all of the ingredients that we would look for to make a top quality GT driver. It is an absolute pleasure to welcome him to the ‘Barwell family’ for his first full season in GTs to partner Liam. It’s great to welcome Liam back. I’ve got a really positive feeling about this paring.”

The 2017 British GT Championship kicks off at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.

Osborne and Pattison To Campaign McLaren 570S GT4 With Tolman Motorsport For 2017 British GT Championship (23.11.16)

Rugby-based Tolman Motorsport has announced that Joe Osborne and David Pattison will drive its new McLaren 570S GT4 in the 2017 British GT Championship.

Tolman Motorsport finished seventh in the GT3 Teams Standings in 2016, campaigning the Ginetta G55 GT3.

“We’re very pleased to have secured about the best combination of drivers and car that you could assemble for our 2017 British GT campaign,” said Team Principal Christopher Tolman. “We had a great run with Ginetta who have been very good to us, and motorsport, over the years, culminating in us running their GT3 project this season. Tolman Motorsport wants to get to Le Mans in the next 2 -3 years and we felt McLaren are the brand to do that with. We’ve already got a good rapport with the team at McLaren and we’re proud to be associated with that name. It’s also a huge honour to be the first customer McLaren GT4 team.”

Joe Osborne who, alongside Lee Mowle, drove the #7 AMDTuning.com BMW Z4 GT3 to 4th place in the 2016 GT3 Teams Standings, is delighted by the move.

“It’s been seven years since I raced in GT4 but, in 2017, it will be more competitive than this season with more manufacturer variety,” said Osborne. “Arguably it will be better to watch than GT3. The road-version of the McLaren is a car I know well from work I do with the brand outside of racing, so its performance shouldn’t be a big surprise.”

David Pattison is also looking forward to the opportunity of driving alongside Osborne.

“I’m delighted to be finally racing with ‘coach’ Joe,” said Pattison. “I came to racing very late, fulfilling a lifetime ambition. Joe has been instrumental in my progress and I’m hungry to learn more. Having driven the McLaren I feel confident we have a very good car.”

The 2017 British GT Championship opens at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.