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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.

2017 British GT Championship Grid Starts to Take Shape

With the final round of the 2016 British GT season now over two months ago, teams are working fast to get plans into place for next year. Contrary to whispers at the end of the season of the demise of GT3 in the national championship, three teams have already announced plans for the premier class in 2017.

AmDTuning.com has announced that it will run dual campaigns in both the British GT Championship and the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which sits alongside the European Le Mans Series. The West Thurrock-based team will campaign a 2017-spec Mercedes-AMG GT3 with drivers for the Michelin Le Mans Cup already confirmed as Lee Mowle and Phil Keen.

“Having enjoyed our first season of GT3 competition this year, it was always our intention to secure a ‘latest generation’ car for 2017 and we are delighted to confirm we will be running the Mercedes-AMG GT3 next season, “ said Team Principal Shaun Hollamby. “The car is a proven winner on track having taken the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup title and victory in the Nurburgring 24 Hours and we’re confident that it is the right car to carry us to success.”

Also campaigning a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the British GT Championship in 2017 will be Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing. Martin Short and Richard Neary drove the team’s BMW Z4 GT3 in 2016 and have reconfirmed their commitment to the championship by buying a brand new car.

“It’s one of the latest cars and proved its credentials in Europe last season,” said Martin Short. “We were able to have a good look at it when Black Falcon joined British GT at Spa. It was immediately clear how good the build quality and AMG customer service was, and then following it on track gave us an idea of how it handles. That was very apparent when Richard and I tested one at Hockenheim. It’s the best GT car I’ve ever driven and should be well suited to British circuits.”

Stepping up to GT3 in 2017 will be Macmillan Racing who will be adding an Aston Martin GT3 to its existing GT4 entry. Jack Mitchell has been confirmed to drive the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, which will be receiving assistance from Prodrive.

“It’s been a big surprise and also a big jump!” said Mitchell. “Myself and the team spent last year learning the ropes so it was good to get a few podiums. It could be more of the same in 2017 but I’m really excited about the challenge.”

“This is such an exciting announcement”, said Team Principal David Macmillan. “Racing at the very highest level in the UK, with just one season of racing behind us, may seem like a big step but we are ready for the challenge.”

After enjoying its debut season with the Maserati GT MC GT4, which included celebrating a second place in class at Oulton Park, York-based Ebor GT has announced its intention to campaign two examples of the iconic Italian marque in the 2017 British GT Championship.

Ebor GT drivers Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth finished joint second in the GT4 Pro-Am Drivers standings in 2016 and the team is focused on building on that success next season.

The first round of the 2017 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.

Johnston, Adam, Farmer And Barnes Confirmed For TF Sport 2017 British GT Title Defence (27.10.16)

Redhill-based TF Sport, winners of the 2016 British GT Teams and Drivers championships and the inaugural Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup, has announced that Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam will remain with the team to defend the British GT titles in 2017.

Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes will also remain with TF Sport as it looks to consistency to repeat the outstanding form the team, and all its drivers, displayed throughout 2016.

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Optimum Motorsport To Defend British GT GT4 Title In 2017 (28.09.16)

Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport has announced it will return to the British GT Championship in 2017 to defend its GT4 title.

Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson will again team up to drive the Ginetta G55 GT4 in the premier national GT championship.

Johnson and Robinson will spend the winter preparing to take on the GT4 class for a season that is predicted to be even more competitive than 2016.

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Championship Organiser SRO Announces Changes To British GT GT3 For 2017 (21.09.16)

SRO, the organiser of the British GT Championship, regarded as the premier national GT championship globally, has announced changes to the GT3 format and classifications.

The intention is to place renewed emphasis on amateur and young professional drivers in the top tier of the championship.

Included in the changes to the format of a race weekend is the additional driving time required by an amateur driver being increased from 50 to 60 minutes, meaning that the compulsory driver change will occur between the 60th and 70th minute in a two-hour race. There will also be an additional 10 minutes of free practice, extending the second FP session to one hour.

A special trophy will also be presented to the winning Silverstone 500 crew, to affirm the significance of the mid-season three-hour race. The newly designed trophy will have the names of winners from 2011 onwards engraved on it.

Perhaps the most significant change to the structure of GT3 racing will be the introduction of a new Silver/Am classification. This is intended to attract the semi-pro driver who has a budget but lacks experience in GT3 machinery.

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Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Celebrates Double Victory In British GT At Donington As TF Sport Win 2016 GT3 Championship (11.09.16)

Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse celebrated a double victory as Rob Bell brought the #70 McLaren 650S GT3 home to win the final round of the 2016 British GT Championship, ahead of the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 with Jonny Adam at the wheel. TF Sport’s second place ensured that Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam secured the GT3 Drivers Championship and the team won the Teams Championship.

Taking the third step on the podium in GT3 was the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which Seb Morris brought across the line after a solid drive from driving partner Rick Parfitt.

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