Category Archives: British GT Championship

Team Parker Racing Confirms Parfitt And Morris In Bentley Continental GT3 For 2017 British GT Championship. (20.03.17)

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Desford, Leicestershire-based Team Parker Racing has announced that its 2016 driver pairing of Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris, who took the team to third place in both the GT3 Teams and Drivers Championships, will be back in the Bentley Continental GT3 for 2017.

The pair had a very successful debut season together in 2016 with a victory at Oulton Park, four pole positions and five podium finishes. They return for 2017 with a new sponsor and livery as part of an expanded two-car line-up that also features Ian Loggie and Callum Macleod.

21-year old Morris has his sights firmly set on the 2017 GT3 title.

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The EGT Friday Sportscar Round-Up (17.03.17)

Photo Above: United Autosports

With the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello this weekend, The Prologue to the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship just over a week away and the European Le Mans Series test at Monza the following week, the 2017 endurance and GT-racing season is bursting into life.

As a result, this week saw announcements concerning, amongst others, the Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup, the European Le Mans Series and the British GT Championship.

United Autosports started the week with the announcement that race team owner, driver, businessman and former professional baseball player CJ Wilson and compatriot Andrew Evans will be joining the team for an assault on the 2017 Henderson Insurance Brokers LMP3 Cup. Wilson retired from professional baseball at the age of 36 and now owns a substantial automotive dealership business, amongst other businesses.

“My goal is to develop as a driver and climb the ranks,” said Wilson. “United Autosports has proven they can win at develop drivers. Andrew and I decided that this is a huge opportunity to get across the Atlantic and challenge ourselves with an incredible platform in LMP3.”

Read the full story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

Century Motorsport confirmed its entries in the GT4 class of the 2017 British GT Championship. Anna Walewska will be returning the team to partner highly-experienced Ginetta driver Mike Simpson. The sister car will feature two names new to the British GT Championship but both are experienced endurance racers. Stephen Fresle and Dane Jacob Mathiassen, who competed in the Britcar Endurance series in 2016, will pilot Century Motorsport’s second entry in the GT4 class.

“It’s great to be back in British GT with Century Motorsport after our success last year,” said Anna Walewska. “I am excited to race with Mike Simpson who has so much experience to bring to the team. Together we will be a fierce driver pairing and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.”

Read the full story on EnduranceandGT.co.uk here.

In the European Le Mans Series, which opens at Silverstone on April 15, Panis-Barthez Compétition has announced its driver line-ups for its LMP2 and LMP3 entries. Nathanaël Berthon, Fabien Barthez and Timothé Buret will pilot the Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 class while Eric Debard, Simon Gacher and young American driver Theo Bean will form the driving line-up for the team’s Ligier JS P3.

Team Principal Olivier Panis said: “I am very happy to start our program. The arrival of the new Ligier JS P217 in LMP2 is going to make us reach a turning point in terms of technical and physical performance. It will also require a higher level of driving. That is why we wished to have a driver with solid experience in Endurance by Fabien and Timothé’s sides and Nathanaël Berthon meets this requirement.”

Read the full story here.

At G-Drive by DragonSpeed, Léo Roussel has been confirmed as the third full-season driver for its ORECA 07, joining Memo Rojas and Ryo Hirakawa. The young Frenchman completes the two–car European Le Mans Series effort for the team who will also be racing under the 10Star DragonSpeed banner for its second car, to be driven by Henrik Hedman, Nicolas Lapierre and Ben Hanley.

You can read the full story here.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship enters its second round this weekend with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fuelled By Fresh From Florida. The flag drops for the start of the US classic at 10:40 local time (06:40 GMT for UK fans). Click here for the provisional entry list.

Also racing this weekend is the 24H SERIES 12H Mugello. The first six-hour session starts at 14:00 local time. The excellent live-timing screen can be accessed here.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re racing and watching, have a great sportscar weekend!

Century Motorsport Confirms Two-Car GT4 Assault On 2017 British GT Championship (15.03.17)

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After recently announcing its graduation to the premier class in the 2017 British GT Championship, Yorkshire-based Century Motorsport confirmed its commitment to the GT4 class with a two-car assault this season.

Anna Walewska returns to the team, her third year in the British GT Championship, to join Mike Simpson in the Ginetta G55 GT4. Anna Walewska, partnered with Nathan Freke in 2016, finished 7th in the GT4 Drivers Championship and is excited to be back this year.

“It’s great to be back in British GT with Century Motorsport after our success last year,” said Walewska. “I am excited to race with Mike Simpson who has so much experience to bring to the team. Together we will be a fierce driver pairing and I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds.”

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British GT Championship Announces Live TV Coverage By Front Runner From UK Circuits In 2017 (09.03.17)

The British GT Championship has announced live coverage of the UK rounds of the 2017 season by Front Runner, the UK’s only free-to-air sports channel.

Coverage will start from the opening rounds at Oulton Park on April 17. Live coverage will also be offered from Rockingham and Snetterton before the championship’s blue riband event, the Silverstone 500, a three-hour race, on June 11.

Although coverage from Spa-Francorchamps is not part of the Front Runner deal, the two final rounds of the season, from Brands Hatch and Donington, will be shown live.

British GT Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici is delighted that, for the first time in the 25-year history of the UK’s premier GT series, live coverage is being offered for all UK rounds.

“This is fantastic news for British GT and MINI challenge, their drivers and teams, who, together with Front Runner, now have a platform capable of reaching millions of new and existing fans,” said Franassovici. “It’s really exciting to be bucking the trend of motor racing, and sport in general, by offering live free-to-air coverage throughout our 25th anniversary season.”

Front Runner’s Ryan Scarratt said: “We’re delighted to be broadcasting live British GT and MINI Challenge coverage on Front Runner. I’m sure motorsport fans everywhere will be tuning in to watch all the action as it happens this season.”

Parker Chase and Charlie Robertson To Join Century Motorsport for 2017 British GT GT3 Campaign (08.03.17)

Photo above: Centurymotorsport.com

Fenny Compton-based Century Motorsport has announced that Charlie Robertson and New Braunsfel, Texas-based Parker Chase will be sharing the driving duties in its second Ginetta G55 GT3 entry in the 2017 British GT Championship.

Chase already has one years’ experience in the GT4 version of the Ginetta G55, having raced in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge for Performance Motorsport Group and finishing fourth in the drivers standings.

Chase a.a. 17.03.08

Photo: Centurymotorsport.com

Chase is delighted at the opportunities that the Century Motorsport campaign offers.

“I am very excited to extend my arrangement with Ginetta,” said Chase. “2016 was an incredibly successful year in the G55 GT4. I can’t wait to be part of the 2017 season with Ginetta in the GT3 car. This will be another exciting year. I really appreciate all of Ginetta’s support.”

Robertson a.a. 17.03.08

Photo: Centurymotorsport.com

Robertson has extensive experience of Ginetta, having won the 2012 Ginetta Junior title and the 2014 Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Robertson further extended his relationship with the Garforth-based constructor when he won the 2015 European Le Mans Series LMP3 class alongside Sir Chris Hoy. As a development driver for Ginetta, Robertson has also been responsible for much of the GT3 car’s winter testing programme.

“I’m very excited to be racing with Century Motorsport, partnering Parker Chase in British GT,” said Robertson. “It will be a new challenge for both of us, and my first full season in GT3.”

Century Motorsport Team Principal Clive Freke said: “2017 is set to be a very significant year for Century Motorsport where we hope to try and stick to what we do best, but push the boundaries by investing in British GT, but this time entering two cars into GT3 for the first time.”

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

Jan Jønck Joins Macmillan AMR GT4 Line-Up For 2017 British GT Championship (08.03.17)

18-year-old Danish driver Jan Jønck has joined Macmillan AMR to partner Williams Phillips in the team’s Aston Martin Vantage V8 GT4.

The young Dane began his driving career in karts in 2011 and raced in two rounds of the Formula 4 Italy Championship in 2014. In 2016, he contested the BRDC Formula 3 Championship with Sean Walkinshaw Racing, finishing 16th in the standings.

“Britain has always been a mecca for motorsport and I’m very excited to be developing my career in the UK,” said Jønck. “It’s a great place to race.”

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