Category Archives: British GT Championship

Optimum Motorsport Focuses On GT4 In Final Rounds Of British GT

Wakefield-based Optimum Motorsport will be focusing on the British GT GT4 Championship after it announced that it had withdrawn its Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the remainder of the season.

The team had announced in July that it would be parting company with GT3 drivers Will Moore and Ryan Ratcliffe due to disappointing results as a consequence of the weight penalties incurred from running two Silver-rated drivers.

At the time, Team Principal Shaun Goff indicated he would be seeking new driving talent in the GT3 class. However it now appears that the decision has been taken to withdraw from GT3 and throw all the team’s efforts behind securing the GT4 class at both team and driver level.

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All To Play For – British GT At Snetterton

After making its annual cross-channel trip to Spa-Francorchamps, the 2016 British GT Championship returns to home soil at Snetterton for rounds seven and eight on August 7.

Spa saw a hard-fought victory for the #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Mark Farmer and Jon Barnes which was chased to the line by the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 with Seb Morris at the wheel. Barwell Motorsport had another solid weekend, taking the final podium slot with the #33 Lamborghini Huracán driven by Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen.

As a result, the top of the GT3 Teams Championship sees only a 6.5 point difference with TF Sport leading the standings with 185.5 points and Barwell Motorsport close behind on 179. At the top of the GT3 Drivers Championship there is similar close battle with the #17 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driver pairing of Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam sharing first place on 106 points each with the #33 Lamborghini Huracán driver pairing of Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen in joint second on 97.5.

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Beechdean AMR Announces Further Changes For British GT At Snetterton

Following the announcement on July 25 that the Beechdean AMR #1 Vantage GT3 would not appear at Snetterton on August 6 and 7, the High Wycombe-based team has announced further changes for the next round of the 2016 British GT Championship.

The team has announced that Jordan Albert, who partnered Jack Bartholomew in the #407 Aston martin Vantage GT4, has left the team. Bartholomew and Albert are currently joint second in the GT4 Drivers Championship with Beechdean AMR currently fourth in the GT4 Teams Championship.

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Beechdean AMR Withdraws #1 GT3 From British GT At Snetterton (25.07.16)

Following damage sustained to the #1 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 at the sixth round of the 2016 British GT Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Beechdean AMR has withdrawn the car from the Snetterton round on August 7.

The #1 car was involved in a collision on the opening lap and the damage meant the car had to be retired from the two-hour race.

“I am hugely disappointed that the car will be unable to take part in the upcoming race at Snetterton,” said Team Principal and driver Andrew Howard. “We always knew that this was going to be a development year for us, and sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth. British GT is an important series for us and we will continue to take part in the championship, despite this set back. I hope the championship continues to be the proving ground for the amateur driver.”

#1 Beechdean AMR GT3 driver Ross Gunn is also disappointed at the news.

“It is a devastating blow for the team and I am disappointed that we will have to sit out Snetterton but it is all part of the risk when racing, crashes happen,” said Gunn. “The team have always done a great job and focused on the most important programs.”

Beechdean AMR will, however, have its two GT4 cars out on track, the #407 and #408 Vantage GT4s, with Jamie Chadwick and Paul Hollywood partnering in their second race together of the 2016 season.

The next round of the 2016 British GT season will be held at Snetterton on August 7.

Optimum Motorsport To Field New Driver Line-Up For British GT (22.07.16)

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.

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Abbie Eaton Seeking Sponsors For Final Rounds of 2016 British GT Championship (19.07.16)

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!”

Abbie Eaton can be contacted at abbieeatonracing@hotmail.com.