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Jonny Adam Looking Forward To New Season With Derek Johnston And TF Sport in British GT Championship (28.03.17)

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Two-time British GT Champion in the GT3 class, Jonny Adam was speaking at the Media Day for the launch of the 2017 season for the premier national GT championship.

Adam, partnered for the second year with Derek Johnston in the #1 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3, is not going into the new season thinking it will be an easy ride.

“It’s going to be difficult,” said Adam. “Last year we had a great season with TF Sport and a new teammate last year with Derek. It was a great season with great success but this year it will be really difficult. I think everyone’s upped their game over the winter. There’s a new tyre with Pirelli. We’ve done a lot of testing with this tyre and it seems to suit the Aston quite well. What we want is consistency. We won the championship last year, yes, but we didn’t have the consistency in the middle part of the year so our focus is to have that throughout.

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British GT Championship ‘Very Happy’ With Grid For 2017 (28.03.17)

Photo Above: Andy Lloyd

The 2017 British GT Championship was launched at Snetterton on Tuesday March 28 to a foggy start. That didn’t reduce the enthusiasm, however, for the teams, media and spectators who assembled at the Norfolk circuit for the traditional season launch of the premier national GT series.

Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship Manager, explained the evolutions that the championship had undergone during the winter break.

“We want to keep the platform stable so we don’t need to change the format too much. What is important is that we have live TV this year,” explained Franassovici. “SRO is investing in live TV and we will be live for six rounds out of seven. Spa will be streamed live. Front Runner TV will be hosting our programme and they’re very proactive. We look forward to producing a great programme for this new channel. We will be on Channel 4 as usual as we have been the last ten years.”

Franassovici explained some of the sporting changes that have taken place.

“We’ve increased track-time during free practice targeted at the gentleman driver and the (Am) two-hour race format driving time has been increased from 50 minutes to 60.”

The Championship Manager is also delighted at the entry list for the 2017 season.

“We’re again at capacity,” said Franassovici. “We’re very excited to see that GT3 is doing very well. Some people during the winter were saying that it was dead. That is not the case. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes ensuring that the platform is there and you can see that we have twelve cars there full-season which is very healthy. We will have some cars joining us on a race-by–race basis so we are very pleased.”

AmDtuning.com #30 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Photo: Andy Lloyd)
AmDtuning.com #30 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Photo: Andy Lloyd)

“It’s great to have new models joining British GT,” said Franassovici. “We have the new Mercedes joining us with AmDtuning.com and Team ABBA. We also have the new Ferrari F488 which will be run as Spirit of Race. There are two Bentleys for Team Parker Racing and Barwell Motorsport with their two very popular Lamborghinis. We’re very happy to have Derek Johnston back fighting for his title.”

“So GT3 is doing very well and will continue to do so.”

“In GT4 we have McLaren coming with six cars which is a great achievement from their side. It’s a popular car. Then we also have the return of Nissan in GT4. I’m very happy to have the variety and numbers across two classes which are both very healthy.”

The season-opening round of the 2017 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17

Nick Jones And Scott Malvern To Campaign Team Parker Racing-Run Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport In British GT Championship (27.03.17)

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Nick Jones and Scott Malvern have announced that they will contest the 2017 British GT Championship in in their Team Parker Racing-run Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Jones and Parker intended to run the full 2016 season in the Porsche but, due to delivery problems, were unable to get the car out until the Silverstone round. Even at that round the care was lacking the full ‘MR’ kit necessary for it to be fully competitive.

However for the new season the duo will have the car ready with the full MR kit from the first round at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.

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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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