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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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.
Continue reading Championship Organiser SRO Announces Changes To British GT GT3 For 2017 (21.09.16)
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.
Continue reading Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Celebrates Double Victory In British GT At Donington As TF Sport Win 2016 GT3 Championship (11.09.16)
The #11 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam took pole position for the final round of the 2016 British GT Championship at Donington on September 11.
The team gambled on the conditions being considerable drier for qualifying, in contrast to the rain and drizzle that affected the two morning practice sessions.
Johnston set a time of 1:29.366 in the GT3 Am qualifying session, .011 seconds quicker than the #1 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Andrew Howard, returning for the final round of the Championship.
Pro driver Adam then went on to set a lap-time of 1:27.602, the quickest time of the GT3 Pro session, to put the #11 car on pole with a aggregate time of 2:56.968, .414 seconds ahead of the #79 Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse McLaren 650S GT3 driven by Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell.
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In conditions marginally improved from FP1, Tolman Motorsport again topped the GT3 time-sheets in FP2 with a 1:41.524 set by Ian Simpson.
Times throughout the session fell as the rain which affected the first session was officially classed as ‘drizzle’.
Two brief red-flag periods interrupted proceedings. The first followed an off-track excursion by the #72 Stratton Motorsport Lotus Evora GT4 with Tim Eakin at the wheel. The second involved the #31 Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3 which, at the time of the incident, was being driven by Rick Parfitt. Parfitt touched the wall on pit-entry resulting in light damage to the front splitter. The car was pushed back into the garage for repairs and missed the remainder of the session.
Continue reading Tolman Motorsport And Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse Quickest In British GT FP2 At Donington Park (10.09.16)