New UK free-to-air sports-dedicated TV channel Front Runner has announced that it will be adding to its motorsports coverage with highlights from the 2016 BRDC Formula 3 season.
Beginning on Sunday December 17, Front Runner will add BRDC British Formula 3 highlights to compliment its 24H Series highlights, also being aired on Sunday evenings.
“Front Runner already showcases a wide variety of sports and motorsport has always been an exciting area we’ve been looking to develop further,” said Front Runner’s Ryan Scarratt. “We’ve started by airing highlights from this year’s 24H Series on Sunday evenings at 6.00pm with repeats throughout the week. As that series continues, we’re delighted to be adding Formula 3 to our programming schedule too.”
Richard Hay, producer of British F3 – Season review said: “The British F3 Championship has a long and proud history stretching back over 50 years. Race winners and champions include names like Senna, Hakkinen, Button and Ricciardo.”
“Thanks to Jonathan Palmer it has been rejuvenated for 2016 and as the premier UK single-seater series it is the best place to see the Formula One stars of the future honing their skills”
Front Runner is available on Freeview ch91, FreeSat ch260, Talk Talk/GT ch91 and Sky ch468.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has announced that all four of its Ford GTs, two from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and two from the FIA World Endurance Championship, will contest January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
This will be the first time that all four cars have been together on the same circuit since the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2016.
Continue reading Ford Chip Ganassi Racing To Enter Four Ford GTs at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (14.12.16)
EnduranceAndGT.co.uk editor Andy Lloyd recently spoke with Rick Parfitt Jnr. to discuss his season with Team Parker Racing in the 2016 British GT Championship driving the Bentley Continental GT3 where he and Seb Morris finished joint third in the GT3 Drivers Championship.
Now that the dust has settled on this season, did the decision to join Team Parker Racing, partner with Seb Morris and drive the Bentley Continental GT3 live up to your expectations?
“It exceeded my expectations. I had come off a really tough first year in GT3 with Ginetta where it was very difficult year with many reliability issues. I’d known Seb since he was in Ginetta Juniors but obviously no one knew what he was going to be like in a GT car. I liked Seb and I’ve always said that if it’s a happy pit, the results usually follow because obviously the partnership is very, very important in GT racing. From my point of view, I’m doing this to take it as far as I can and realise a dream so therefore there has to be an element of fun to it. If there’s not fun to it, what’s the point of doing it?
Seb and I get on very well and it became very evident as soon as we went testing that he was going to be absolutely ballistic and I was going pretty well as well so the season definitely exceeded expectations because if someone had said at the start of the season we’d finish in the top six I’d have taken that. At the first round we turned up and put it on pole but had the victory robbed from us by the Code 80. If that had gone our way I think the rest of the season might have fallen into place. The fact is at the end of the season we were still challenging for the title. So it was a pretty good first year.”
I had heard Seb interviewed on Midweek Motorsport back in the summer and I thought then what a very sensible, focused driver he was with a very clear plan as to how he wanted his career to develop. It was clearly a very good partnership for you both.
Continue reading Rick Parfit Jnr. Discusses His 2016 British GT Season With Team Parker Racing (10.12.16)
Free-to-air sports-dedicated TV channel Front Runner has announced that it will be showing highlights from the 2016 CREVENTIC 24H SERIES powered by Hankook and the 24H TCE SERIES powered by Hankook as part of a new motorsports initiative.
Front Runner, the UK’s first and only free-to-air channel dedicated to sports, will broadcast a weekly show on Sundays at 6.00pm beginning on December 11.
The show will air on Freeview, FreeSat and Talk Talk/BT and will be repeated at 6.00pm on Tuesdays through the same providers and also including Sky.
Continue reading CREVENTIC 24H SERIES Highlights To Air On New UK Free-To-Air Front Runner (09.12.16)
Barwell Motorsport has announced that Liam Griffin and Sam Tordoff will drive one of its Lamborghini Huracán GT3s in the 2017 British GT Championship.
Sam Tordoff, who finished second in 2016 British Touring Car Championship had announced recently that he would not be returning to the TOCA package next year but would instead be pursuing other opportunities.
Liam Griffin finished the season 5th in the GT3 Drivers Championship and enjoyed a win at Oulton Park in Round 3 alongside Adam Carroll.
“I am really excited about 2017 as I embark on a career in GT racing,” said Tordoff. “It is something we have looked at pursuing for a while, and when this opportunity presented itself with Liam and Barwell Motorsport it was the perfect time to jump ship. I’ve known Liam for a long time and I think together in the Lamborghini we have all the tools in place to mount a serious title challenge.”
Liam Griffin is equally looking forward to the new partnership.
“I’m really pleased to be back in BGT for 2017 and with a new team-mate that might raise a few eyebrows!” said Griffin. “Sam had a great year in BTCC being both quick and consistent, attributes that are well suited to GT racing and ones that I hope rub off on me, to allow us to compete at the sharp end of the Championship.”
“Sam has emerged as one of the UK’s most talented and successful star drivers,” said Team Principal Marks Lemmer. “He has all of the ingredients that we would look for to make a top quality GT driver. It is an absolute pleasure to welcome him to the ‘Barwell family’ for his first full season in GTs to partner Liam. It’s great to welcome Liam back. I’ve got a really positive feeling about this paring.”
The 2017 British GT Championship kicks off at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.
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.