Ford Chip Ganassi Racing To Enter Four Ford GTs at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (14.12.16)

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.

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Rick Parfit Jnr. Discusses His 2016 British GT Season With Team Parker Racing (10.12.16)

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.

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CREVENTIC 24H SERIES Highlights To Air On New UK Free-To-Air Front Runner (09.12.16)

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.

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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.

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Griffin And Tordoff To Share Barwell Motorsport Huracán GT3 In 2017 British GT Championship (30.11.16)

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.

Osborne and Pattison To Campaign McLaren 570S GT4 With Tolman Motorsport For 2017 British GT Championship (23.11.16)

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.

2017 British GT Championship Grid Starts to Take Shape

With the final round of the 2016 British GT season now over two months ago, teams are working fast to get plans into place for next year. Contrary to whispers at the end of the season of the demise of GT3 in the national championship, three teams have already announced plans for the premier class in 2017.

AmDTuning.com has announced that it will run dual campaigns in both the British GT Championship and the Michelin Le Mans Cup, which sits alongside the European Le Mans Series. The West Thurrock-based team will campaign a 2017-spec Mercedes-AMG GT3 with drivers for the Michelin Le Mans Cup already confirmed as Lee Mowle and Phil Keen.

“Having enjoyed our first season of GT3 competition this year, it was always our intention to secure a ‘latest generation’ car for 2017 and we are delighted to confirm we will be running the Mercedes-AMG GT3 next season, “ said Team Principal Shaun Hollamby. “The car is a proven winner on track having taken the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup title and victory in the Nurburgring 24 Hours and we’re confident that it is the right car to carry us to success.”

Also campaigning a Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the British GT Championship in 2017 will be Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing. Martin Short and Richard Neary drove the team’s BMW Z4 GT3 in 2016 and have reconfirmed their commitment to the championship by buying a brand new car.

“It’s one of the latest cars and proved its credentials in Europe last season,” said Martin Short. “We were able to have a good look at it when Black Falcon joined British GT at Spa. It was immediately clear how good the build quality and AMG customer service was, and then following it on track gave us an idea of how it handles. That was very apparent when Richard and I tested one at Hockenheim. It’s the best GT car I’ve ever driven and should be well suited to British circuits.”

Stepping up to GT3 in 2017 will be Macmillan Racing who will be adding an Aston Martin GT3 to its existing GT4 entry. Jack Mitchell has been confirmed to drive the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, which will be receiving assistance from Prodrive.

“It’s been a big surprise and also a big jump!” said Mitchell. “Myself and the team spent last year learning the ropes so it was good to get a few podiums. It could be more of the same in 2017 but I’m really excited about the challenge.”

“This is such an exciting announcement”, said Team Principal David Macmillan. “Racing at the very highest level in the UK, with just one season of racing behind us, may seem like a big step but we are ready for the challenge.”

After enjoying its debut season with the Maserati GT MC GT4, which included celebrating a second place in class at Oulton Park, York-based Ebor GT has announced its intention to campaign two examples of the iconic Italian marque in the 2017 British GT Championship.

Ebor GT drivers Abbie Eaton and Marcus Hoggarth finished joint second in the GT4 Pro-Am Drivers standings in 2016 and the team is focused on building on that success next season.

The first round of the 2017 British GT Championship takes place at Oulton Park on April 15 – 17.