Academy Motorsport has announced that it will enter a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT4s in the 2018 British Gt Championship, the first time Matt Nicol-Jones’ team has run two-car entry since 2015.
Three of the four drivers have been announced.
Jan Jonck, who drove the #42 Macmillan AMR Vantage GT4 partnered with William Phillips and who finished seventh in the GT4 drivers standings, will partner with 16-year-old Tom Wood. Wood finished fifth in the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship.
The sister car will be driven by Matt Nicoll-Jones alongside a driver whose name is still be confirmed.
Nicoll-Jones is excited at the opportunities for the two-car Aston Martin campaign for the upcoming season.
“We were fairly consistent throughout 2017 but couldn’t always demonstrate what the car was truly capable of until the final rounds,” said Nicoll-Jones. “That’s laid the foundations for our expansion back up to two entries once again and I feel like everything’s now in place to have a really good run at both titles.”
The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2 with the Media Day launch to be held this year at Donington on March 8.
Market Drayton-based ERC Sport has announced that it will enter the 2018 British GT Championship with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 to be driven by Yelmer Buurman and car owner Lee Mowle.
Mowle has moved from AMDTuning.com to the new team established by Keith Cheatham.
Dutchman Buurman has significant experience in the Mercedes-AMG GT3 having won the 2018 24H Dubai with the marque and Team Black Falcon.
Buurman is looking forward to tackling the premier national GT championship with ERC Sport and Lee Mowle.
Continue reading ERC Sport / Mowle / Buurman To Enter 2018 British GT Championship (13.02.18)
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Rochester-based Team HARD has announced it will campaign two Ginetta G55 GT4s in the 2018 British GT Championship.
The team, led by Team Principal Tony Gilham, is also set to announce a new driver line-up for its two-car entry.
Team Manager Gary Allen is looking forward to the new season after a frustrating 2017.
“It was touch and go for a while as to whether we had our two cars accepted for 2018,” said Gary Allen. “The appeal of GT racing and the SRO package has meant that the series is in fact over-subscribed, so it was a case of working as hard as possible to make sure we were in the best shape possible following approval of our entries.”
“We now have a dedicated GT factory and have built a very solid infrastructure as we look to challenge again for the team championship we won in 2016.”
Currently the team has a Silver pairing agreed for the first car as well as a driver described by the team as a ‘star of the future’ in the sister car.
Team HARD Team Principle Tony Gilham is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.
“GT4 is growing at a very fast rate and the level of competition is very high,” said Tony Gilham. “We are under no illusions about how strong the grid will be this year but are more than ready and as a team we are always up for the challenge. I think the rise of interest in the GT world, and especially GT4, makes it a very appealing career move for up-and-coming racing drivers. Couple that with our unique concept as a team and that is arguably one of the best overall packages available.”
The 2018 British GT Championship season opens at Oulton Park on March 31 – April 2.
Photo: Andy Lloyd
Current British GT Championship GT3 champion Rick Parfitt Jnr will be joined by Ryan Ratcliffe for the 2018 premier national GT championship season, driving one of two Bentley Continental GT3s entered by Team Parker Racing.
Parfitt sought a new driving partner after former team-mate Seb Morris decided to seek fresh challenges in Europe this season.
Parfitt and Ratcliffe are not strangers, however, having won the British GT GT4 title in the Optimum Motorsport Ginetta G50 GT4 in 2013.
Continue reading Reigning British GT GT3 Champion Rick Parfitt Jnr To Be Joined By Ryan Ratcliffe For 2018 Campaign (06.02.18)
Fenny Compton-based Century Motorsport has announced that it will enter a pair of BMW M4 GT4s for the forthcoming British GT Championship.
The team has also announced its first driver pairing of Ben Tuck and Ben Green with the expectation that the line-up for the sister car will be announced shortly.
The switch of marques for the British GT Championship is a major departure for Team Principal Nathan Freke’s team, which has campaigned Ginetta G50 and G55s since its entry into the premier national GT championship in 2009.
Continue reading Century Motorsport To Campaign BMW M4 GT4s In 2018 British GT Championship (31.01.18)
Grantham, Lincolnshire-based Balfe Motorsport will return to the British GT Championship for the first time since 2013 with entries in both the GT3 and GT4 classes.
Shaun Balfe will partner Rob Bell in the GT3 category with their McLaren 650S GT3 while Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson will bring their PMW Expo Racing McLaren 570S GT4 to the team.
Shaun Balfe and Ron Bell are the current International GT Open Pro/Am champions after a season that saw them winning in Portugal, Britain and Italy.
Continue reading Balfe Motorsport Returns To British GT Championship With GT3 And GT4 Campaign (23.01.18)