McLAREN AUTOMOTIVE EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP PARTNERSHIP FOR 2019

  McLaren Automotive has confirmed the partnership with the British GT Championship has been extended for the 2019 season, further strengthening the relationship with the leading GT series in the UK. This announcement will see a variety of models from the range of sports and supercars lead the grid through the supply of the Safety Car for the seven-round calendar. For the fourth successive season, McLaren Automotive will support the SRO-managed series with the supply of the Safety Car at each of the six UK rounds, plus the one overseas…

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Biggest full-season entry in championship’s 27-year history

A record 38 full-season entries will contest the 2019 British GT Championship, which stages its annual Media Day at Donington Park later today (March 5). The series’ 27th campaign maintains the trend of recent seasons by featuring more cars than ever before. Although one-off entries have occasionally resulted in larger grids at specific events, this year’s full-season total across GT3, GTC and GT4 surpasses the previous SRO Motorsports Group era record of 36 set in 2018 and 2014. It is also believed to be the largest since the championship was…

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2017 champions reunite for centenary GT3 assault

Rick Parfitt Jnr, Seb Morris and Bentley will reprise their championship-winning partnership in 2019 after joining forces with former GT1 world champions, JRM. The Pro-Am duo claimed 2017’s British GT3 crown aboard a Team Parker Racing-run first generation Continental GT3. Now, after a season spent contesting different series, they’re back with Bentley’s latest specification GT3 car, which has been made available to customers for the first time. The deal also sees JRM return to British GT for the first time since the end of 2017 when it made a one-off…

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GT4 race winners join to race Optimum Motorsport’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage

British GT4 race winners Mike Robinson and Patrik Matthiesen will join forces this season aboard Optimum Motorsport’s second latest-specification Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4. The reigning GT3 Drivers’ champions concentrated on the senior class in 2018 but confirmed their GT4 return in January by announcing Jack Butel and Connor O’Brien as the first of two pairings. It has now added a second Silver Cup duo in the form of Robinson and Matthiesen, who spent last season with different teams racing different cars. While Matthiesen remained a championship contender with HHC…

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Porsche’s new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport to enter British GT

Porsche’s new 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will contest British GT this season with manufacturer specialist GT Marques plus Pro-Am duo Chris Car and Carrera Cup GB runner-up Dino Zamparelli. It brings the number of manufacturers confirmed for this year’s British GT4 class to eight and also represents Porsche’s first entry since 2017 when the previous-generation Cayman raced. The list of debutants also extends to both drivers and team, although two of the three are no strangers to the German manufacturer. GT Marques is something of a Porsche specialist having previously…

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GT4 champions return to defend title

GT4 Pro-Am champions Nick Jones and Scott Malvern will defend their British GT title with Team Parker Racing in 2019 after revealing their Mercedes-AMG’s new livery at Donington. The duo return for a fourth season together after initially racing both a Ginetta and Porsche before switching to the Mercedes-AMG at the start of 2018. The combination of a new-generation GT4 car and Team Parker’s expertise paid off for Jones and Malvern who claimed two class wins en route to the Pro-Am title. They will face renewed competition to retain their…

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Century Motorsport add second BMW M6 GT3 to championship programme

Century Motorsport has expanded its 2019 British GT Championship programme to include a second BMW M6 GT3 for Pro-Am duo Dominic Paul and Ben Green. The reigning GT4 Teams’ champions initially revealed their senior class entry in December by confirming Adrian Willmott and Jack Mitchell, who also won the 2018 GT4 Drivers’ crown with Century. However, since then the Fenny Compton-based squad has been working on a second M6 entry that now sees last year’s GT4 runner-up Green remain with Century for a third season. The same combination also finished…

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KTM added to GT4 runners in British GT

KTM will return to British GT for the first time since 2011 this season when Track Focused make their championship debut with the X-Bow GT4. Pro-Am pairing Mike McCollum and Sean Cooper will race the canopied second-generation X-Bow, which is yet to contest a British GT race, at all seven rounds. Its open-top predecessor won the GT4 Drivers’ title in 2011 courtesy of ABG Motorsport’s Peter Belshaw and Marcus Clutton, who now acts as one of Track Focused’s development drivers. However, McCollum and team manager Cooper are no strangers to…

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Porsche return to top class of British GT

Porsche will return to British GT’s senior class for the first time in four years this season when G-Cat Racing debuts the new 911 GT3 R. Shamus Jennings and team owner Greg Caton comprise the amateur driver crew scheduled to compete at all seven rounds. The team’s Porsche is believed to be the first 2019-spec 911 GT3 R in Britain. The opening round at Oulton Park will also represent the first time that any Porsche has contested the championship’s senior class since Trackspeed entered an earlier-iteration GT3 model at Silverstone…

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2011 British GT champion Glynn Geddie to partner Ryan Ratcliffe aboard Team Parker Racing’s Bentley Continental GT3

The news comes just over a month after the team initially confirmed it would enter the second-generation Bentley, which makes its domestic debut this year. Geddie won the overall drivers’ title aged just 21 with his father Jim eight years ago but hasn’t raced a GT3 car full-time since 2012. His last British GT outing came with United Autosports in 2014, the same year he contested the entire British Touring Car Championship campaign. His connection with Team Parker stretches back to 2008 when they won Porsche Carrera Cup’s Pro-Am 2…

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New McLaren 720S GT3 to enter British GT

The McLaren 720S GT3 will make its UK competitive debut with Balfe Motorsport, as the multiple championship-winning customer team confirms a return to the British GT Championship in the GT3 class for 2019. The decision also sees McLaren Automotive Factory Driver Rob Bell make a return to the British GT grid as part of a Pro-Am line-up alongside team owner Shaun Balfe, reuniting the driver pairing that took the 2017 International GT Open Pro-Am title. Bell brings significant experience of the McLaren 720S GT3 with him, having played a key…

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TF Sport ready for British GT

TF Sport have their 2019 driver line-up ready for the British GT. That will be a good mix of new and old at the British team with the blue cars. Nicki Thiim will continue with Mark Farmer, while Jonny Adam and Graham Davidson are new in the GT3 cars. The GT3 cars are brand new from the Aston Martin factory. Thiim/Farmer werr close at grabbing the title in 2018, but with some dropout during the season, they ended up missing 19,5 to the first position. The title was won by…

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