Entering its 26th season this year, the British GT Championship goes from strength-to-strength as the series announced a capacity 36 car grid at the annual Media Day at Donington Park this morning.
The grid, which has been capped at 36 cars due to pitlane restrictions, comprises 13 GT3s, 23 GT4s and a total of 10 different manufacturers and, with the series visiting Formula 1 venues Silverstone (UK) and Spa-Francorchamps (BE), both of which enjoy greater capacity, it is expected that the grids will be even bigger at these events!
“2018’s British GT Championship entry list features all the ingredients necessary to serve up a classic season, and in terms of quality – drivers, teams and manufacturers – it could well turn out to be the best in our history.” said Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici. “Both classes look exceptional, with GT3’s Pro driver roster understandably grabbing most of the early headlines.”
The GT3 Battle
Fighting for the overall honours with their GT3 machinery will be six manufacturers representing four countries; Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Nissan with seven works drivers representing three different brands. The class also features a multitude of race and championship winners; between them the 26 drivers have already won 69 British GT races (outright) and 10 British GT titles (across all classes), as well as five Le Mans 24 Hours, five ELMS crowns, two Blancpain GT Series championships, two overall Total 24 Hours of Spa, an two FIA World Endurance Championships. Two of the reigning Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro winners, plus International GT Open Pro/Am and outright GT Cup champions, will also be on the grid – a stunning display of talent for the fans!
GT4 Continues its Ascendancy
GT4’s meteoric rise also continues in 2018 with three new manufacturers joining the melee; BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-AMG. The ‘newcomers’ join five existing brands: Aston Martin, Ginetta, McLaren, Nissan and Toyota. Together these world-class manufacturers represent the largest and most diverse full-season entry assembled in British GT4’s 11-year history, with 23 cars and eight manufacturers split across 14 teams.
Teams that remained unannounced before the full-season list was issued include Stellar Performance and its two Toyota GT86s, as well as Richardson Racing, who will be ‘one to watch’ entering a Mercedes-AMG GT4. Elsewhere, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern will announce their Team Parker Racing-run car before the opening round, while the driver line-up for Century Motorsport’s second BMW M4 GT4 also remains TBC for now.
Commenting on the size of the GT4 grid Franassovici continued: “It’s incredible to have 23 full-season entries represented by eight manufacturers this year.
“There’s also plenty of talent lurking amongst the GT4 grid that wouldn’t look out of place in GT3 – hopefully many of those drivers will take the opportunity to progress with us over the coming seasons.”
As usual, Sportscarglobal’s photographer Ian will be at all seven-rounds (nine races) of the British GT Championship bringing you the best trackside photos direct to your desktop as the season gets underway at Oulton Park over Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (March 31 & April 2).[Not a valid template]