Live TV For British GT’s Final Round


Aston Martin and BMW, first and second in the title fight (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography))

Motors TV will show next weekend’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship finale live from Donington Park.

The network broadcast the final round of the 2012 season – which ended with Michael Caine and Daniele Perfetti taking the title – as live, but after showing both May’s three hour race at Silverstone and the second of the two races from Zandvoort live the 120-minute title decider will receive the same treatment.

“After showing the final 2012 race as live, both SRO and ourselves made a commitment to live British GT for this year,” said Motors TV’s head of programming Frederic Viguer. “We believe we’ve fulfilled it and we are very excited to show the final round of British GT live. All year long the series has been excellent and the quality in the field is almost unimaginable for a national GT series. The series continues to capture the minds of motorsport fans, and this is thanks to the efforts of SRO.”

Six teams will arrive at the Midlands track with a chance of winning the title, with three capable of guaranteeing themselves the championship by winning the race.

The points are led – though only by half a point – by Beechdean’s Andrew Howard with the Ecurie Ecosse teammates Oliver Bryant and Marco Attard just half a point behind. Reigning champions Motorbase Performance are only 10.5 behind, Caine and Ahmad Al Harthy having already won twice this season.

Porsche works driver Nick Tandy, sharing his Trackspeed entry with 2010 champion David Ashburn, the 888Optimum team of Steve Tandy and Dan Brown and United Autosports’ Matt Bell and Mark Patterson also have a chance of taking the title, though each need increasingly poor showings from the top teams to snatch the honours.

“This year rivals the strong season we had in 2012 and we arrive at Donington Park with just 21 points separating ten drivers,” enthused championship manager Benjamin Franassovicci. “This type of finale creates a fantastic spectacle and we’re happy to provide motorsport fans with an opportunity to see what our series is all about. At the start of the year we said two live races; we’ve actually delivered three, something we’re very proud to offer our customers at this stage of the season.”

The GT4 champion also sits delicately balanced. Despite a controversial non scoring weekend at Zandvoort Optimum Motorsport team Ryan Ratcliffe and Rick Parfitt Jr are still 12.5 points ahead of Declan Jones, who will share the Century Motorsport Ginetta G50 with Nathan Freke once more.

Should the top two hit trouble, Matt Smith and Dan Eagling, first time winners at Zandvoort in the Redgate Lifetime Racing team, lie third, within range of title if they take a podium while Optimum and Century squads fail to score. APO Sport are also able to take the championship, though they need a first win of the season to stand any chance of taking the trophy.

www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have a full preview of the final round of the season in the build-up to the event as well as full coverage of the weekend from the track.