2014 British GT Marque-By-Marque Preview: BMW


The #8 BMW Z4 GT3 features an unchanged driver pairing (Credit: Jakob Ebrey)

Almost immediately after it arrived in the British GT Championship the BMW Z4 GT3 has been a race winning car, as Ecurie Ecosse took victory on their debut in 2012. The team ended both that season and last season in title contention. Triple Eight Race Engineering followed into the series a year later, though frustratingly for the team without any of the immediate success, despite being among the pace setters on several occasions last season.

Triple Eight Race Engineering
#8 – Lee Mowle/Joe Osborne
#888 – Derek Johnston/Luke Hines

Mowle and Osborne were one of the most luckless driver pairings of last season, seemingly always the innocent victim in an accident or bothered by mechanical maladies (or pit lane speed penalties). Without doubt if they can avoid that same ill fortune they are potential race winners and in such a competitive championship a single win is likely to leave you fighting for championship glory.

Johnston and Hines come across from MTECH, where they ended the 2013 season together.

Aboard a variety of Ginettas Hines has shown flashes of pace, while former GT Cup Johnston never truly seemed to hit a comfortable stride last season. If both can perform at their best on the same days they are potential point scorers.

Ecurie Ecosse
#79 – Marco Attard/Alexander Sims

Oliver Bryant – the constant of Ecurie Ecosse’s two previous British GT campaign has moved across to their revived Blancpain Endurance Series effort. In his place comes Alexander Sims, a new name among BMW’s expanding stable of works drivers roaming the GT realm. Sims’ recruitment means that the team remain a threat for the championship for a third season as Attard remains one of the stronger ‘Am’ drivers, performing quietly and consistently though most of last season.

Consistency has been the squad’s calling card in their two previous British GT seasons, keeping hold of that card for a third season will be essential if they are to once more challenge for the championship when the series arrives back in Donington to decide the title later in the year.