The already large grid for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship will grow still further for the series’ three hour race on the Silverstone Grand Prix track.
The entry list currently stands at 35, with further additions still possible a fortnight before the event as familiar names and teams return to the series along with new teams and drivers.
Having all missed the two hour race at Rockingham earlier this month for various reason, the Rosso Verde, M-Sport Bentley and Preci-Spark teams will all return to the fold. The Preci-Spark McLaren of brothers David and Godfrey Jones – which as an early casualty at Silverstone last season after a practice crash – will be joined by a second MP4-12C piloted by 2011 series champions Jim and Glynn Geddie.
The father and son duo will start their first British GT race since the 2012 race at Silverstone.
“I’m really looking forward to being back in the Avon Tyres British GT championship with my father again,” said Glynn, who drove the McLaren to the championship in last year’s Supercar Challenge series. “Obviously, I was racing last year but to be back with my dad is great. We have wanted to get back into the championship for some time now and this opportunity at Silverstone seemed like the perfect time to do it. Hopefully we can get a good result at a track we both love.”
The GT4 class has also attracted further entries for the ‘Silverstone 500’ event.
Having shared a Ginetta G50 in the class for the last two years Alex Osborne and James May will reunited under the APO Sport banner in a Porsche 911 GT4. While their arrival should add a second GT4 Porsche to the class alongside Team Parker Racing’s example the count of Aston Martin Vantage continues to rise with new team, Track Group, to join the GT4 class.
Their #50 Vantage will be shared by Bolaj Adunsi and former BTCC driver Paul O’Neill.
“Both Alex and I are really excited about being back, it’s been horrible having to sit on the sidelines and watch the first two rounds but it was sadly out of our control,” explained James May. “Due to our driver pairing and the added ballast that came with it last year was a tough one, we however have a new car and new sponsors for this season and can’t wait to get going, especially at our home circuit Silverstone! We have loads of guests coming and it should be a great weekend, hopefully with a debut win!”
After scoring a second place at Rockingham to back up their race two win from Oulton Park the Ecurie Ecosse pairing of Marco Attard and Alexander Sims lead the championship over defending champion Andrew Howard and co-driver Jonny Adam.
MotorsTV will show the full race live. www.theCheckeredFlag.co.uk will have reports from every one of the weekend’s sessions from trackside.