British GT entry list confirmed with 33 cars taking part


The entry list for the 2016 British GT Championship has been unveiled with 33 cars taking on the nine-round season, including a number of surprise entries.

Like last year, the grid is almost perfectly split between GT3 and GT4 entries – but this year the pendulum has swung towards the GT4 class with 18 cars making up the field.

One of the more surprising entries in the GT4 class comes from Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse which will run the development season for the just-launched McLaren 570S GT4. The driver pairing hasn’t been announced for that entry yet, but Rob Bell handled driving duties for the media day test.

McLaren's new GT4 challenger (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)
McLaren’s new GT4 challenger (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

There are a number of other surprising entries into the GT4 class with GPRM and Beechdean-AMR both announcing two-car entries in the class, with Toyota GT86s and Aston Martin Vantages respectively.

For GPRM, their drivers are still full of TBAs with the exception of Stefan Hodgetts who will continue to race the car he has become very familiar with over the last few seasons.

In the Beechdean team, the previously announced pairing of Jordan Albert and Jack Bartholomew will be joined in a sister Vantage by reigning GT4 champion Jamie Chadwick and Great British Bake Off star – as well as increasingly rapid racing driver – Paul Hollywood. That car will be a Pro/Am entry.

Elsewhere in GT4, news of note is the lack of last year’s GT4 runners up ISSY Racing whose Lotus Evora provided good competition for Beechdean last year will not be out this year. Also absent this year are the two Academy Motorsport Aston Martin Vantages, but in their place are two Generation AMR entries – one for Macmillan Racing with Jack Mitchell and Matty Graham behind the wheel, and another for SuperRacing with James Holder and Matthew George competing in that.

Other entries include the JWB Motorsport Aston for Kieran Griffin and Jake Giddings, as well as a Ginetta G55 GT4 for PMW Expo/Optimum Motorsport with Mike Robinson and Graham Johnson once again competing together in that entry.

The two Team HARD cars, Ginetta G55 GT4s in a very eye-catching pink and green livery, have been entered under the RCIB Insurance Racing banner with Robert Barrable and Wilson Thompson in one, with Jordan Stilp and William Phillips in the other.

RCIB Insurance Racing's Ginetta G55 (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)
RCIB Insurance Racing’s Ginetta G55 (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

Moving into the premier GT3 class, there are no notable surprises compared to last year, except for the absence of both the Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 cars – those of Preci-Spark and Ram Racing. Also absent is Ferrari with both FF Corse and Rosso Verde not lodging a full-season entry.

One additional entry, compared to those that have been announced over the last months, is a second BMW Z4 GT3 for AmDTuning.com but drivers are yet to be announced for that.

The other 14 cars feature some of the best talent in GT racing with reigning GT3 champions Beechdean leading the entry list in their Aston Martin for Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn which will no doubt have one objective – retain their title.

Indeed, Beechdean are one of five Aston Martin Vantage GT3s on the entry for British GT. One car apiece have been entered for PFL Motorsport and Motorbase Performance as well as a pair for TF Sport.

Elsewhere, there are two Lamborghini Huracan GT3s for Barwell Motorsport, two Ginetta G55 GT3s for Tolman Motorsport and an Audi R8 LMS for Optimum Motorsport alongside the Team Parker Racing Bentley.

Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)
Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental (Credit: Nick Smith/TheImageTeam.com)

In terms of drivers there are a number of British GT champions, read Jonny Adam and Jon Barnes, mixing it with rapid gentleman drivers such as Jon Minshaw, Lee Mowle and Liam Griffin and up-and-coming stars of GT like Seb Morris, Joe Osborne and Jody Fannin. All of whom will no doubt be up for a great fight in 2016

The first round of the British GT Championship kicks off at Brands Hatch on April 16/17.

2016 British GT Championship entry list

TeamNumberCarDriver 1Driver 2ClassCategory
Beechdean AMR 1Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Andrew Howard Ross GunnGT3Pro/AM
AMDtuning.com4BMW Z4 GT3TBATBAGT3TBA
PFL Motorsport 5Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Pete LittlerJody FanninGT3Pro/AM
Barwell Motorsport 6Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Liam GriffinFabio Babini/Alexander SimsGT3Pro/AM
aMDtuning.com 7BMW Z4 GT3Lee MowleJoe OsborneGT3Pro/AM
Motorbase Performance 8Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Phil DryburghRoss WylieGT3Pro/AM
TF Sport 11Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Mark FarmerJon BarnesGT3Pro/AM
Optimum Motorsport14Audi R8 LMS GT3Ryan RatcliffeWill MooreGT3Silver
TF Sport 17Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Derek JohnstonJonny AdamGT3Pro/AM
Team Parker Racing 31Bentley Continental GT3Rick ParfittSeb MorrisGT3Pro/AM
Tolman Motorsport 32Ginetta G55 GT3Ian StintonMike SimpsonGT3Pro/AM
Barwell Motorsport 33Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Jon MinshawPhil KeenGT3Pro/AM
Tolman Motorsport 56Ginetta G55 GT3David PattisonLuke DavenportGT3Pro/AM
Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse79McLaren 650S GT3Alasdair McCaigRob BellGT3Pro/AM
Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing 88BMW Z4 GT3Richard NearyMartin ShortGT3AM
Century Motorsport 40Ginetta G55 GT4Sean ByrneAleksander SchjerpenGT4Pro/AM
Generation AMR MacMillan Racing 42Aston Martin Vantage GT4Matthew GrahamJack MitchellGT4SIlver
Generation AMR SuperRacing 44Aston Martin Vantage GT4James HolderMatthew GeorgeGT4Pro/AM
RCIB INSURANCE RACING45Ginetta G55 GT4Jordan StilpWilliam PhillipsGT4Silver
JW Bird Motorsport47Aston Martin Vantage GT4Kieran Griffin Jake Giddings GT4Pro/AM
PMW Expo / Optimum Motorsport 50Ginetta G55 GT4Graham JohnsonMike Robinson GT4Pro/AM
Lanan Racing51Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubsportJoey Foster Alex Reed GT4Silver
Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse59McLaren 570S GT4TBATBAGT4Silver
Ebor GT60Maserati GT MC GT4Marcus Hoggarth Abbie EatonGT4Pro/AM
Simpson Motorsport66Porsche Cayman GT4 ClubsportNick JonesScott MalvernGT4Pro/AM
GPRM68Toyota GT86TBATBAGT4TBA
Stratton Motorsport 70Lotus Evora GT4Robin ShuteWill HunholzGT4SIlver
Stratton Motorsport 71Aston Martin Vantage GT4David TinnRobin MarriotGT4AM
Century Motorsport 73Ginetta G55 GT4Anna WalewskaNathan FrekeGT4Pro/AM
RCIB INSURANCE RACING75Ginetta G55 GT4Robert BarrableWilson ThompsonGT4Silver
GPRM86Toyota GT86Stefan HodgettsTBAGT4Pro/AM
Beechdean AMR 407Aston Martin Vantage GT4Jordan AlbertJack BartholomewGT4Silver
Beechdean AMR 408Aston Martin Vantage GT4Paul HollywoodJamie ChadwickGT4Pro/AM