New Team Hopes To Produce Some Magic In British GT

The 2011 grid for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship continues to grow with new team Magic Racing joining the GT Cup class. The Swedish squad will run a Ginetta G50 in selected events.

Team principal Björn Gustavson will lead the team's driving line up and will be joined by brother Anders at most races. The team hopes to compete at Snetterton, Brands Hatch, Spa, Silverstone and Donington Park, and have recruited series race winner Phil Quaife as their driver coach.

Björn said: “I am delighted to be racing in British GT this season. After a year racing in various events in Sweden and the UK it's great to be able to focus on the GTC class for 2011.”

Team manager Jonny Westbrook added: “British GT is the blue riband championship in the UK and that's why we have chosen to run our Ginetta in the GTC class. While we may not have the outright pace of some our competitors, I believe we have the infrastructure in place for some strong results. We're a young team and are definitely looking toward GT3 in the future. [Championship manager] Benjamin Franassovici has been a great help and I'm really pleased to have people of the calibre of Phil Quaife and Frank Wrathall on board.”

For the Donington Park meeting in September, 2010 Ginetta G50 Champion Frank Wrathall is set to guest drive alongside Björn. Commenting on the move, Wrathall said: “It's great to have been given this opportunity. I jumped at the chance to work with Björn and the Magic Racing team again. The car is great to drive and I'm looking forward to competing in British GT.”

Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici said: “With the influx of new and increasingly exotic machinery to GT championships across the globe, it's easy to forget that the UK is home to some superb engineering talent. Chevron and Ginetta are two UK manufacturers that will be represented well in British GT this year, and the arrival of Team Magic further adds to the diverse and exciting line-up we have across all of the classes.”