After entering the final two rounds of the 2012 season under the Cyber Racing banner Phil Dryburgh and John Gaw will return to the Avon Tyres British GT Championship this season, competing as PGF–Kinfaun–AMR.
Just as in the 2012 appearances at Silverstone and Donington Park the pair will share a GT3 Aston Martin Vantage, bringing the number of such machines confirmed for the championship to three after announcements from Beechdean Motorsport and Barwell Motorsport, the latter running a car for Britcar 24 Hours winners Richard Abra and Mark Poole.
The 2013 season continues Dryburgh and Gaw’s driving partnership that has previously seen them run in the GTC class of British GT, sharing a Porsche 997, as well as in Britcar competition, the pair part of the team that won the 2010 Britcar 24 Hours.
Their 2013 team carries the name of Production Glassfibre (PGF), Drybrugh’s manufacturing business as well as Kinfaun, Gaw’s consulting business and Aston Martin Racing, where Gaw is Managing Director.
“We enjoyed ourselves last year in the two rounds of British GT that we entered, and the decision to compete in the full season this year was an easy one for three reasons; the cars, the circuits and the format,” said Gaw. “If you’re a gentleman driver like Phil and I are, a GT3 car is a nice race car to drive, and having driven many different GT3 variants we can say the Aston is particularly easy to drive. British GT this year is going to see some of the best GT3 racing in the world at Pro-Am level.”
He continues; “British GT is famed for making its Pro-Am format work well, hopefully giving everyone a chance to get a good result at some point. Despite my connection with Aston Martin Racing, we will run exactly the same way and the same specification as Beechdean and Barwell; one of the reasons we bought the Aston is because it is a ‘future-proof’ car. There are no planned expensive upgrades year after year, and for 2013 we only have a different battery, clutch, and drop gear, that’s all, and these are all lifed components.”
“Ultimately I’d rather be fifteenth on this grid than second on a lesser grid and as I said for us it’s about enjoying ourselves; you will find me one of the happiest people you see in the pit lane,” said Dryburgh. “I’m very much looking forward to benching ourselves vs. the other Aston Martins on the grid and racing against [Beechdean’s] Jonny [Adam], who I’ve been a big supporter of over the years, will be particularly fun. The inter-Aston competition will be a decent rivalry and add a bit of spice itself, and I hear from John there might just be more Astons to enter British GT still.”
Dryburgh’s final remark is tantalising. With the British GT grid for 2013 taking superb shape with several top teams and drivers combinations the four Astons already confirmed – three GT3 Vantage’s plus Secure Racing’s GT4 example – the number of teams representing the brand is already at its highest number since 2006 when the previous GT3 Aston – the DBRS9 – was one of the best packages in the series.