The SRO Motorsports Group, organisers of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship have named the first three full season entries for the GT4 class of the 2014 season, placing three different models of car on the class’ grid already.
Having entered the 2013 season finale – a race which they started from pole in the GT4 class – Bradley Ellis and Adrian Barwick will return for a full season in a Team Parker Racing run Ginetta G50 GT4. As they did at Donington Park they team will run under Twisted Team Parker banner.
As well as their surprise pole in the one-off appearance in the 2013 campaign Ellis is a former champion in the series, having taken the overall crown in 2007 in a GT3 Dodge Viper. Barwick, meanwhile will graduate to the GT4 class on a full time basis after racing with team Parker Racing in the Caterham Roadsport series.
“After 3 years of sports car racing I decided to purchase a GT4 car and started researching my options for 2014 and 2015,” explains Barwick. “It rapidly became an easier task than anticipated. In terms of cost, sponsorship impact and professionalism the British GT package is hands down the place for us to be, proven after our ‘taster’ round at Donington. We look forward to competing in the series in 2014.”
The GT4 version of the Ginetta G50 has become the benchmark for the class in the British series. However, the Yorkshire marque will also be represented by a GT4 variant of their G55 in the class for 2014. The first team to confirm an entry for the new car is Fox Motorsport, with former class champion Jamie Stanley set to drive alongside Paul McNeilly. Stanley won the class – in a G50 GT4 in 2010, but has largely competed in smaller series, including the British Endurance Championship and single-make Lotus series in recent series, though he and McNielly shared a Ferrari 430 GT3 in last May’s three hour British GT race at Silverstone.
The final of the three teams to sign up for the full season at this early stage will return the Lotus Evora GT4 to the grid after the 2013 season was completed without one of the race-winning cars in the series.
Gavan Kershaw and Ossy Yusef, will race with the ISSY Racing team. Neither man is a complete stranger to the British GT paddock. Kershaw has been part of Lotus’ racing exploits for several seasons, driving for both factory and customer teams as well as giving the GT4 Evora its public debut in a shakedown run at Snetterton in the lunch break of a British GT meeting. Yusef, meanwhile last raced in the series in 2010 when he co-drove with Joe Osborne.
”I am truly excited about returning to British GT,” said Yusef, “and even more so with such an iconic brand as Lotus; the choice of car was an easy one once I had visited the factory, and I was drawn by the passion from everyone when I said I would be entering British GT. I have a driving partner in Gavan that knows the car inside out; In the words of the late Colin Chapman, ‘If you’re not winning, you’re not trying’. Believe me when I say this, we will be trying!”