The British GT Championship will be enjoying it’s biggest field of cars in years as 51 entries will be taking to the track at the showpiece Silverstone 500.
The mega grid has come from a number of one-off entries into British GT but the bulk of the additions come from the Competition102 GT4 European Series which is sending 17 cars for the combined grid three-hour race.
On the whole the regular British GT field that competed at Oulton Park has made the trip to Silverstone, with the addition of the GPRM Toyota GT86 of Stefan Hodgetts and James Fletcher which hasn’t competed in the championship since the opening round at Brands Hatch.
With the one regular returning, it’s time to look at who is joining the field for the first time this year and in GT3 the biggest news comes in the shape of the FF Corse Ferrari 488. Driven by Marco Attard and Adam Carroll the car, owned by Fox Motorsport, will be given its championship debut with the hope of attracting customers interested in running the car for the rest of the year. Another completely new entry in the class comes from MB Motorsport who are running an Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for Mike Brown and Jamie Wall.
Two additional entries come from teams entering an extra car. The first is a second Bentley Continental GT3 from Team Parker Racing with Blancpain GT Series pairing Callum MacLeod and Ian Loggie behind the wheel of the car. The second additional entry is a third Barwell Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Mark Poole and Richard Abra taking to the Silverstone tarmac for the second time in one month.
As a note also, with Carroll moving to the FF Corse Ferrari his seat in the Barwell Lamborghini next to Liam Griffin has been filled by Alexander Sims – who was scheduled to race the second half of the season in the car.
In GT4, the only new entry comes from the Fox Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 of Paul McNeilly and Jamie Stanley which is making a one-off appearance this round before an appearance with one of the team’s academy drivers at Donington Park in September.
There is one car change in GT4 as the Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4 makes its British GT debut with Simpson Motorsport – Nick Jones and Scott Malvern will be driving that.
With the addition of the GT4 European Series, the GT4 field has a decidedly exotic feel with Las Moras Racing Team bringing a BMW M3 GT4, Ekris Motorsport have brought two Ekris M4 GT4s, Sofia Car Motorsport have brought a Sin Cars Sin R1 GT4 and V8 Racing have brought a pair of Chevrolet Camaros.
The fifth round of the British GT Championship takes place this weekend, June 11&12, with Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam holding a 21.5 point lead over Liam Griffin in the drivers championship.