All change on the entry list as British GT heads to Snetterton

by Joe Hudson

30 cars will be taking to the grid as the British GT Championship reaches its penultimate weekend at Snetterton with two one-hour races.

The biggest changes come in the GT3 class as Beechdean AMR have had to withdraw their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 this time out because of damage sustained on the opening lap of the last round at Spa-Francorchamps where they were hit by a number of their rivals at La Source.

However, there will be the same number of Astons on the grid as there was at Spa as Ultimate Speed re-enter their car which was last seen at the three-hour Silverstone 500 in June. That car will have Mike Brown and Matt Manderson behind the wheel.

Also missing this time out is the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS. Following BoP issues with their Silver Cup pairing of Ryan Ratcliffe and Will Moore the team are looking for new drivers in the car for British GT, but that search was not completed quickly enough to get the car out in Norfolk.

On a happier note though, PFL Motorsport will be making a return to the championship having had to skip British GT’s trip abroad to Belgium after post-race damage to the car at Silverstone – Pete Littler and Jody Fannin will again be behind the wheel of that car.

In GT4 there are more changes than you can shake a stick at the biggest of which, as in GT3, involves Beechdean as Jordan Albert steps out of the #407 Aston Martin Vantage. Replacing him for this weekend will be last year’s British GT GT4 champion Ross Gunn, freed up because of the absence of the #1. The #408 will again be shared by Jamie Chadwick and rapid baker-turned-racer Paul Hollywood.

From that point onwards, GT4 is all about returnees as firstly Adrian Barwick returns alongside Bradley Ellis in a Ginetta G55 GT4 but the bigger news is the return of Stratton Motorsport as a two-car team for the first time since the opening round at Brands Hatch.

Stratton’ll have a Lotus Evora GT4 for Richard Taffinder and Martin Plowman, as well as an Aston Martin for David Tinn and Andrew Jarman.

Also of note, the Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4 of Nick Jones and Scott Malvern is now officially entered under the Team Parker Racing banner.

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