The 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship‘s GT4 class will see at least two BMW M4 Evos debut this season, in the hands of Century Motorsport.
The team usually entered two of the old-spec BMWs last season, which saw Silverstone 500 winner Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke partnered with a few different team-mates in the #42 and #43 car including Ben Hurst, Rob Wheldon, Ben Green and Ben Tuck.
Gordon-Colebrooke stays on for his third season with the team this year, but won’t have any Bens in the cockpit with him for 2021. He’ll share Pro-Am seat time with Chris Salkeld, with the sister Silver Cup entry taken by Will Burns and Gus Burton.
Only Burns is new to the team, which may ease the bedding-in process for the three going into this year. He’s not new to British GT though, having competed with HHC Motorsport in 2018.
The Silver pairing contested last season’s Ginetta GT4 Supercup, with Burns taking the spoils by 39 points for Rob Boston Racing, while second-placed Burton was with Century.
Salkeld finished as runner-up in the same series’ Pro-Am class, sharing time between Century and Assetto Motorsport.
“I’m really excited to be joining Century Motorsport for the British GT Championship this season,” said Burns.
“I feel like I’ve got unfinished business in the series after my last season in 2018, so I’m pleased to have another chance to race in such a prestigious series.
“Century’s track record speaks for itself and having raced against the team for many years in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup, I know how professional their operation is. I have no doubt they will give me and Gus a very quick and reliable car to compete with.
“Gus was stiff competition last season and showed how much of a talent he is, so I’m looking forward to racing alongside him this year. I’ve been really impressed with the BMW during my limited testing so far, so overall I think we’ve got an exciting package for the season ahead.”
Gordon-Colebrooke added: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be teaming up with Century and Chris for this season. Off the back of winning the Silverstone 500 last year it’s great to have the opportunity to take the next step and fight for the Pro-Am title.
“I’m tremendously excited for this year, with mine and Century’s knowledge of the M4 combining with an impressive upgraded Evo package and a brilliant team-mate in Chris, I’m incredibly optimistic that we’ll be right in the thick of things from round one.
“It’s going to be a highly competitive grid this year when you look at some other driver line-ups in other teams, but we’ll relish and embrace the challenge and look to come out on top.”
“I’ve never been more excited for a start of a season, racing in British GT is something I’d have never imagined possible three years ago when I started racing in the Ginetta GRDC and to be doing it with Century Motorsport and BMW is a dream come true,” added Salkeld.
“With the new Evo pack on the car, and Century’s experience and track record in this championship, I’m sure we’ll be a force to be reckoned with this year. I’m delighted to be partnering Andrew this season, we have a great dynamic between us already and are both set on working harder than ever to bring even more success to Century Motorsport this season.
“With the signing of Andrew, I have a very experienced and fast team-mate to not only work with but also learn from this season. I have to take a moment to give a special thanks to all of my sponsors and commercial partners for their continued support during these difficult times.
“Without them none of this would be possible and I can’t wait to have you all trackside again this year. We also welcome fans back from the first round, which is really exciting; we’ll be sure to put on a show for you all.”
As Chris says, the Intelligent Money British GT Championship season is set to kick off at Brands Hatch GP on 22/23 May in front of spectators as restrictions ease. They’ll also be able to enjoy the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, the Ginetta GT5 Challenge, Ginetta GT Academy and Porsche Sprint Challenge GB.