Balfe Motorsport have confirmed that father and son driver pairing Stewart and Lewis Proctor will enter the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship driving a McLaren 720S GT3. They will enter as a Silver-Am pairing thus taking on the other confirmed Silver-Am entry of Richard and Sam Neary which also happens to be a father and son team.
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Both Proctors have experience in the McLaren 720S GT3 with Lewis completing the full season in 2020 partnering Ollie Wilkinson at Optimum Motorsport whilst Stewart completed occasional rounds with Joe Osborne driving with Balfe Motorsport.
After spending two years racing GT4, Lewis finished the 2020 GT3 drivers championship in 9th place which included pole position and a second place finish in the opening round at Oulton Park and a third at Snetterton. Stewart’s best result was a fifth at Donington Park.
“British GT is very competitive so it was important to learn the ropes last year alongside Joe at Balfe,” said Stewart Proctor. “Obviously there’s continuity with the same team and car, but the new Silver-Am class has provided Lewis and I with an opportunity to be competitive as a pairing while also enjoying racing together.
“Last year it was slightly surreal being in different garages and trying to beat each other. Of course, everyone wants to win but it’s also important that I enjoy my racing. I will certainly get a lot of satisfaction from sharing a car and, hopefully, some success with Lewis every few weeks. Hopefully he agrees!”
“Racing with my Dad in a full-season assault is something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Lewis. “He’s always been my biggest supporter so the chance to race and potentially win some silverware together would be the highlight of my career so far. We both know the car and Dad’s spent plenty of time with Balfe who run a very tight ship. They also understand how to win with the 720S.
“Competing against the Nearys will also be fun. Sam made a strong impression during his debut season so it will be interesting to see how the two families compare in the Silver-Am class. Hopefully we’ll have a few more entries to also test ourselves against.”
Team owner Shaun Balfe also confirmed that further GT3 and GT4 entries are at various stages of completion.
“We have the capacity and relationship with McLaren to put race and championship-winning packages together across both classes, and that’s certainly the plan again in 2021,” he said. “We’re currently working on several options that would see Balfe back in GT4 this year – indeed, one is already confirmed – as well as another 720S joining the grid.”
Balfe’s McLaren takes the total number of GT3 manufacturers to five. The 720S joins entries from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche, all of which will content British GT’s opening round at Brands Hatch on May 22/23.
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