2019 G40 Cup champion Chris Salkeld will compete in the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship in a Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. This will be the second car confirmed for the team having already announced Gus Barton would be stepping up from Ginetta Supercup to run in British GT.
In only his third year of competitive motorsport, 29-year-old Salkeld has already won the Ginetta G40 Cup championship taking five wins, five pole positions, seven fastest laps and 13 podiums in his season debut in 2019.
Complete with a new Evo upgrade for 2021 along with factory support that is second to none, the BMW M4 GT4 is set to be a fierce competitor in this year’s British GT Championship. Century Motorsport are working closer than ever with BMW Motorsport, who will be looking to select a new group of drivers for the 2022 BMW Junior Programme.
“I’m over the moon to be making my debut in BGT with Century and BMW,” said Salkeid. “It was a no-brainer for us to team up again for 2021. After only 2 weekends with the team last year, I knew instantly it was the right decision and I cannot wait to get started on the upcoming season.
“Having joined Century, I was instantly blown away by their professionalism, attention to detail and knowledge of the cars they run, both in British GT and elsewhere. It’s an honour to be a part of such a great team with an incredible legacy, along with working closely with one of the world’s biggest car manufacturers in BMW.
“Century have an incredible history of developing drivers into top GT stars and I’m excited about what our future holds together. We have to be pragmatic with our expectations this year as we move into the highest category of GT racing UK has to offer in only 3 short years of motor racing, but after a tricky 2020 I’ve got my fire back and will be working harder than I ever have to get back on that top step.
“A huge thanks to everyone at Ainsley Harriott Food Company and Cooplands Bakery for making this season possible, along with all my other sponsors. I know it’s incredibly difficult times currently for everyone and I cannot thank you enough for your continued support. Brands Hatch cannot come any sooner!”
Century Motorsport team owner Nathan Freke is currently in discussion with several drivers to partner Salkeld however the seat is still currently open.
“I’m very happy that Chris has stayed within the Century family and progressed up into British GT,” said Freke. “Whilst Chris has only been racing for 3 years, he has the right approach and has a good talent. I’m looking forward to getting testing with the cars and drivers. With the new Evo upgrade I’m sure we are going to be a force to be reckoned with.”
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