With less than 75 days to go until the start of the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship, the news is starting to ramp up. Here’s the latest from the last two weeks in British GT with more pre-season testing getting underway.
➤ With the recent announcement of the British GT pack for Assetto Corsa Competizione, a new e-race series has been announced. With a 5 round calendar being announced featuring each of the tracks raced at within the real series. A total of 20 GT3 spaces are available for real-world British GT teams and drivers with 20 further spaces in GT4 for hot lap qualifiers and for each race, the top 10 will advance to the following meeting to take on a further 10 fastest qualifiers.
➤ The newly revived GT2 series will make an appearance in the UK in 2021. Running as a support race for the 3-hour enduro at Silverstone, it will be the first time these cars will have raced in the UK. Featuring the Audi R8, Porsche 911 and the hugely popular KTM X-Bow GT2, it will be a competitive start for what is touted as what could be the future of GT racing.
➤ Reigning champion, Sandy Mitchell has been announced as a returning member of the BRDC Superstars programme for 2021. The Superstars programme is the upper tier of the BRDC’s young driver development which provides support to assist their career development. Former GT4 front-runner, Ben Tuck has also been announced as a member for 2021.
We welcome back the newest member of the @LamborghiniSC Factory Driver roster @SMitchellRacing to the @BRDCSuperStars programme for another year. Sandy will be remaining in sports cars for 2021, returning to @BritishGT as the reigning champion. Welcome back Sandy! pic.twitter.com/RUxjVxMfZl
— BRDC SuperStars (@BRDCSuperStars) March 10, 2021
➤ Team Abba driver, Sam Neary has been announced as part of the Team UK Futures programme. Having spoken with Sam, he had this to say about the latest announcement: “Motorsport UK is the thing that has helped me most in my career so it gets myself out there more. They’re very supportive with their academy training sessions and it’s all been a massive stepping stone into getting new contacts and meeting new people so it’s a real honour”. The full interview will be up later in the week”.
➤ Former British GT4 racer, Abbie Eaton has announced a partial Britcar programme for 2021 in the ever-growing Praga class. The Grand Tour star will partner Scotsman Gordie Mutch for the first half of the season. Having competed in the Maserati GranTurismo GT4 back in 2016 and tested a W-Series F3 car, it should take no time at all for Abbie to be right on the pace.
➤ With the Covid-19 cases in the UK slowly dropping, the MSV has announced spectators will be able to attend non-elite motorsport events at their venues from the 17th of April. Elite events can be attended from 17th May which based on current news, allows spectators to attend the first round of the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship at Brands Hatch on 22-23rd May.
Since the publication of the COVID-19 RESPONSE roadmap/lockdown exit plan on Monday 22 February, we have sought additional clarity on how MSV's various business areas are affected.
— Brands Hatch (@Brands_Hatch) March 5, 2021
➤ Team Parker Racing have confirmed that former British GT star, Ryan Ratcliffe will race in the Porsche Carerra Cup GB once again. The goal this time will be to clinch the overall title but in the ever-competitive series, this will not be easy with the likes of Harry King and Dan Cammish returning for 2021.
He's back and he's aiming for the title this time out! We're very happy to confirm that @RyanRatcliffeR is set for a return to the @PorscheRacesGB Carrera Cup GB with a fresh new look, courtesy of @danbathie!
— Team Parker Racing (@teamparkeracing) March 4, 2021
➤ Sticking with Team Parker Racing, they’ve also been spotted testing the Nick Jones / Scott Malvern Porsche ahead of this year’s Intelligent Money British GT Championship. The eagle-eyed might also spot a Beechdean Aston Martin lurking in the background.
➤ Alongside the Team Parker Porsche, Cicely Motorsport, WPI, and Beechdean have all been out pre-season testing at Donington and Silverstone in preparation for the opening round at Brands Hatch.
➤ Sandy Mitchell has also been out testing with Barwell Motorsport but with the Number 1 emblazoned on the car. This will be the first time that a champion has raced with the winning number since Richard Parfitt Jr. in 2018
➤ Former British GT runners, Ollie Wilkinson, Ben Barnicoat and Rob Bell will compete in GT World Challenge Europe this year with Jota Sport in one of their McLaren 720s’s. It’s been a big week for Wilkinson who has now been promoted to a McLaren factory driver. The full report can be found HERE.
➤ You can find the complete entry list with all confirmed teams so far for the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship HERE.
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