Less than two months before the start of the season and new announcements are still flowing through. Another GT3 beast makes its way onto the 2021 grid marking the first time in seven years in which Porsche have had more than one car on the grid.
Elsewhere, British GT stars are getting their season underway this weekend at Donington Park in the GT Cup series, utilising the extra track time to fine tune their cars.
➤ For the first time since 2014, the British GT grid will feature two Porsche GT3R cars. G-Cat have announced their return to the series for the full campaign once again running an am-am pairing. Team owners Shamus Jennings and Greg Caton will continue to pilot Stuttgart’s finest.
➤ The British GT e-Sports series continued with Round 3 from Brands Hatch. James Baldwin put on an impressive comeback through the field to take a second successive victory. It wasn’t all plain sailing however, a poor start saw him drop down to 4th behind McLaren teammates, Michael O’Brien and Alex Buncombe. Despite this, he was able to decisively pick his way through the field and with 13 minutes to go, made his move on O’Brien for the lead and managed to keep it right until the end, just. 1.2 seconds separated them at the line after a titanic duel in the closing laps.
➤ The 2006 title winning car has been put up for sale. The Barwell Motorsport Aston Martin DBRS9 was piloted to the GT3 class title by Jonny Cocker and Leo Machitski (who is returning to the series this year with Barwell). The car features a 5.9 Naturally aspirated V12 with 500bhp and can hit 60mph in under 4 seconds, not bad from 2006.
➤ Today would have marked the commencement of the 2021 season at Oulton Park with the traditional Easter Weekend slot. However, due to the ongoing impacts of Covid-19, this round has unfortunately been rescheduled for 11-12th September as the penultimate round of the season.
➤ The 2021 GT Cup season gets underway this weekend at Donington Park with a number of British GT regulars competing in an effort to gain that extra vital track time ahead of Brands Hatch in May. Just some of the teams and drivers include: WPI Motorsport – Phil Keen / Michael Igoe, Team Abba – Sam / Richard Neary, Balfe Motorsport – Stuart / Lewis Proctor. There are even a few former competitors amongst the ranks such as: Abbie Eaton, Marcus Clutton, Adam Carroll, Ross Wylie and Will Tregurtha.
➤ Former GT4 champion, Jamie Chadwick was set to make her off-road debut over the weekend in the new Extreme E series. However a heavy crash during practice from Stéphane Sarrazane saw too much damage and ultimately caused the car to be withdrawn from the weekends activities. Luckily Stephane was perfectly ok.
➤ 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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