With the recent announcement that spectators will be able to attend Round 1 at Brands Hatch, the anticipation for the 2021 season is ever increasing. Another announcement during the week and familiar faces racing for the first time this year over the weekend sees winter preparation fully underway.
➤ The latest announcement sees the return of Matt Cowley in the Academy Motorsport Ford Mustang GT4. The 23-year-old from Stalybridge in Cheshire will be starting his third consecutive season with Academy Motorsport which, in 2020, saw him take the team’s first GT4 race win with the Ford Mustang, as well as fastest laps and pole positions. The team is currently looking for a Silver graded driver to partner him for the season. Our full report can be found HERE.
➤ Another GT4 announcement sees Fox Motorsport return to the British GT championship with a new McLaren 570s GT4. Piloted by Ginetta GT4 Supercup regular Nick Halstead and team owner Jamie Stanley, they will be ones to watch in this year’s championship. The report can be found HERE.
➤ Newbridge Motorsport will commence with its first full British GT campaign this year with Matt Topham and Aston Martin veteran, Darren Turner. The pair will compete in an Aston Martin Vantage GT4, in what is shaping up to be a competitive field this year. Topham has successfully competed in GT Cup and the Britcar Endurance Championship prior to stepping up to British GT. Our full report can be found HERE.
➤ World’s Fastest Gamer, James Baldwin has taken a third consecutive victory in the British GT eSports series in the wet at Silverstone. This latest dominant performance sees him claim the GT3 title with a round to spare. Alex Buncombe and Angus Fender rounded out the podium, continuing their impressive eSeasons.
GT4 meanwhile will go down to the final round before a champion is crowned. Nils Naujoks and Jack McIntyre are separated by just 10 points with 25 available at Donington Park for the virtual Donington decider.
➤ Quite possibly the most popular announcement so far sees the return of fans in 2021. COVID-19 has already postponed motorsport events in the UK and currently, they are running behind closed doors. However, recent government announcements have ensured that fans will be able to return from the 22nd of May, coincidentally the first round of the 2021 Intelligent Money British GT Championship.
➤ RAM Racing is returning to GT World Challenge Europe for 2021. Its lineup features a trio of British GT race winners: Rob Collard, Sam De Haan, and Callum Macleod who will contest the full endurance cup. RAM hasn’t disappointed on the livery front either with yet another vibrant design which is sure to help the car stand out.
➤ Lamborghini Squadra Corse has now produced 400 Huracán GT3 and Super Trofeo cars. An impressive feat for any manufacturer. The British GT series also accounts for a fifth of the wins achieved by the Huracán with Barwell claiming 17 and WPI taking its first at Donington last season.
➤ A number of British GT regulars competed in the GT Cup season opener over the past weekend. It was a great performance by Team Abba with Sam / Richard Neary behind the wheel. Overall they claimed three out of four race victories with radio issues costing them dear in Race 2. This left the way clear for Michael Igoe and Phil Keen (on his WPI debut) to take victory ahead of Balfe Motorsport’s Stewart / Lewis Proctor.
➤ It was also a strong weekend for Darren Turner and his Base Performance Simulators partner, James Guess who claimed two class victories and a further podium across the two days of action in their Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
➤ 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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