With just over one month to go until the season opener, GT4 announcements are the current hot topic with three last week and a further two being announced during the course of this week (to be in next weeks notebook)
➤ Speedworks have announced their driver pairing for their 2021 campaign. Scott Ferguson and Scott McKenna will take control of the Supra GT4 with McKenna being announced as part of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s UK Young Driver Programme. Having progressed quickly through the ranks, he has attracted the attention of Toyota after winning the Ginetta GT5 Challenge before stepping up to the Porsche Carerra Cup GB in 2020. The full report can be found HERE.
➤ The GT4 class of the Intelligent Money British GT Championship continues to grow as Team Rocket RJN adds a third McLaren 570S GT4 to its line up pairing James Kell with last year’s class runner-up Jordan Collard. This campaign will run alongside the McLaren Young Driver Programme in which the other two cars are a part of. Our full article can be found HERE.
➤ A number of British GT teams and drivers have been out and about during the various motorsport events over the course of the weekend.
➤ Former GT4 champion, Will Tregurtha has been competing at the Nürburgring in the NLS series. Driving a BMW M2 CS he managed to claim pole in class by over five seconds and finished P2 in class after leading his stint during the race.
➤ GT World Challenge Europe rolled into Monza just as the rain arrived over the Temple of Speed. Ultimately it was the rain that caught out reigning British GT champion Rob Collard in the bright pink RAM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo. Having climbed up to P2 in class, he got caught out exiting the Ascari chicane and slammed heavily into the barriers, ending their race early on. Fortunately, Rob was perfectly ok.
➤ Jota Sport were also competing with a trio of former British GT competitors; Ollie Wilkinson, Ben Barnicoat, and Rob Bell. However, the bad luck experienced by RAM was also experienced by the McLaren. Suffering a gearbox sensor issue on the way to the grid, they elected to take the start but ultimately ground to a halt on the opening lap, effectively ending their race despite making it back to the pits.
Monza wasn’t meant to be! A gearbox sensor issue on lap one meant an early end to our race hopes, but mega work by JOTA got us back on track to notch up some valuable race mileage. Onwards to Paul Ricard!
📷 Alex Galli/JOTA#GTWorldChEu #McLaren pic.twitter.com/1RlmmKUMs1
— Oliver Wilkinson (@OWilkoRacing) April 18, 2021
➤ Garage 59 had more of a successful run and claimed a victory in the Pro-Am class with four-time British GT champion, Jonny Adam sharing the car with Alexander West and Chris Goodwin. Once again in an Aston Martin Vantage GT3, could this be a sign of things to come for the Scotsman?
First race, first win!
P1 in Pro-Am at Monza for the #188 Vantage of @aglwest @JonnyAdam #ChrisGoodwin
The defending GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Pro-Am Champions take first blood in the 2021 Championship battle.#AstonMartin | #GTWorldChEu pic.twitter.com/B7Qdc0Anuj
— Garage 59 (@Garage_59) April 18, 2021
➤ Meanwhile, over in Spain, Matt Griffin and Duncan Cameron were making a stunning recovery drive after their right rear tire blew out during the ELMS season opener. David Perel took over the car for the final stint and managed to claw back the final rostrum position by the end of the race.
➤ JMH Automotive will once again take to the track in their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo for the Britcar season opener at Silverstone. Regular drivers and former British GT competitors, John Seale and Jamie Stanley will be looking to build upon the cars strong pace from its first run at Donington Park.
➤ 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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