This season’s Avon Tyres British GT Championship will feature even more cars with the news today that series regulars Preci-Spark Engineering and Rosso Verde have signed up to race in 2013. Current entries for the leading national GT series are now in excess of 26 cars and this season looks set to be the best yet.
Preci-Spark Engineering’s Godfrey and David Jones will contest their Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 for the third successive season and the pair have already begun their season with a strong performance in the 24 hours of Dubai in early January, claiming runner-up spot in the amateur class, and a fifth place overall finish. The 2009 Drivers Champions are in for their tenth year in the series and the pair could be joined by at least one further Mercedes entry.
Gentleman driver, Hector Lester, also returns for his tenth season of British GT with the super-fast Allan Simonsen alongside him once more. Racing again under the Rosso Verde banner, the pair will be running a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, the car they took to two podiums in a mini 2012 campaign. Lester and Simonsen last took a victory at Donington Park in 2010, something both drivers will be keen to put right this season.
Elsewhere, series organisers SRO have made small tweaks to some of the sporting regulations, with non pro-am pairings now entirely being adjusted using weight, rather than a combination of weight and time balancing. The amendments willensure that the stable platform the series has put in place over the last three years remains and new entries joining the series receive are balanced appropriately. Adjustments for non-Pro-Am pairings are now as follows and subject to evaluation and approval from the series organisers:
Silver /Silver 65Kg
Silver /Gold 75Kg
Silver /Platinum 85Kg
Silver /Silver 40Kg
Silver /Gold 50Kg
Silver /Platinum 60Kg
Round one of the series is at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the Easter weekend (30/Mar-1/Apr) with ticket details and more information available on the official Championship website, http://www.BritishGT.com and on the official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/BritishGT .
Benjamin Franassovici, Championship Manager -
“We’re pleased to welcome back the Jones brothers and Hector and Allan; between them these two pairings have 20 years of British GT experience and they’re still quick to this day; something which is note worthy in the modern GT3 era. We’re pleased to have a lot of new entries to the series this year, but crucially, we haven’t lost our core base, the people who’ve supported us when grids haven’t been so buoyant. Over the years we’ve listened to our customers and with their input we’ve been able to make decisions on how the series can run without alienating people. The Jones’ will be prime candidates for our Gentleman Cup, as will Hector. Having Allan in the Ferrari again is special and we’re confident we’ll have some exciting weekends of racing for our fans this year.”
2013 British GT Calendar:
Media Day - TBC March Silverstone (GB)
1 Oulton Park (GB) - 30 March (Sat) 1 April (Mon) - Sprint Races
2 Rockingham (GB) - 5 & 6 May Refuelling Race
3 Silverstone GP (GB) 25 & 26-May - Refuelling Race
4 Snetterton 300 (GB) 15 & 16-Jun - Sprint Races
5 Brands Hatch GP (GB) 10 & 11-Aug - Refuelling Race
6 Zandvoort (NL) 6, 7, 8-Sep - Sprint Races
7 Donington Park (GB) - 56-Oct - Refuelling Race
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