This weekend WP Racing will be fuelling the Avon Tyres British GT Championship, crown jewel, event The Silverstone 500. The 3 hour race will see all manner of supercars racing which representatives from the most prestigious brands such as; Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Ginetta, Lotus, McLaren, Nissan, Porsche and Toyota.
A mix of professional and amateur drivers will take to the wheel for this event which is sure to be thrilling. A particular spotlight will surely be on six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy who is rapidly gaining race experience driving for the Nissan GT Academy Team in the GT-R.
Hoy commented on the upcoming race ‘Silverstone is our kind of circuit so I hope we can get out there and make amends for Rockingham. I’m very excited that we are racing at Silverstone; it’s a high-speed track so it should really suit the GT-R. I have more experience under my belt now so I’m looking forward to my first three-hour race.’
The Silverstone 500 will be the third round of the season. This event will surely be an enthralling and as hotly contested as the last two events, undoubtedly, down to the multitude of prizes on offer. Not only for overall victory but Mobil 1 Service Centre Master of the Weekend and the Driver of the Weekend Blancpain Gentleman Trophy are at stake too.
The season so far has seen GT3 and overall wins for Aston Martin, BMW and Ferrari with honours in the first race of 2014 taken by the #4 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin of Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine before the #79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 of current championship leaders Marco Attard and Alexander Sims took the chequered flag first in the second of the two races of the opening round at Oulton Park. Rockingham’s two hour enduro saw #18 FF Corse pairing Gary Eastwood and Rob Barff emerge victorious in their Ferrari 458.
In GT4 three teams have taken victory, with the #407 Beechdean Aston pairing of Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie with the #49 TF Sport Aston of Andrew Jarman and Devon Modell taking the top steps in Oulton’s two races and the #55 Academy Motorsport Ginetta of Oli Basey-Fisher and Matt Nicoll-Jones taking honours at Rockingham. It’s the #407 pairing that head the championship coming into Silverstone, but with the #49 duo right at their heels.
New GT3 entries for this event include the swelling of the United Autosports ranks with the return of 2011 champion Jim Geddie and son Glynn in their McLaren MP4-12C which was last raced In British GT at Silverstone in 2012. MB Racing increase the Aston consignment with Michael Brown and Jamie Wall in the #26 Vantage whilst AF Corse’s Ferrari 458 contingent becomes a trio thanks to Jacque Duyver and Charlie Hollings, who will add to their British GT tally of two events contested in 2013.
In GT4 APO make their 2014 debut in a Porsche with the #69 car of James May and Alex Osborne making a return for their home race with a new marque from their previous Ginetta outings. ABG Motorsport are back with French historic driver Alain Schlesinger to join Declan Jones and there’s another Aston in GT4 with new team Track Group entering the #50 Aston for Bolaji Odunsi and fan favourite Paul O'Neill with an Aston GT4.
WP Racing will be providing all teams with fuel and will deliver on-site fuel compliance checks services.
The race will be televised live delayed on Motors TV. Highlights of the event will be televised on Channel 4 and BT Sport as well as on Motors TV.
1 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Andrew Howard Jonny Adam GT3
2 Generation Bentley Racing Bentley Continental GT3 Steve Tandy James Appleby GT3
4 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Ahmad Al Harthy Michael Caine (+75) GT3
5 Oman Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Liam Griffin Rory Butcher GT3
6 PGF - Kinfaun AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Phil Dryburgh John Gaw GT3
8 Triple 8 BMW Z4 GT3 Lee Mowle Joe Osborne GT3
12 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 R Jody Firth Warren Hughes (+75) GT3
13 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia John Dhillon Aaron Scott GT3
17 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 Humaid Al Masaood Steven Kane GT3
18 FF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia Gary Eastwood Rob Barff GT3
21 Strata 21 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Paul White Tom Onslow-Cole GT3
22 Preci -Spark McLaren MP4 12C Godfrey Jones David Jones GT3
23 United Autosports Audi R8 LMS Ultra Mark Patterson Matt Bell GT3
24 United Autosports McLaren MP412C Jim Geddie Glynn Geddie GT3
26 MB Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Michael Brown Jamie Wall GT3
28 HorsePower Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Paul Bailey Andy Schulz GT3
29 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia Pasin Lathouras Alessandro Pier Guidi (+85) GT3
30 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia Jacques Duyver Charly Hollings GT3
33 Trackspeed Porsche 997 GT3 R Jon Minshaw Phil Keen GT3
38 MP Motorsport AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 Mark Poole Richard Abra GT3
40 CWS 4 x 4 Spares G55 Ginetta GT3 Colin White Tom Sharp GT3
79 Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 GT3 Marco Attard Alexander Sims (+10) GT3
80 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN Nissan GT-R GT3 Chris Hoy Alex Buncombe GT3
## Triple 8 BMW Z4 GT3 Derek Johnston Luke Hines GT3
41 Optimum G55 Ginetta GT4 Ryan Ratcliffe Matt Draper GT4
42 Century Motorsport G55 Ginetta GT4 Rick Parfitt Tom Oliphant GT4
43 Century Motorsport G55 Ginetta GT4 Morten Dons Aleksander Schjerpen (+30) GT4
44 Team Parker Racing Porsche 911 GT4 Barrie Baxter Dan Cammish GT4
45 ABG Motorsport BMW M3 GT4 Alain Schlesinger Declan Jones GT4
46 Twisted Team Parker G55 Ginetta GT4 Adrian Barwick Bradley Ellis GT4
48 Fox Motorsport / Paul McNeilly G55 Ginetta GT4 Paul McNeilly Jamie Stanley GT4
49 TF Sport Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Andrew Jarman Devon Modell (+30) GT4
50 Track Group Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Bolaji Odunsi Paul O'Neill GT4
55 Academy Motorsport G55 Ginetta GT4 Oli Basey-Fisher Matt Nicoll-Jones (+30) GT4
69 APO Porsche 911 GT4 James May Alex Osborne (+30) GT4
77 ISSY Racing / Oz Yuzuf Lotus Evora GT4 Oz Yusuf Gavan Kershaw GT4
## Beechdean AMR Aston Martin GT4 Challenge Ross Wylie Jake Giddings (+30) GT4
86 GPRM Toyota G86 James Fletcher Stefan Hodgetts INV.