British GT 2014 season review
British GT 2014 season was 22nd season of British GT Championship, probably the strongest GT Series in the world. It has started on April 19th at Oulton Park and finished on September 14th at Donington Park. Total of 10 races were held at seven venues and trophies went in hands of Marco Attard from Ecurie Ecosse team in GT3 championship, while in GT4 championship winner was Ross Wylie and Jake Giddings (Beechdean Motorsport).
In GT3 class were involved cars like Aston Martin Vantage, BMW Z4, Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 997 and Bentley Continental, while in GT4 were featured Ginetta G55, Porsche 997, BMW M3, Lotus Evora, etc.
Even he failed to finish first and last race of the season, Attard won the GT3 title with 148.5 points. He won two races in the season, just like second placed Ahmad Al Harthy and Michael Caine (Oman Racing Team) who collected 138 points overall with missing a great chance to claim the title in the exciting final race of the season. After the problem with gearbox in his BMW, Attard had to retire from the race after nine laps while he was at second place. He had to watch nervously how Al Harthy and Caine in Aston Martin held leading position, but they slipped to fourth 15 laps before the end of the race, so Attard became a new champion.
Attard, who in previous season was third overall, showed consistent form in whole British GT 2014 season. Except two victories at Oulton Parka and Spa Francorchamps, he also took two second places, one third and two fourths. He won five pole positions and three front row starts and finally deserved Blancpain Gentleman Driver Trophy for best-placed amateur.
Oman Racing team won teams’ championship in front of Trackspeed and Ecorie Ecosse by the margin of 13.5 and 45 points.
„This is a fantastic result and just reward for all of the team’s and Alexander’s hard work this year. They absolutely deserve it! Having said that, I feel really disappointed for Alexander that we couldn’t share the title after he missed Snetterton due to official BMW commitments at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. The very rare failure at Donington also meant he wasn’t able to maintain second in the points, which is a great shame. Personally, I’m over the moon and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone who has contributed towards our British GT title”, said Attard after sfinal race of the season.
Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie of Beechdean AMR team won the title in GT4 championship with 207.5 points leaving Andrew Jarman and Devon Modell (TF Sport) at second place with 190 points, while the third in overall standings were Adrian Barwick and Bradley Ellis (Twisted Team Parker).