British GT 2015 season preview
The 2015 British GT Championship season will be the 23rd in the history of the competition, and will begin on April 6th, when two races at Oulton Park will be held, while the season will end on September 13th with a race at Donington Park. Season will stand total of nine race at eight circuits, one less than last year, and the reason is that at the Spa Francorchamps circuit will be only one race.
Marco Attard of Ecurrie Ecosse team will defend the title won last year in the GT3 class. Paired with Alexander Sims, who was his partner at eight races last season, he will be behind the wheel of the BMW Z4. Attard’s biggest rival in last season, Ahmad Al Harthy from Oman, as it seems, will not be part of the competition this time after he had ventured into the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East. Therefore, there is no confirmation that Oman Racing Team will defend the Teams’ title won in the GT3 class.
A new champion probably will be crowned in the GT4 class because on the list of applicants there is no last year winners Jake Giddings and Ross Wylie from the Beechedean Motors team. Vice-champions Andrew Jarman and Devon Modell (TF Sport) are also missing, so the third-placed Adrian Barwick and Bradley Ellis from Twisted Team Parker can hope for better placement this year. Century Motorsport team won the championship last year in the GT4 class, but still there is no their application for the new season what could be a chance for Beechdean-AMR to climb step higher on the podium.
The 2015 British GT Championship is set to see a rejuvenated GTC class alongside the headlining GT3 machines, the class, for the very fastest one make GT racers offers pace, drama but lower operating costs than GT3. And early out of the stocks for 2015 are a brand new team Eurospares Racing which has been established with the backing of car owner James Pumo and the Team Principal Thomas Erdos.
Several new teams have applied for British GT 2015 season. In GT4 class there is AMD Tuning with Porsche 997, GPRM with two Toyotas GT86, then Stratton Team with an Aston Martin, Tolman Motorsport with Ginetta G55 and Ultra Tek Racing, which will have two Lotus Evoras. Given that start of the season is three months away, it is certain that the number of teams registered in both classes will be increased.
Cars chassis that will be seen in the new season of British GT are practically the same compared to last year, except that the number of cars with Ford’s, Toyota’s or Subaru’s engine will be higher than a year ago. Avon Tyres, British GT’s title sponsor and official tyre supplier, have announced that the series will use a new specification slick tyre for the first time in three years during the 2015 season.
As the list of teams that will be competing in the British GT 2015 is incomplete, it is unclear who will get a chance to test himself behind the wheel. Even registered teams didn’t fulfilled all driver seats, but they still have plenty of time to find solutions and without too much stress finish preparations for new challenges.