British GT - Silverstone preview
Fourth round of the British GT season will go on at Silverstone circuit on Sunday. It will be three-hours race and everything is ready for the another spectacle. Two new manufacturers, Audi (Team Parker Racing) and Porsche (Trackspeed), are prepared to give some more spice to the competition. There will be 35 cars in total: 18 in GT3 class and 17 in GT4.
After three races this season, Marco Attard and Alexander Sims of Ecurie Ecosse powered by Black Bull team are at the top of the Drivers’ championship standings and they are considered as a main favorites at Silverstone. History says that their BMW Z4 GT3 finished on the podium since first entering the series three years ago.
Just one point behind reigning champions is Oman Racing Team’s duo Rory Butcher and Oliver Griffin surely will be in chase, as well as last year winner Ahmad Al Harthy, also from the Oman Racing Team. He started season pretty badly and is inspired to go back on the right path.
Beechdean AMR’s Andrew Howard and Jonathan Adam already tasted a success at Silverstone this year in the Britcar 24 hour race, so they will try to emulate that in the British GT with their Aston Martin Vantage. They are a little bit far from the top of the standings and this race could be turning point of the season for them.
Lee Mowle and Joe Osborne of Triple Eight Racing are very solid this season and they also could be expected in the battle for the podium places, just as Adam Carroll and Gary Eastwood of FF Corse team. Von Ryan Racing with Ross Wylie and Andrew Watson is coming in good form after winning Blancpain Endurance race last week at Silverstone. Not to forget RAM Racing’s Mercedes with Lewis Plato and Alastair MacKinnon.
In the GT4 class Beechdean AMR duo Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn are considered as one of the favorites after nice victory at Rockingham. They are just 2.5 points behind leaders Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson (Optimum Motorsport) although they failed to take points in the second race at Oulton Park.
Another pairing which have solid results so far this season is Oz Yusuf and Gavan Kershaw of ISSY Racing. If they manage to find right rhythm and pace, currently third-placed drivers could win the race in Lotus Evora as they did it at Oulton Park.