British GT Reveals Capacity 36-Car Entry for 2018
A capacity full-season entry of 36 supercars will contest this year’s British GT Championship, which officially launched its 26th season during the series’ annual Media Day at Donington Park this morning.
The regular entry, which has been capped at 36 cars due to pitlane restrictions, comprises 13 x GT3s, 23 x GT4s and a total of 10 manufacturers. It represents British GT’s largest full-season entry since 2014, while further cars are expected at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps’ Formula 1 venues, both of which enjoy greater capacity.
Six manufacturers will fight for overall honours, with Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes-AMG and Nissan all amongst the GT3 ranks. What’s more, the class’ professional driver roster is stacked with official factory talent courtesy of seven works drivers representing three different brands, while the number of full-season GT3 entries has also increased since 2017.
The class also features a multitude of race and championship winners. Between them the 26 drivers have already won 69 British GT races (outright) and 10 British GT titles (all classes), as well as five Le Mans 24 Hours, five ELMS crowns, two Blancpain GT Series championships, two overall Total 24 Hours of Spa, and two FIA World Endurance Championships. Two of the reigning Le Mans 24 Hours GTE Pro winners, plus International GT Open Pro/Am and outright GT Cup champions, will also be on the grid battling, amongst others, 2017 British GT3 champion Rick Parfitt Jnr.
GT4’s meteoric rise also continues in 2018 with three new manufacturers – BMW, Jaguar and Mercedes-AMG – joining five existing brands: Aston Martin, Ginetta, McLaren, Nissan and Toyota. Together they represent the largest and most diverse full-season entry assembled in British GT4’s 11-year history, with 23 cars and eight manufacturers split across 14 teams.
With reigning Drivers’ champions Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton moving to the GT4 European Series this year, the path has been left clear for new challengers to emerge. HHC Motorsport, who claimed both the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns in 2017, have increased their Ginetta contingent by one in an effort to fend off renewed and fresh threats from an incredibly competitive class that features at least eight Silver Cup and 11 Pro/Am crews.