Six down, four to go: the 2017 British GT Championship season run-in begins this weekend, and what better venue for it than the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium? The British GT Press Office talks us through the grid.
A season-high grid of 34 cars - 14 GT3s and 20 GT4s - make the cross-Channel trip to the Ardennes for British GT’s annual away day, which for the first time features a pair of 60-minute races instead of the traditional single two-hour enduro on Saturday.Some surprise results last time out at Silverstone have thrown both the GT3 and GT4 class titles wide open. And doubtless there will be a few more twists and turns to come up, down and around Spa’s daunting 20-turn, 4.352-mile rollercoaster this weekend.
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20 cars make their way to Spa-Francorchamps this weekend for the start of what promises to be a terrific championship run-in.
One victory aside, it’s been the sheer consistency of Lanan Racing’s Alex Reed and David Pittard that has resulted in them leading the class standings by just 3.5 points from Adam Balon and Adam Mackay. Reed and Pittard are one of just three pairings to have scored points in each of this year’s six races, half of which they’ve finished on the podium. That’s a fantastic return given the number of pitstop success penalties incurred, something they won’t have to worry about in Saturday’s first race.
Reed will also be relishing his return to Spa where he and Lanan scored their maiden British GT4 victory 12 months ago.
Very much in the thick of the title battle but with plenty to prove this weekend are HHC Motorsports’ Will Tregurtha and Stuart Middleton whose two DNFs in as many rounds have seen their 27.5 point lead after Snetterton’s first race become a 5.5-point deficit. A big result this weekend is surely essential if the teenagers are to get their title chase back on track.
There are changes at Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing where Adam Hatfield and Benjamin Wallace combine to create an all-Silver line-up in the first of the Team HARD-run Ginettas. Their second will be driven by 2014 GT4 champion Jake Giddings who returns to the squad following his Snetterton cameo as replacement for Sam Webster.
British GT’s trip to Spa wasn’t part of the championship’s original live TV deal with Front Runner. However, Channel 4, BT Sport and Motorsport TV will all broadcast highlights of both races from next Saturday, while a live stream from Spa’s CCTV system will be available on www.vwfuncup.eu.
Words provided by the British GT Press Office.