Season-high 36 cars set for British GT's blue riband Silverstone 500

Season-high 36 cars set for British GT's blue riband Silverstone 500

06.06.2018: > Biggest GT3 entry of the year to battle for historic RAC Trophy > GT4 includes Matthew George pulling ‘double duty’

> Biggest GT3 entry of the year to battle for historic RAC Trophy


> GT4 includes Matthew George pulling ‘double duty’





It’s the big one! British GT returns to Northamptonshire’s Formula 1 venue this weekend for its only three-hour race of the season – the Silverstone 500 – where points-and-a-half plus the historic RAC Trophy are both up for grabs.


So too is another chance for crews to take a firm grip of their respective GT3 and GT4 championships, something that’s yet to happen in either class this term.


The event’s prestige has also attracted several new entries, with a season-high 14 GT3s joining the 22 GT4s scheduled to compete this weekend.




 The newly-resurfaced 3.661-mile, 18-turn Arena Grand Prix Circuit is also expected to produce much faster lap times than previous years, while the event’s Supercar Sunday element – featuring family entertainment and hundreds of supercars – is sure to draw a large crowd, just as it did in 2017.






TYRE INFORMATION – PIRELLI


Pirelli supplies the GT3 class with the P Zero DHD2 tyre, which was introduced at the start of the 2018 season for GT racing around the world. The GT4 class uses the P Zero DH tyre. In the event of rain, both classes will use the Cinturato WH wet-weather tyre.
 

Jonathan Wells, Pirelli UK motorsport manager: "The Silverstone race is one of the most interesting from a tyre perspective, with the three-hour format providing more options to the teams in terms of strategies.



 Silverstone is also usually one of the most demanding circuits on the calendar for the tyres thanks to the many fast corners. However, the new smoother surface has reduced wear and degradation rates, as we discovered at the recent Blancpain GT Series event with the same P Zero DHD2 tyres that we supply in British GT3."





LAP RECORDS


GT3 - 2m02.376s - Callum Macleod - Team Parker Racing - Bentley Continental - 2017
GT4 - 2m14.031s - Joe Osborne - Tolman Motorsport - McLaren 570S - 2017



PITSTOP SUCCESS PENALTIES

GT3


20sec - #17 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 - Johnston/Sorensen
15sec - #99 Beechdean AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 - Howard/Turner
10sec - #11 TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 - Farmer/Thiim



GT4


20sec - #42 Century Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 - Tuck/Green
15sec - #5 Tolman Motorsport McLaren 570S GT4 - Albert/Proctor
10sec - #62 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 - Moore/Nicoll-Jones





SILVERSTONE 500 TIMETABLE


Saturday 9 June


09:30 – 10:30: Free Practice 1
11:40 – 12:40: Free Practice 2
15:25 – 15:35: Qualifying – GT3 Am
15:39 – 15:49: Qualifying – GT3 Pro
15:53 – 16:03: Qualifying – GT4 Am
16:08 – 16:18: Qualifying – GT4 Pro



Sunday 10 June


09:45 – 09:55: Warm-up
13:10 – 16:10: Race
 



- Benjamin Franassovici - photo SRO

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