British GT4 at Silverstone 500 - A sixth different winner in as many races ?

British GT4 at Silverstone 500 - A sixth different winner in as many races ?

06.06.2018: BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP Silverstone 500 - Silverstone Circuit For GT3, read GT4 where the opening five races have produced as many different winners representing four different manufacturers

BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP
Silverstone 500 - Silverstone Circuit




For GT3, read GT4 where the opening five races have produced as many different winners representing four different manufacturers. That variety, as well as inconsistency, sees the championship’s top-two separated by half-a-point and first 11 entries covered by the same number of points as available for victory this weekend.



Championship leaders Patrik Matthiesen and Callum Pointon also share something in common with their GT3 counterparts Mowle and Buurman after victory at Rockingham helped them counter a tricky outing at Snetterton. As such HHC’s #55 Ginetta just about leads Tolman Motorsport’s incredibly consistent Charlie Fagg and Michael O’Brien who are the only crew other than their championship rivals to have picked up points in every race so far this year.



Academy Motorsport’s Will Moore and Matt Nicoll-Jones are arguably the series’ form line-up right now having outscored every other GT4 crew since failing to register on the opening weekend. Three podiums in as many races – the latter somehow achieved with a broken gear paddle – sees their Aston Martin lie one place ahead of Snetterton winners Ben Tuck and Ben Green, whose Century Motorsport BMW must serve the maximum 20s success penalty at Silverstone.



Tolman’s Pro/Am class leaders Joe Osborne and David Pattison are also in overall championship contention after recording their maiden GT4 win together at Snetterton, while fellow McLaren drivers Adam Balon and Ben Barnicoat will be eager to repeat Track-Club’s Silverstone success from last season.



Mercedes-AMG make it five manufacturers represented in the Drivers’ championship’s top-seven places, Nick Jones and Scott Malvern’s Oulton Park victory helping to keep theirs and Team Parker’s title hopes alive.



But the remaining three full-season marques have also shown promise this year, and none more so than Toyota whose Steller Motorsport-built and run GT86s demonstrated real pace in qualifying at Snetterton. UltraTek Racing Team RJN’s Nissan 370Zs also came of age at Rockingham thanks to a one-two Pro/Am finish, while Invictus Games Racing’s brand-new Jaguar project just missed out on its first British GT points at Snetterton.



Speaking of which, Invictus’ second batch of wounded, injured and sick armed forces veterans make their British GT debuts this weekend when Basil Rawlinson (2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment) joins Jason Wolfe in the #22 F-TYPE SVR and Paul Vice (42 Commando Royal Marines) teams up with Matthew George aboard #44.



George is also registered to race as James Holder’s co-driver in the Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin. And it’s not a typo! George and Holder last contested a full-season British GT programme together in 2016, which ultimately led to David Appleby Engineering – which runs the V8 Vantage – overseeing 2018’s Jaguar project. George will therefore split his weekend between both cars and swap between them during the race.


British GT’s three-hour race starts at 13:10 on Sunday. Watch it live, uninterrupted and for free on the championship's Facebook page and website, as well as SRO’s GT World Youtube channel.




- Benjamin Franassovici - photo SRO

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