29th British GT Championship campaign kicks of at Brands Hatch next weekend

29th British GT Championship campaign kicks of at Brands Hatch next weekend

14.05.2021: ALL TEAMS COMMIT TO SRO MOTORSPORTS GROUP’S CARBON NEUTRALITY COMPETITOR PROGRAMME ENTRY LIST: BRANDS HATCH

ALL TEAMS COMMIT TO SRO MOTORSPORTS GROUP’S CARBON NEUTRALITY COMPETITOR PROGRAMME



ENTRY LIST: BRANDS HATCH here




 
Hear that? That ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, is the sound of race-bred supercars. A sound we haven’t heard for seven long months. But next weekend, under early summer skies and in front of a packed crowd, the Intelligent Money British GT Championship blasts back into life at Brands Hatch (May 22/23).


There’s much to ponder ahead of Sunday’s two-hour endurance race that kicks off 2021’s nine-round campaign.


Can Sandy Mitchell become only the second driver in British GT history to retain a title? Will a change of scenery finally deliver Phil Keen the crown? Can the rekindling of Andrew Howard and Jonny Adam’s Beechdean AMR partnership deliver another championship? And which crew will reign supreme in the new Silver-Am class?



In GT4, TF Sport’s absence guarantees new Teams’ and Drivers’ Champions. Century and BMW were the last different combination to lift both in 2018 but it’s Team Rocket RJN who start with a numerical advantage thanks to their three McLarens. Toyota GAZOO Racing UK – run by Speedworks – can call on a year of experience with their Supra, Assetto Motorsport enter Ginetta’s brand-new G56, and two previous title winners (Jake Giddings and Jamie Stanley) are each bidding to become British GT4’s first two-time overall champion.


Elsewhere, the Intelligent Money British GT Championship is proud to announce that all 20 teams racing next weekend will support SRO Motorsports Group’s new Carbon Neutrality Competitor Programme throughout 2021.



Carbon credits purchased by all entrants, each of whose cars will feature a green Corporate Social Responsibility logo, are invested into a forest conservation project in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, overseen by the independently verified tropical forest protection and restoration specialist, Permian Global. The British GT round at Brands Hatch features SRO’s first fully carbon neutral entry since the initiative began at the start of 2021.


Visit sro-motorsports.com/news to discover more about SRO’s roadmap to achieving carbon neutrality by 2023 or read on for a deep dive into this season’s Intelligent Money British GT Championship.
 

 

SPECTATOR INFO



A maximum of 4,000 spectators are permitted to attend Brands Hatch on both Saturday and Sunday as per the UK Government’s latest coronavirus guidelines.



Tickets are selling fast and must be purchased in advance via brandshatch.co.uk to guarantee admission. MSV season pass holders are not required to notify Brands Hatch of their attendance prior to arrival.




LIVESTREAMING AND TV COVERAGE


British GT’s season opener is live on the championship’s website and Facebook page, as well as SRO’s GT World Youtube and Twitch channels, from 13:20 BST next Sunday.




BRANDS HATCH TIMETABLE

Saturday 22 May


09:30 – 10:30: Free Practice 1
12:20 – 13:20: Free Practice 2
16:05 – 16:15: Qualifying – GT3 Q1
16:19 – 16:29: Qualifying – GT3 Q2
16:33 – 16:43: Qualifying – GT4 Q1
16:48 – 16:58: Qualifying – GT4 Q2


Sunday 23 May


10:00 – 10:15: Warm-up
13:20 – 15:20: Race



LAP RECORDS


GT3 – 1m24.695s – Jonny Adam – TF Sport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 – 2016
GT4 – 1m32.998s – Will Tregurtha – HHC Motorsport Ginetta G55 GT4 – 2017




PITSTOP SPECIFICS – BRANDS HATCH (2 HOURS)



NEW FOR 2021: The number of driver changes are free but there are minimum and maximum total drive times for the starting driver. In GT4 starting drivers must complete a minimum of 58 minutes, while in GT3/C this rises to 62 minutes. All classes share the same maximum starting drive time of 70 minutes.


Mandatory Pitstop Times (pit-in to pit-out)
GT3: 115s | GT4: 145s


Pitstop Success Penalties


Not applicable at the opening round


All GT4 Silver Cup entries must serve an additional 26s during their mandatory driver changes and carry 25kg of ballast.
 



- Tom Hornsby, photo SRO

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