British GT 2015 - The racing is about to begin

Friday, March 27, 2015

Wednesday 25th March saw the SRO hold their annual Media Day for their 2015 British GT Championship, this time at the Brands Hatch circuit in Kent.

Briefing the attending motorsport media at the press conference SRO boss Stephane Ratel confirmed that 2015 would once again see a capacity grid for the championship (for its fourth consecutive year) with other participants still waiting in the wings to field yet more cars as and when grids permitted.

The Gentleman Driver Trophy shall continue into 2015 Ratel continued, with race fuel and lubricants partners Sunoco and Petronas  each offering prizes to the fastest driver of the weekend and another for the attending fans to win a signed chequered flag in their own competition.

The theme for the year with the SRO and partners will be the emphasis in getting people through the turnstiles at each of the meetings. With ticket sales for the first round at Oulton Park being 34% up on last year the early indicators are good, and with the couple of rounds featuring live broadcasts on MotorsTV things can only get better.

A complete 2015 entry list can be found here

With only the #17 TF Sport car of Derek Johnston and Matt Bell being absent the remaining twelve Aston Martin cars really put on a show for the crowd and the cameras.

The biggest news of the day however was the confirmation that Motorbase would indeed run their third V12 Vantage GT3 under the Oman Racing Team banner and, as reported late last week, Phil Dryburgh does indeed make his return into the championship with non other than Motorbase BTCC jock Matt Jackson.

True gentleman driver Dryburgh said that "the deal had been in the pipeline for some weeks and was the obvious thing to do considering" but he was "absolutely delighted to be back and with such a talented team and co driver".

As there are so many AMR teams entered into this years championship we will have a few notes and shots of each team coming up over the next few days as we wait for the British GT season to start at Oulton Park on the 4th and 6th April.

Photo credits - Richard Leach
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