British GT Teams Part 1/3

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thirteen Aston Martin cars feature on the current British GT entry schedule evenly split across the GT3 and GT4 platform, entered across eight teams.

As all bar one car where present at the official Media Day at Brands Hatch earlier this week we were able to collate a few notes and thoughts from the teams as to what they expect from the series.

22GT Racing

Aston Martin Heritage runners from Derby, 22GT Racing return to the British GT championship after a few years absence since team boss Tom Alexander last ran his Aston Martin DBRS9 GT3. For this year the team have purchased one of the former MP Motorsport V12 Vantage GT3's for former British GT Champion Jon Barnes and GT rookie Mark Farmer.

British GT will be just one series that the team shall be tackling this year alongside entering the International GT Open with their GT3 (different driver line up), AMOC GT4 and Britcar with their V8 Vantage GT4 and various historical events with their DBRS9 GT3 and DB4GT. In the words of one team member - "it will be mega!"

Beechdean Motorsport

The 2013 GT3 champions and 2014 GT4 champions return to the championship with both their GT3 and GT4 cars. Whilst the 'headline' act remains the same with team boss Andrew Howard retaining the driving services of Jonny Adam the #407 GT4 car has an all new and younger driver line up.

Jamie Chadwick moves over from tin tops to GT4 racing together with former BRDC F4 single seater race winner Ross Gunn and that makes these 'peskie kids' one of the youngest driver line ups around in GT racing. The season will represent a steep learning curve for the drivers but history has shown that the team has the talent and depth of knowledge to give them all the tools for the job they'd need to succeed.

With what has been recorded as being Howard's last season in British GT before he elevates himself and the team into the realms of the European Le Mans Series and beyond we can be under no doubt that 'Scoobie' will be going all out for race and ultimately the championship win - they'll certainly be one of the favourites this year for the championship.

Quantamatic Racing

Wanting the push the envelope of their driving abilities, former Caterham drivers Terry Langley and Mike Hart enter their beautifully liveried and Team Parker Racing prepared Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4.

With a few testing sessions now under their belts the team still hadn't been able to accomplish all of their early goals due either small technical issues or weather/track conditions pushing obstacles in their way. Even at the Media Day bad fate was to beset them when the tiny error of slightly crossing onto the grass when entering the braking zone into Surtees put the car into a spin, the spinning car with the changes in air pressure inside the cockpit blowing out the windscreen putting an end to their day's running.

"Its clear that this is going to be a very competitive year" said Hart, "the level of work required is of a magnitude far above that what is required at club level. The level of support that we have been receiving even before the opening round has also been incredible and we're very appreciative of that!".

The team were however able to test at Rockingham the next day as planned and without incident putting in some comparative lap times to last years GT4 winners. 

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