British GT Media Day Part 1/3

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Snetterton in Norfolk lived up to its familiar climatic reputation of freezing temperatures and little sunshine last Tuesday at the British GT Championship's Media Day.

With a confirmed entry of at least 33 cars (and expected to rise during the year) spread across its GT3 and GT4 format around 20 of those cars were at Snetterton for the annual media day with six of those in attendance being from the Aston Martin Racing stable. The confirmed entry list also confirmed an eleven car AMR entry as has been previously reported on The-Advantage.

The Media day was apparently scheduled by the series organisers for Brands Hatch (like last year) but with only the Indy circuit being available to them it was later switched late on to Snetterton at the request of the team owners and that may have explained some of the none attendances.

Those NOT in attendance included the two V12 Vantage GT3 entries from TF Sport, although a driving pair of one of those cars - Jonny Adam and Derek Johnston were. Speaking to Johnston he confirmed that the car that he would be sharing with the now AMR factory driver this year was currently 'spread across the workshop in a thousand bits' having the final upgrades completed in terms of replacing the engine and differential to bring it up to 2016 specification.

The teams other pairing of Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer again chose not to be there having already tested at Snetterton recently and again were in attendance at AMR's Valencia test.

Johnston confirmed that the team will be testing again at both Rockingham and Silverstone prior to the season's opener at Brands Hatch in April.

Another car not there but with the drivers present was the new for 2016 #408 Beechdean V8 Vantage GT4 that will be used by celebrity baker and aspiring GT racer Paul Hollywood alongside the ever improving GT4 Champion Jamie Chadwick as confirmed at the Media Day (see previous announcement).

The late announcing Motorbase GT3 car and driver pairing of Ross Wylie and Phil Dryburgh were also  all absent from the event but again they had recently completed a multi day test in Portimao with its sister Oman Racing car, a car that has surprisingly been entered only into the Blancpain series for 2016.

We understand that Motorbase boss David Bartrum was insistant upon at least one entry into the British GT championship and this pairing was the result.

Finally, the most recently confirmed team of MacMillan Racing were their in body but sadly without a car. We understand that deals were only finalised late last week just before the series confirmed their GT4 entry along with their young driver line up of Matthew Graham and Jack Mitchell.

All were on hand though at the Generation AMR garage with those who will be preparing their car under the Generation AMR MacMillan Racing banner.

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