Build up to British GT Championship's Media Day

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Last nights double reveal from TF Sport at the Aston Martin Lagonda's factory site in Gaydon served as providing us with good news in more ways than one.

Firstly, and from a statistical point of view it simply doubled the number of Aston Martin Racing entries so far confirmed to compete within the British GT Championship this season to four cars but also gave the potential for three of the 2019 British GT GT3 and GT4 overall champions to defend their respective crowns or indeed extent their Championship accolade to a mighty five Championships in Jonny Adams case.

From what we have already seen or not seen running up to the build up of Tuesday's Media Day at Snetterton in Norfolk is that 2020 is already going to be be run upon a complete different racing landscape to that of last year where we were blessed with eleven examples of AMR's latest Vantage GT3 and GT4 turbo charged race cars.

To firstly have eleven brand new race cars running in the first place was impressive enough yet alone to come away at the end of the season with both the GT3 and GT4 overall class championships as well as the Silver Cup and GT4 Pro-Am titles was something that probably can never or indeed will never be repeated.

Just why there has then been such a dramatic decline in AMR numbers for this season is hard to decipher but, as with any competitive championship, the competitive marketing strategies of each OEM marque makes for an extreme buyers market with McLaren already looking like the preferred 'chariots of choice' for 2020 after several years in the doldrums - so we (AMR fans) cannot complain!

Yesterdays announcement from TF Sport confirms the marques first two AMR Vantage GT3 entries within the Pro-Am class (with Tom Canning/Garham Davidson and Jonny Adam/Ahmad Al Harthy) as the already confirmed GT3 entry from Beechdean AMR with Valentin Hasse-Clot and Alex Toth-Jones behind the wheel will run in the GT3 Silver Cup class. The final car of this quartet is the TF Sport GT4 entry of Patrick Kibble and Connor O'Brien.

From what we have heard (and seen from details of the Test Day provided by the Championship) is that there may well be more Aston's on parade on Tuesday than what the official entry list would suggest as teams jostle for any remaining driver pairing potential before the Championship declares itself at capacity ahead or they reach its opening round at Oulton Park on the Easter weekend six weeks from now.

Tuesday's free to enter Media Day will give many of the attending teams their first opportunity to go testing with their new for 2020 line ups. The day will give the GT teams an hour of available track time in the morning with a further two hours in the afternoon in-between that of the supporting British F3 Championship.

Public access to the circuit opens at 09:00 with the first GT track action beginning at 10:00Hrs.

If you're coming along just remember - its early March - and its Snetterton. Bring plenty of layers!!

Photo credits - TF Sport / Beechdean / Jacob Ebrey
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