British GT return to to their two sprint race format for this weekends visit to Snetterton

Tuesday, July 09, 2024


Dispensing with the endurance rounds again sees the British GT Championship return to the UK for their fifth round of the season around the flat Snetterton 300 circuit for what will be two more-hour long sprint races.

Having opened the season with the same format at Oulton Park way back over Easter, subsequent rounds at Silverstone, Donington Park and most recently at Spa Francorchamps have seen the GT3/GT4 grid race the longer format of races with great success for the five Aston Martin Racing powered crews – particularly within the GT4 class.

This weekend, however, sees just four Aston Martin’s make their way up the A11 as the #97 Beechdean AMR of Silver-Am pairing Andrew Howard and Jessica Hawkins miss the event due to prior commitments (and not this time on Hawkin’s F1 side of the equation!)

This weekend’s entry list sees just thirty-three cars make the trip (compared to the thirty-six at the season opener) but with the usual full season protagonists still there including the two Vantage GT3 cars from the Blackthorn AMR and two Vantage GT4 cars from the Forsetti Motorsport teams.

Last month’s visit to Belgium was very much a bittersweet experience for the collective AMR runners as the #97 car of Howard was eliminated with damage at the opening corner whilst the #87 Blackthorn AMR GT3 of Jonny Adam and Giacomo Petrobelli suffered a late engine/transmission issue that robbed them of an otherwise podium pending position.

Whilst that was that the #10 Blackthorn AMR of Matt Topham and Josh Rowledge did secure their first Silver-Am pole position of the year which transferred into a P2 finish in class at the end.

The best results were however reserved for the GT4 class as the Snetterton based Forsetti team enjoyed another podium double for their #47 Pro-Am and #7 Silver Cup entries of Marc Warren/Will Orton and Mikey Porter/Jamie Day respectively.

Those results have seen the #10 car move up to P4 within the GT3 Silver-Am title chase, the #87 GT3 drop to P9 within the GT3 Pro-Am class whilst both Forsetti crews lead their respective drivers championships as well as the GT4 Teams Championship by nearly double the points to their nearest competitor.

Weather forecasts for the weekend presently show both Saturday and Sunday as being dry and possibly pushing up to 20 degrees on race day – so in other words, absolutely anything can happen and usually will!!

Photo credits – Jacob Ebrey / teams / social media
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