British GT Championship

 

 

For 29 years the Intelligent Money British GT Championship has formed an intrinsic part of the UK’s national motorsport fabric. But, having undergone a number of changes throughout those that quarter-century, it’s difficult to envisage an era more competitive than the current GT3/4 format.

First organised by the British Racing Drivers Club in 1993, the BRDC National Sports GT Challenge (as it was then known) featured grids of wildly different machinery loosely grouped into vibrant classes comprising sportscars and saloons.
The term ‘British GT’ was first used in 1995 just as a new age of GT1 and GT2 cars was beginning to materialise. Indeed, the latter part of the 1990s would see some of the category’s most incredible and iconic cars, such as the McLaren F1 GTR, Porsche 911 GT1, Lister Storm GTL and Jaguar XJ220C contest British GT in the hands of top-line international racers and home-grown amateur talent.
But a GT racing revolution was about to take place, and Britain would be at the forefront. With GT1 becoming an increasingly distant memory and GT2 proving too costly the championship sought a fresh direction. New, balanced GT3 regulations had proven popular in Europe under SRO’s guidance and when the organisation was appointed British GT promoter in 2004 the same cars made their way across the Channel.
Indeed, since then British GT has re-established itself as the world’s foremost domestic GT series. GT4’s arrival and subsequent expansion currently sees two classes running on the same track at once, an important aspect of GT competition that enables a driver to prepare for international endurance racing, while the option to also field GTC entries remains a possibility.
Traditional British sportscar manufacturers have always featured heavily in the series: Lotus, TVR, Marcos, Darrian, Lister and, more recently, Chevron, Ginetta, Aston Martin, McLaren and Bentley have underlined the championship’s unique British spirit.

CLASSES
• GT3 and GT4

• Cars not homologated as either GT3 or GT4 can run as Invitational entries at British GT’s discretion

• GTC remains a legal but currently unused specification

• Rules include performance balancing and handicap weights


DRIVER GRADING

• Pro/Am driver crews are the bedrock of British GT. These consist of professional drivers graded as Silver (or higher) and amateur/gentleman drivers graded as Bronze.

• In 2021 driver line-ups comprising two FIA Silver-graded drivers will no longer be permitted to race in British GT3. Instead, a Silver-Am class – first trialled in 2016 – will be added to the existing Pro-Am and Am-Am classifications.

Variables within the FIA’s grading criteria mean not all Silver drivers automatically qualify for British GT’s Silver-Am classification. Instead, the Silver element will typically comprise promising but less experienced young drivers, GT4 graduates or those likely to contribute some budget when paired with a Bronze-graded amateur.

TYPICAL RACE WEEKEND FORMAT

British GT race weekends typically run Saturday-Sunday.

Day 1
60mins Free Practice 1
60mins Free Practice 2
10mins GT3 Qualifying 1 (Am drivers must contest this session)
10mins GT3 Qualifying 2
10mins GT4 Qualifying 1 (Am drivers must contest this session)
10mins GT4 Qualifying 2

Day 2
15mins Warm-up
60/120/180mins Race 1
60mins Race 2 (Oulton Park and Snetterton only)

2022 Calendar

  • 16 – 18 April – Oulton Park
  • 7 – 8 May – Silverstone 500
  • 28 – 29 May – Donington Park
  • 25 – 26 June – Snetterton
  • 23 – 24 July – Spa-Francorchamps
  • 10 – 11 September – Brands Hatch
  • 15 – 16 October 2022 – Donington Park

FF Corse Support Packages

FF Corse offer a full testing and support package for GT Cup entrants, with hospitality, driver coaches, data engineers, team manager and technicians. For further details of these championships, or others we can support you in, please get in touch with a member of the team.