Just a few days to go until the 2018 season opener of British GT 2018 and we have a look at some of the new liveries and cars launched at the recent media day at Donington.
The new livery of the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental of Rick Parfitt Jnr and new partner Ryan Ratcliff, was hotly anticipated by media and fans alike and they weren’t disappointed.
While last years champ and Parfitts team mate Seb Morris moves onto pastures new in the shape of the Blancpain Endurance series, Parfitt Jnr commented at the media day press conference : “British GT was fantastic last year with a great story behind it for me personally. This year there are some incredible drivers, this year is about a new challenge, a building year and the pressure is off me and we’ll just have fun and see how far we can take it”.
New to the championship is the Jaguar GT4 of Invictus Games Racing The team pairs injured or sick ex service personnel with established drivers in the Invictus Foundation backed team.
The cars were unveiled earlier in the year at Autosport International Show but the chance to finally see the Jaguars on track was one of the highlights of the media day.
Other exciting additions out on track included the BMW M4’s of Century Motorsport and the Barwell Motorsport trio of Lamborghini Huracans.
2004 British Gt Champion Jonny Cocker, who will be behind the wheel of the 69
Huracan alongside Sam De Haan commented: “Myself and Sam did some track days and it progressed from there, we looked at GT4 but decided to go head first into GT3. This is Sam’s first season of racing but it’s remarkable, he is over-performing. For me it’s great to be back, British GT has a special place for me. If you can do well in British GT you can do well anywhere”
Balfe Motorsport also joins the Championship running two McLarens across both classes.
In the 650S GT3, McLaren factory driver Rob Bell is joined by team owner Shaun Balfe who had this to say “We were ready for a fresh challenge, we’ve been watching British GT and we’re very proud to be here representing the family team”
Also on hand was MSV boss and new owner of Donington Park Jonathan Palmer, who along with outlining some of the changes and improvements that are being undertaken at Donington, praised SRO for growing and nurturing British GT as the series continues to attract larger spectator numbers, good quality cars and factory driver involvement.
The championship commences this Easter Weekend at Oulton Park.
Images ©Andy Fitzpatrick