British GT Silverstone 500 takes place this weekend for the series Blue Riband 3 hour race. The Silverstone 500 puts points and a half up for grabs as well as the prestigious RAC Trophy, last year won by 2017 champions Seb Morris and Rick Parfitt Jnr.
The event will also field the largest entry list of the season with 36 cars on the grid. Entries to look out for include former GT4 championship contender Alex Reed who returns aboard the Team HARD with Trade Price Cars Ginetta alongside Benjamin Wallace Reed commented: “I came so close to winning the British GT4 title in 2017 and hoped to return for another run at it this year, so it’s great to be involved, especially as I’ll be back behind the wheel of a Ginetta, which I’m so familiar with. I’m confident in Team HARD’s ability to provide a competitive racecar and there’s no doubt in my mind that we have the potential to achieve something spectacular at Silverstone.”
While long time Team HARD driver Jordan Stilp joins Callum Hawkins-Row in the #34 Ginetta after Anna Walewska earlier announced her withdrawal from the Silverstone round alongside University of Bolton who will also no longer be working with Team HARD.
Invictus Games Racings Matt George will be the first competitor to drive 2 cars in the same race when he continues his mentorship with the Invictus Games backed squad driving alongside Paul Vice and also joins James Holder in the Generation AMR Super Racing Aston Martin.
Speaking at an Invictus Games Racing VIP event George said: “Yes I am fortunate to be racing Aston Martin as well as the Invictus Car, it’s something that has not been done before, I’ve been training very hard and eating healthily. It’s going to to be difficult, it’s going to be a fantastic challenge and it’s nice for us professionals to prove to these guys(the Invictus Games Racing am drivers) that we are working as hard as they are!
Another addition to the grid will be Ricardo Sanchez who joins Blancpain team mate Struan Moore in the #24 RJN Motorsport Nissan, fresh from the teams Silver Cup podium place at Silverstone in May.
With Lee Mowle and Yelmer Buurman leading the championship just four and a half points ahead of Barwells Minshaw and Keen and a very competitive Darren Turner and Andrew Howard on 66 points in third place, the top of the leaderboard is wide open with points and a half available at Silverstone.
The British GT event features Supercar Sunday, a chance to see a paddock full of owner driven supercars, and the three hour race takes place on Sunday at 13.10.
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