The Avon Tyres British GT Championship’s new-for-2011 GT3 ‘Class B’ looks set to become a highlight of the series for drivers and teams looking to dip a toe into the waters of top-rank sports car racing.
Designed to attract cars which just a couple of seasons ago were winning races outright and which are now more affordable to buy and to run, Class B is being seen as an excellent route into the country’s premier GT championship by such as experienced club racer John Dhillon, who will step up alongside established pro driver Aaron Scott in an MTECH-prepared 2008-specification Ferrari 430.
“It will be an ideal introduction to British GT for John,” says Scott, a double British GT race-winner in 2009. “He is a driver with experience and aspirations, and gaining experience in the championship with a three-year-old machine will provide the perfect opportunity for him to learn the ropes without the pressure of being in a first-line car.
“Cars like the Ferrari 430, the Lamborghini and Viper are relatively inexpensive to buy and can be run for a fraction of the budget, which means that a less experienced driver can afford to spend more time testing. I really see a good future for the class, and there are a lot of cars out there which are eligible.”
British GT Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici believes the class will grow: “MTECH is hoping to run two older Ferraris and I have interest from other teams. These are cars which will probably be a second a lap or more off the best time which a state-of-the-art car can achieve, so it is easy to see the attraction of being competitive in a car which costs so much less to race.”
GT3 Class B will be one of five classes with the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in 2011. In addition to the grid-leading latest specification GT3 cars there will be divisions also for GT4 cars and GT Cup machines, as well as an Invitation class.