The Avon Tyres British GT Championship is the undisputed Premier Sportscar Championship in the UK displaying large grids of the best and most recent Supercar machinery – Ascari KZ1R, Aston Martin DBRS9, Dodge Viper Coupe, Ferrari 430, Lotus Sport Exige, Porsche 997 and the Lamborghini Gallardo to name a few…
As the oldest GT Championship in Europe, it has a heritage of professionalism, competition and accessibility. Racing around the most prestigious and challenging tracks in the country it provides an unrivalled challenge for drivers and teams alike.
Promotional support for teams and drivers from series partners and a high profile support package including British F3 International, Formula Ford, Caterhams, Ginetta and the VW Cup
Free Practice: Usually taking place Saturday mornings, one 75 minute session.
Qualifying: Two frantic fifteen minute qualifying sessions with a different driver in each decide the grids. For the one hour races, the driver starting the first race qualifies in the first session and the driver starting the second race qualifies in the second session, the driver with the highest driver ranking must always start the second qualifying session and race.
Race Pits: There’s a mandatory driver change between the 23rd and 37th minute of any one hour race that takes place in front of each teams allocated pit garage or area of at least 45 seconds. Up to four mechanics can work on the car and help the drivers get in and out. In two hour endurance races, tyres and fuel change strategies; refueling stops must be a minimum of 90 seconds
The Avon Tyres British GT Championship machines are split into 2 categories, GT3 and GTC, the FIA homologate all the GT3 cars and make adjustments through weight and other measures (engine restrictors, ride height etc.) using techniques pioneered by the GT1 category of the FIA GT Championship, to ensure a balance of performance between the various models. This allows for competition not just against those driving the same car, but also against other drivers at the wheel of cars from rival manufacturers to maximize the racing spectacle and put the emphasis on driver skill. The GTC machines are more road derivative built racing cars from one make championships such as the Porsche Cup and Ferrari Challenge with only limited tuning modifications allowed.
2011 Avon Tyres British GT Championship is set to be a true test of driver, car and team stamina, featuring a three-hour late-summer event on the Donington Park Grand Prix circuit as well as a trio of two-hour races. The provisional calendar for the series, revealed today, also includes a visit to sports car racing’s spiritual home, the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
There will be eight events in total, most of them joint meetings alongside the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, with the championship blasting into action – much as it means to carry on – with a two-hour refuelling race on Easter Monday, 25 April, at Oulton Park. There will be two-hour races also on the new-for-2011 Snetterton ‘300’ circuit and as the season finale on Silverstone’s ‘Arena’ circuit.
Twin one-hour ‘sprint’ races are planned for the Brands Hatch and Rockingham meetings, and there will be a further double-header event, probably at Silverstone or Donington in late July, the details of which have yet to be finalised. The two one-hour races planned for Spa will see the British GT grid merging with that of the FIA GT4 European Cup. Please visit the official web site www.britishgt.com
There will be TV coverage on terrestrial TV via Channel 4, with additional coverage on Motors TV across Europe, and online via Channel 4’s video-on-demand service 4OD. The championship is sponsored by Avon Tyres and is further supported by motorsport insurance specialist AON, by Sunoco Racing Fuels and by Anglo American Oil Company.