Buckingham team to contest 2015 GT Championship

Stefan Hodgetts in action with the GPRM Toyota at Brands Hatch last season
Stefan Hodgetts in action with the GPRM Toyota at Brands Hatch last season

The Buckingham-based GPRM team have confirmed they will again contest the Avon Tyres British GT Championship in 2015 after making their debut in the series last year with a Toyota GT86.

The GT4 specification GT86 racer produced strong performances at Brands Hatch and Donington Park driven by Stefan Hodgetts and James Fletcher, and Hodgetts has been re-signed as the team’s lead driver.

The GPRM squad are in talks with other drivers to partner Hodgetts, and if a significant budget can be found, the team are considering the option of running a second GT86 car in the British GT Championship.

The Avon Tyres British GT Championship was hugely popular last year, only outperformed by the British Touring Car Championship for crowd figures in the UK, with the GT3 class won by the Ecurie Ecosse BMW Z4 team.

The series saw near full grids at all of its events and the 2015 season will kick-off at Oulton Park in early April before visiting all of Britain’s leading tracks plus Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

GPRM are expecting to be on-track well before the start of the season to put their lead car through its paces at pre-season tests. Hodgetts said: “I really enjoy driving the Toyota and at the end of the 2014 season the car began to really show its potential.

“I am looking forward to driving the car again this season and I’m sure we can be competitive right from the off. The British GT Championship is a great place to be and grids are big and the GT cars are very popular with spectators. It would be good if we are in a position to score some class victories.”

Meanwhile, Brackley’s Anthony Davidson, winner of the 2014 World Endurance Championship, will join a host of motorsport stars and celebrities in Birmingham this weekend as he attends the Autosport International Show at the NEC.

The National Exhibition Centre event is the traditional starting point of the British motor racing and rallying season, with many new projects for the the 2015 season set to be launched.

Davidson will attend as one of the star drivers, and will be present to meet enthusiasts and sign autographs. Former WEC champion Allan McNish will also attend alongside former Grand Prix racer turned TV pundit David Coulthard.

The show takes place throughout the weekend and is expected to attract over 80,000 visitors.

Davidson said: “The Autosport International Show is a great way to start the season for so many. The 2015 season is fast approaching and the NEC allows everyone to gear up for the new year.

“For me, the focus is very much winning the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in June.

“I had a superb season winning the WEC with Toyota and my team-mate, Sebastien Buemi. The aim is to repeat that success, but also add the Le Mans title to the list of races won as well. Le Mans is the most important race in the World Endurance Championship and to win it would be great for the team.

The Silverstone-based Historic Sports Car Club will officially launch their 2015 season at the show.

The club are Britain’s largest organiser of historic racing events and offer their competitors a wide variety of races including headline events at Silverstone, Brands Hatch, Donington Park and Oulton Park.