GT fun set to continue at Silverstone

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GT racing action continues at Silverstone this weekend with the local venue hosting the blue-ribboned race of the season for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Several teams and drivers who were in action at Silverstone last weekend in the Blancpain Endurance Series will be back for more to contest the third Briish GT event of the 2015 season.

The championship is currently headed by the Ecurie Ecosse team, who will again have Alexander Sims and Marco Attard at the wheel of their BMW Z4 GT3, as a near full grid will take part.

Heading the local entry is the Silverstone-based FF Corse team, who will have Gary Eastwood and Adam Carroll in their GT3-specification Ferrari 458 Italia, and the Buckingham-based Team GPRM. Stefan Hodgetts and Richard Williams will again drive the GPRM GT4 class Toyota GT86.

A strong showing in the last round at Rockingham earlier this month gave the team a huge confidence boost, and hopes are high in the team for a strong showing in the three-hour race.

Stefan Hodgetts said “We are really looking forward to giving the Toyota a good run at Silverstone. This is a very important race for the championship and also taking place at Silverstone, the race is close to the team’s headquarters. We had a good car at Rockingham, and we were unlucky not to finish in second position there. We are aiming for a good race and who knows, a GT4 podium could be a real possibility.”

The GT86 will carry the colours of the BEN and Racing4MND charities, with the team, and the organisers of the British GT Championship raising money for both causes by way of a cycle ride around the Grand Prix track during the weekend.

The Duo BRDC F4 Championship will also feature at the event, with Silverstone’s Jordan Albert aiming for success on his home track.

The SWR team driver is placed seventh in the points standings after the opening six rounds, and he is keen to gain ground on the championship leader, Chris Mealin, who currently has a 58 points advantage over the local racer. Towcester’s Michael O’Brien, winner of race two at Rockingham, is also look to score strong results at his home track, and the youngster is placed ninth in the standings - 19 points behind Albert.

Also featuring at the event will be races for the Milltek Sport VW Racing Cup, Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge and the Ginetta Racing Drivers’ Club. Track action starts at 9am tomorrow morning (Saturday), with the British GT race taking place on Sunday – the race starting at 12.20pm.