It’s a scriptwriter’s dream: A record 38 full-season entries (the highest number in British GT’s 27-year history), seven GT3 manufacturers (five of which are releasing customer-models for the very first time), 13 British GT titles shared by the GT3 grid, oh, and did I mention the thunderous BMW M6?
GT racing has seen its fair share of ups and downs since the heady days of GT1 (with the McLaren F1 GTR, and 7-Litre Lister Storm), but in recent years, SRO, Stephane Ratel’s far-reaching race promotion and management organisation, has steadfastly set-about engaging professional teams and manufacturers, harmonising regulations and delivering formats that has not only given meaningful structure and stability to championships around the world, it has also attracted a new generation of racers to the grid.
‘Yes’, it still costs shed load of money to put yourself behind the wheel, but GT racing, once the domain of the wealthy enthusiast is now home to a new generation of young professionals who have steered away from single seaters to focus on building longer-lasting careers with some of the world’s top brands.
GT4, in particular, is booming as talented teens join with leading manufacturers to develop their potential in a showcase of true Gran Turismo: Wheel-to-wheel racing around our grandest circuits in cars that are built for racing but designed for the road. It may not be Formula One, but the racing’s far closer and just as glamorous. Rounds 1 & 2 kick the season off at Oulton Park next month, with the 9-round series concluding at Donington in September.
Here are some of our favourite images from last week’s media day.
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