The British GT Championship embarks on its penultimate event of the year this weekend, with 30 cars set for a double-header at Norfolk’s Snetterton circuit.
ENTRY LIST: Snetterton
The main story heading to Snetterton is that the field returns to its normal size, after sharing the grid with the GT4 European Series at the last two rounds.
This leaves a combined grid of 30 cars, with 13 cars in GT3 and 17 in GT4. Both classes have new entries this weekend.
The PFL Motorsport-run Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Peter Littler and Jody Fannin returns to action after missing the Spa-Francorchamps race, but the similar Aston of Beechdean AMR has been forced to skip this round.
Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn’s No. 1 car sustained heavy damage at Spa, too much so to be repaired in time for Snetterton.
Optimum Motorsport has also provisionally pulled its entry, taking the only Audi R8 LMS off the grid this weekend. “It’s a tricky situation with the weight penalties we’ve had to carry,” explained team principal Sean Goff.
“We know that the Audi R8 LMS GT3 is very competitive, but we’ve just not had the results that we would like. I’d like to thank both Ryan and Will for their hard work and professionalism.”
The team announced it will source another driver pair for the remaining two rounds, but it wasn’t present on the provisional entry list released on Tuesday.
The final change to the GT3 class is the addition of an Aston Martin for Matt Manderson and Mike Brown, racing under the Ultimate Speed banner.
GT4 remains the largest class, with two new entries for Snetterton. Adrian Barwick and Bradley Ellis will field a Simpson Motorsport-run Ginetta G55 GT4, while Stratton Motorsport has expanded its effort to a two-car program.
In addition to Stratton’s Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 which will be driven by David Tinn and Andrew Jarman, the team will also field a Lotus Evora GT4 to be driven by Richard Taffinder and Martin Plowman.
Beechdean AMR continues its two-car effort in GT4, despite the absence of the GT3 car, but Ross Gunn replaces Jordan Albert in the No. 407 Aston alongside Jack Bartholomew.
In the GT3 championship standings, Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam continue to lead the way for TF Sport on 106 points, but Jon Minshaw and Phil Keen are only 8.5 points behind with three races remaining.
Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson lead the way in GT4 with 114.5 points, while Albert and Bartholomew are down by 17 points.
Race 1 is set for 11:50 a.m. local time on Sunday, with Race 2 at 4:05 p.m. Both races are one-hour in length.