The full-season entry list for the British GT Championship has been released at Snetterton’s annual Media Day, with 12 GT3 and 19 GT4 cars making up a 31-strong grid.
ENTRY LIST: British GT
Reigning champion TF Sport returns with an unchanged lineup of Jonny Adam, Derek Johnston, Jon Barnes and Mark Farmer in its pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT3s, while Macmillan AMR also brings a GT3 Aston to the field.
They will be joined by two Lamborghini Huracan GT3s campaigned by Barwell Motorsport, again with an unchanged lineup save for BTCC star Sam Tordoff joining Liam Griffin in the No. 6 car.
Team Parker Racing is set for an increased effort this season, bringing a pair of Bentley Continental GT3s, while AmD Tuning and Team ABBA with Rollcentre Racing both make the switch from the BMW Z4 GT3 to Mercedes-AMG machinery this season.
AF Corse is set to enter the field’s sole Ferrari 488 GT3 under the Spirit of Race banner for Duncan Cameron and Matt Griffin, meanwhile.
The most notable absentee is Beechdean AMR, with the Andrew Howard-led squad announcing in February that it would sit out British GT this season to focus on the European Le Mans Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The top class’ field is completed by two factory-backed Ginetta G55 GT3s run by Century Motorsport, which has young Americans Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker in its lineup.
The majority of the field is made up of GT4 machinery, however.
The most popular car in the class is the Ginetta G55 GT4, with seven entries fielded by Autoaid/RCIB Insurance Racing, Century Motorsport, Lanan Racing, HHC Motorsport and Optimum Motorsport.
Class champions Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson return to Optimum’s Ginetta. Although its Audi R8 LMS is not yet confirmed for a return, the car is present at Snetterton as the Shaun Goff-led team tries to find potential drivers and partners.
Six McLaren 570S GT4s will be also be present at the Oulton Park season-opener, run by Black Bull Garage 59, In2Racing, Tolman Motorsport and track-club.
The rest of the field comprises two entries each representing Aston Martin and Nissan, as well as a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR from Team Parker Racing.
GPRM is listed to return with its Toyota GT86 but the identity of its drivers is yet to be announced.
“GT4’s upward trend continues, and clearly the McLaren has proven a very popular addition to the class,” commented Championship Manager Benjamin Franassovici.
“But it’s also obvious that the influx of aspiring professionals hasn’t deterred gentleman drivers. In fact, the number of Pro/Am crews still outnumber the Silvers despite more and more youngsters seeing GT racing as a viable career path.
“But GT3 deserves a special mention. New drivers, teams and cars prove that the class remains very much a part of British GT.
“We worked very hard over the winter to secure its place and have been repaid with a fantastic grid. I certainly can’t recall a tougher entry in terms of genuine potential race winners than 2017’s.”
The season kicks off on April 15/17 at Cheshire’s Oulton Park circuit.