A record 38 full-season entries have been confirmed for the upcoming British GT Championship season, including 14 GT3 cars representing seven manufacturers.
The 2019 season entry list was revealed on Tuesday morning ahead of the annual Media Day at Donington Park.
The field surpasses the previous SRO Motorsports Group-era record of 36 set in 2014 and 2018, and is believed to be largest since the championship was established in 1993.
Five new GT3 models are confirmed, including cars from Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren and Porsche, as well as the BMW M6 GT3 which makes its series debut, and the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Twenty-three cars make up the GT4 class, with eight manufacturers represented, including series debuts for the Ford Mustang GT4 and KTM X-Bow GT4 as well as the new-for-2019 cars from Aston Martin and Porsche.
A single GTC entry is also listed, with WPI Motorsport running a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Additional entries are expected for the races at the championship’s larger capacity tracks of Silverstone, Donington and Spa-Francorchamps.
The Belgian round will be streamed live for the first time, meanwhile.
“The response from existing and new teams and drivers has once again surpassed our expectations,” said championship general manager Benjamin Franassovici.
“We previously limited ourselves to a maximum of 36 full-season entries but the unprecedented level of demand since registration opened last October has required us to re-evaluate.
“GT4 remains as popular as ever and I’m delighted to welcome so many new teams, drivers and cars.
“Greater capacity would have seen us break 2018’s class records, but we should still be extremely pleased to have matched the same number of entries and manufacturers.
“In any case, we will undoubtedly see more race-by-race entries as the season progresses.
“Likewise GT3 where we have one more full-season entry than last year. However, it’s the abundance of new models that has impressed and excited me the most.
“Investment like this demonstrates our teams’ commitment to and belief in British GT, as well as again proving GT3 and GT4’s status as the most suitable platforms for amateur, young and professional drivers alike.”
Following Media Day, the series’ first rounds will take place at Oulton Park on April 22.