Biggest full-season entry in championship’s 27-year history
10 manufacturers represented across three classes
Five new-generation GT3 models confirmed
Spa streamed live for the first time
The series’ 27th campaign maintains the trend of recent seasons by featuring more cars than ever before. Although one-off entries have occasionally resulted in larger grids at specific events, this year’s full-season total across GT3, GTC and GT4 surpasses the previous SRO Motorsports Group era record of 36 set in 2018 and 2014. It is also believed to be the largest since the championship was established in 1993.
Only circuit restrictions have prevented British GT from accepting even more cars this year. However, that hasn’t stopped organisers assembling another varied entry list, which comprises 10 manufacturers across its three classes.
14 GT3s built by seven manufacturers (both the biggest numbers to contest British GT’s senior class’ since 2016) are confirmed. Five of those models – the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, McLaren 720S GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R – are available to customers for the first time this year, while the BMW M6 GT3 also makes its British GT debut in 2019. Indeed, only the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which comprises just 14% of the top class, has previously raced in the UK’s national GT championship.
There’s also a wealth of talent in GT3, which features drivers with a combined total of 13 British GT titles. Reigning champion Jonny Adam will be eager to extend the GT3 and overall wins record beyond his current 14 while also monitoring the progress of Phil Keen who remains just one behind. Victory for Adam or any of Aston Martin’s other three entries would also move it level with Porsche on the list of most British GT3 wins by a manufacturer, which stands at 33.
Meanwhile, the GTC class also returns full-time to British GT for the first time since 2013 courtesy of a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and WPI Motorsport, which will evaluate its GT3 graduation as the season progresses.
Elsewhere, the popularity of GT4 shows no sign of abating thanks to a record-equalling 23 cars and eight manufacturers. Four models – the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4, Ford Mustang GT4, KTM X-Bow GT4 and Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport – are either brand-new for 2019 or have never previously contested a British GT round. A ninth manufacturer could also join the full-season entry list before Oulton Park opens the campaign on April 20 & 22.
With GT4 champion Jack Mitchell and runner-up Ben Green graduating to GT3, the stage is set for new contenders to emerge. Reigning Pro-Am title winners Nick Jones and Scott Malvern head the current list of eight Pro-Am crews, while 13 are registered to contest the Silver Cup. Just three of GT4’s 23 driver line-ups remain unannounced.
Further entries across all three classes are expected to race at Silverstone, Donington and Spa-Francorchamps.
In other news, all nine of this year’s British GT races will be streamed live for the first time ever after Spa-Francorchamps was added to the schedule. Coverage of the championship’s annual trip to Belgium will be shown live on British GT’s website and Facebook page, as well as SRO’s GT World Youtube channel, just like each of the six UK-based events.
Benjamin Franassovici, British GT Championship General Manager: “The response from existing and new teams and drivers has once again surpassed our expectations. 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.”
Oulton Park kicks off British GT’s seven-round, nine-race 2019 campaign on Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (April 20 & 22).
Full Season Entry List
TEAM / ENTRANT # CAR DRIVER 1 DRIVER 2 CLASS CAT
TF Sport 2 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 Mark Farmer Nicki Thiim GT3 Pro/Am 1
Century Motorsport 3 BMW M6 GT3 Dominic Paul Ben Green GT3 Pro/Am 1
RAM Racing 6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Ian Loggie Callum Macleod GT3 Pro/Am 1
Team Parker Racing 7 Bentley Continental GT3 Glynn Geddie Ryan Ratcliffe GT3 Silver 1
Team ABBA Racing 8 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Richard Neary Adam Christodoulou GT3 Pro/Am 1
Century Motorsport 9 BMW M6 GT3 Adrian Willmott Jack Mitchell GT3 Pro/Am 1
WPI Motorsport 18 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Michael Igoe Adam Wilcox GTC Pro/Am 1
Balfe Motorsport 22 McLaren 720S GT3 Shaun Balfe Rob Bell GT3 Pro/Am 1
JRM Racing 31 Bentley Continental GT3 Seb Morris Rick Parfitt Jnr GT3 Pro/Am 1
G-Cat Racing 33 Porsche 911 GT3 R Shamus Jennings Greg Caton GT3 Am/Am 1
TF Sport 47 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 Graham Davidson Jonny Adam GT3 Pro/Am 1
Barwell Motorsport 69 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO Sam De Haan Jonny Cocker GT3 Pro/Am 1
Barwell Motorsport 72 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO Adam Balon Phil Keen GT3 Pro/Am 1
Optimum Motorsport 96 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 Oliver Wilkinson Bradley Ellis GT3 Silver 1
Beechdean AMR 99 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3 Andrew Howard Marco Sørensen GT3 Pro/Am 1
Tolman Motorsport 4 McLaren 570S GT4 James Dorlin Josh Smith GT4 Silver 1
Tolman Motorsport 5 McLaren 570S GT4 Jordan Collard Lewis Proctor GT4 Silver 1
Beechdean AMR 11 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Kelvin Fletcher Martin Plowman GT4 Pro/Am 1
Multimatic Motorsports 15 Ford Mustang GT4 Scott Maxwell Seb Priaulx GT4 Silver 1
Multimatic Motorsports 19 Ford Mustang GT4 Billy Johnson TBC GT4 Pro/Am 1
Balfe Motorsport 20 McLaren 570S GT4 Graham Johnson Michael O'Brien GT4 Pro/Am 1
RACE Performance 23 Ford Mustang GT4 Sam Smelt Árón Taylor-Smith GT4 Silver 1
Track Focused 32 KTM X-Bow GT4 Mike McCollum Sean Cooper GT4 Pro/Am 1
Optimum Motorsport 35 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Connor O'Brien Jack Butel GT4 Silver 1
Century Motorsport 42 BMW M4 GT4 TBC TBC GT4 TBC 1
Century Motorsport 43 BMW M4 GT4 Angus Fender Andrew Gordon-Colebrooke GT4 Silver 1
Invictus Games Racing 44 Jaguar F-TYPE SVR GT4 Steve McCulley / Paul Vice Matthew George GT4 Pro/Am 1
HHC Motorsport 57 McLaren 570S GT4 Callum Pointon Dean Macdonald GT4 Silver 1
HHC Motorsport 58 McLaren 570S GT4 Tom Jackson Luke Williams GT4 Silver 1
Academy Motorsport 61 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Micah Stanley Ben Hurst GT4 Silver 1
Academy Motorsport 62 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Alex Toth-Jones Will Moore GT4 Silver 1
Team Parker Racing 66 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Nick Jones Scott Malvern GT4 Pro/Am 1
Optimum Motorsport 75 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Mike Robinson Patrik Matthiesen GT4 Silver 1
Fox Motorsport 77 Mercedes-AMG GT4 Mark Murfitt Michael Broadhurst GT4 Pro/Am 1
GT Marques 88 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport Chris Car Dino Zamparelli GT4 Pro/Am 1
Steller Performance 89 TBC TBC TBC GT4 TBC 1
TF Sport 95 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Patrick Kibble Josh Price GT4 Silver 1
TF Sport 97 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT4 Tom Canning Rory Collingbourne GT4 Silver 1