Donington Park to crown British GT Champions this weekend
The British GT and BRDC F4 Championships head to Donington Park this weekend (12/13 September), with the event marking the final round of the season for one of the world’s top supercar racing series.
The British GT Championship will crown its main champions this weekend, with drivers racing immensely valuable, exotic sounding and in some cases, rare supercars from the likes of Aston Martin, Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche and Mercedes among others.
British GT is one of the most prestigious motorsport series in the UK, and a real crowd pleaser with spectacular sounding, and fantastic looking cars in action. The calibre of machinery means some of the world’s best sports car racers will compete this weekend, including many who have raced at the most legendary of all races, Le Mans.
The two hour race on Sunday promises to be a very tense affair – four teams are still in with a chance of winning the main GT3 title, but the championship is extremely competitive and with over 30 cars on the grid, anything could happen.
The current leaders are Marco Attard and Alexander Sims, at the wheel of a mighty BMW Z4, but they are just two points clear of the Aston Martin Vantage of Jonny Adam and Andrew Howard. Rory Butcher and ex-BTCC racer Liam Griffin are third, driving a similar Aston Martin, with Joe Osborne and Lee Mowle playing the role of outsiders in fourth.
The two hour race means drivers and teams have to balance sheer speed with strategy, perfectly executed driver changes during the pit stops, as well as regular refuelling and tyre changes.
Meanwhile, the GT4 title, for cars only slightly closer to their road going equivalent, has already been decided in the way of young stars Ross Gunn and Jamie Chadwick. In doing so, they not only became the youngest driver pairing to win a GT title (combined age of 35 years), but 17-year-old Chadwick confirmed her status as one of Britain’s leading female racers. With the pressure off, they will likely fly this weekend, and both are undoubtedly stars of the future.
The BRDC F4 Championship co-headlines the event, featuring an international line-up of young drivers all aiming to make it to the fame and fortune of Formula 1.
A glance at the entry list confirms the F1 link, the current championship leader is Will Palmer, the 18-year old son of ex-F1 racer Jonathan Palmer, and the brother to Lotus F1 test driver Jolyon Palmer. His team mate meanwhile, is 17-year-old Harrison Newey, son of the legendary F1 car designer, Adrian Newey.
The three F4 races will see 20 cars go wheel to wheel across the weekend, with Palmer in with a chance of claiming the title a round early. There’s a strong line-up of racers giving him the chase though including Britons Tom Jackson and Omar Ismail, who hails from nearby Solihull, while Scotsman Ciaran Haggerty boasts big name support from the likes of Dario Franchitti and Allan McNish.
Aside from the Brits, there’s also a strong international flavour with entrants from South Africa, Mexico, Oman, India and Argentina. Derbyshire team Hillspeed boasts one of the more cosmopolitan line-ups, with drivers from Oman, Argentina and India!
Donington Park Managing Director Christopher Tate commented: “The racing this weekend will be a real treat for spectators at Donington Park. British GT has firmly established itself as Britain’s leading supercar category, and indeed rivals many seen around the world. The championship battle is going to be very intense for the drivers and teams, but extremely exciting for fans, Donington Park always lends itself to brilliant sports car racing!
“With a fantastic support package of races, headed by the BRDC F4 single seater series, and races from more sports cars from Ginetta and saloons of the VW Cup, it’s going to be a real action packed weekend of motorsport at Donington Park.”
Tickets for the British GT and BRDC F4 Championships at Donington Park this weekend are available in advance for just £12 per day, or £20 for the full weekend. Advance booking closes at 5PM on Wednesday 9 September, after which, tickets will be available for purchase upon arrival at the circuit.
For more information, visit www.donington-park.co.uk.