Great news for fans of the Avon Tyres British GT Championships – the highlight of their seasons calender is about to get even more exciting!
The annual visit to the spiritual home of sports car racing, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, will play host to new sporting features and see the return of the thrilling Ford GT next month.
According to the Independent newspaper, which also sponsors the sport, RPM Motorsport has this week confirmed that its GT will rejoin the championship from the Spa race onwards, with Alex Mortimer and Philip Walker, who drove the car to victory together at Donington Park last season, renewing their partnership in Belgium.
The race distance has also been lengthened to two-and-a-half hours with two mandatory pit stops and double championship points up for grabs.
This new race format opens up a host of different strategies to the teams and brings the requirement for slick and safe pit work into play, plus team can opt to add a third driver to their line-up.
Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici says the Spa race, which will run alongside the domestic Belcar sports car series, will be a challenging one for the Avon Tyres British GT squads: “The teams are used to 60-minute races, and Spa will be 150 minutes with two refuelling stops,” he said.
“Teams will have to think carefully about their strategies, there’s always a chance of rain in the heart of Belgium, and when you throw in the added challenge of Eau Rouge and two-and-a-half hours of racing, we are expecting some interesting results.”
One hour of practice and a full hour of qualifying are scheduled for Friday 4 June, with round five of the championship set to commence at mid-morning the following day.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team