The British GT Championship will feature its largest full-season entry for four years, helped by its biggest ever numbers for the GT4 division.
British GT Championship organiser SRO unveiled a capacity entry list at the annual media day season launch at Donington Park today (Thursday).
The GT4 field has again been the largest area of growth, with 23 cars shared across eight different manufacturers. That marks the highest ever entry for the junior GT category, surpassing last year’s benchmark of 16.
There are also 13 entries in the headline GT3 division, with multiple-car efforts from TF Sport, Team Parker Racing and Barwell Motorsport.
GT3 boasts six marques – Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and the recently confirmed Nissan programme.
It is the first time that British GT has hit its capacity of 36 full-season entries since 2014. Should all of those cars make it to Oulton Park, it will be the series’ largest ever opening round grid, beating the 34 cars that started the 2014 event.
British GT Championship manager Benjamin Franassovici said: “This year could well be the most exciting and competitive British GT entry ever assembled. We’re not taking anything for granted – far from it – but our Pro/Am format and Balance of Performance [equalisations system] has undoubtedly helped boost GT3 numbers. I think we’ve proven that, under the right conditions, the class can still thrive domestically.
“Of course the factory GT3 drivers have grabbed most of the pre-season headlines, but GT4 represents the biggest success story. The influx of manufacturers has forced people to take notice, the cars look great and our grid is bigger than ever. This could well be the year that GT4 emerges from GT3’s shadow.”