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British GT reveals record entry for 2019 season

Tuesday, March 05 2019

A record 38 full-season entries will contest the 2019 British GT Championship, which kicks off at Oulton Park on Easter Bank Holiday Weekend (20 and 22 April).

The series is unveiling its 2019 look at Donington Park today (Tuesday), and its grid of cars from the GT3, GT4, and GTC classes surpasses the previous record of 36, making this the biggest ever British GT season since its inauguration in 1993.

Seven manufacturers will be represented in the championship's flagship GT3 class, including five of the class's latest generation models: the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, McLaren 720S GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R. The BMW M6 GT3 makes its British GT debut too this year in a new-look, 14-car GT3 entry, of which only the Mercedes-AMG GT3 has previously appeared in the series.

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. 

GT4 continues to go from strength-to-strength too, with a record-equalling entry of 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 next month.

Further entries across all three classes are expected to race at some rounds, including those at Donington Park.

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."

MSV British GT 2019 dates
Saturday 20 and Monday 22 April, Oulton Park
18-19 May, Snetterton
22-23 June, Donington Park

3-4 August, Brands Hatch
14-15 September, Donington Park (season finale)