Gunn back to Beechdean GT4 af­ter Al­bert’s with­drawal BMW ex­pands cus­tomer rac­ing range with M4 GT4

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Ross Gunn will re­turn to the GT4 divi­sion of Bri­tish GT at Snetterton this week­end to help Beechdean fight for a third straight ti­tle af­ter reg­u­lar driver Jor­dan Al­bert was forced to with­draw.

Gunn, 19, will share the team’s As­ton Martin Van­tage GT4 with Jack Bartholomew af­ter Al­bert was forced on to the side­lines due to an un­re­solved is­sue. The news is a blow with Al­bert sec­ond in the GT4 points, just 17.5 down on Op­ti­mum Mo­tor­sport’s Gra­ham John­son and Mike Robin­son.

Gunn lifted the GT4 ti­tle last sea­son with Beechdean along­side Jamie Chad­wick, and had been due to race the team’s GT3 en­try along­side An­drew Howard, but that car has been ruled out of Snetterton due to dam­age sus­tained in the last race at Spa ( MN, , July 27).

“It’s hugely dis­ap­point­ing to not be rac­ing the GT3, but be­ing back in GT4 is a sil­ver lin­ing,” said Gunn.

“I feel des­per­ately sorry for Jor­dan as he’s done noth­ing wrong all sea­son and has been in the cham­pi­onship fight from the word go. It’s a cruel way to end his sea­son, but I’m sure he’ll be back. “It will take some time to get used to a GT4 machine again. They move about un­der­neath you a lot more than a GT3 does, so you’re con­stantly fight­ing it. “You also drive in your mir­rors a lot more in GT4 with the faster GT3 cars com­ing past. “My main fo­cus is to go in and help Beechdean fight for a third-straight GT4 ti­tle and Jack [Bartholomew] go for his first. I don’t know what the sit­u­a­tion is be­yond this race, so I’ll go in and do the best job I can.” BMW Mo­tor­sport will launch a new M4 GT4 chal­lenger for 2018.

The Ger­man mar­que an­nounced the new cus­tomer rac­ing pro­gramme dur­ing last week­end’s Spa 24 Hours. The new car will be based on the road-go­ing M4 Coupe and will carry over much of the run­ning gear and the tur­bocharged three-litre six-cylin­der en­gine.

The M4 GT4 is de­signed to bridge the gap be­tween the M235i Rac­ing pro­duc­tion car and the M6 GT3.

BMW Mo­tor­sport boss Jens Mar­quardt said: “GT4 is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a boom. It of­fers af­ford­able mo­tor­sport with cars of tech­ni­cal high-qual­ity and, there­fore, at­tracts a wide tar­get au­di­ence. The M4 Coupe pro­vides the ideal ba­sis for our new GT4 model as it is ex­tremely sporty in its pro­duc­tion ver­sion.”

Dutch tun­ing firm Ekris Mo­tor­sport built its own ver­sion of an M4 GT4 last sea­son and is cur­rently run­ning the car in the Euro­pean GT4 Series.

BMW Mo­tor­sport will launch the new M4 GT4 in time for the 2018 sea­son

Gunn (below) will take over GT4 seat

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