Griggs back

Motor Sport News - - Racing News - Pho­tos: Jakob Ebrey, Mick Walker By Rob Lad­brook CAL­EN­DAR Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship 2017

Af­ter a 27-year ab­sence, Nick Griggs re­turned to rac­ing at Cad­well Park in the Cooper Class of the Mini Chal­lenge. “I used to race stock cars and For­mula First, but com­ing back af­ter a long lay off was bril­liant,” he said. He fin­ished ninth in both races.

The Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship will not share a grid with the Euro­pean GT4 Se­ries next sea­son at the re­quest of teams.

Se­ries or­gan­iser SRO has re­vealed the 2017 cal­en­dar, which again fea­tures the show­piece Sil­ver­stone 500km race and an­nual Euro­pean round at SpaFran­cor­champs as back-to-back events.

This sea­son the grid was boosted by the ad­di­tion of SRO’S sis­ter Euro­pean GT4 Se­ries, which held its cham­pi­onship rounds on the same grid. How­ever, the move proved un­pop­u­lar with Bri­tish teams af­ter some in­ci­dents, par­tic­u­larly with the faster GT3 cars lap­ping the less ex­pe­ri­enced Euro­pean run­ners. At the time it prompted boy­cott threats from some top teams. Bri­tish GT4 run­ners also felt the swelled class en­try skewed the fight for cham­pi­onship points.

Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship man­ager Ben­jamin Franasso­vici said: “Next sea­son we will not be shar­ing grids with the Euro­pean GT4 Se­ries.

“We had two very good races with them, which were largely clean, but ul­ti­mately as a good cham­pi­onship or­gan­iser you have to lis­ten to your teams. On this oc­ca­sion the feed­back was clear.

“We will still wel­come one-off Euro­pean en­tries for the big­ger tracks [Sil­ver­stone and Spa] so we’re still ex­pect­ing big grids for both rounds.”

Bri­tish GT will re­vert to its tra­di­tional open­ing round at Oul­ton Park over the Easter Bank Hol­i­day, hav­ing be­gun at Brands Hatch for the first time this year. The Snet­ter­ton dou­ble-header moves for­ward, mean­ing the last four rounds are all worth larger points scores.

Euro­pean GT4 Se­ries ran at the Spa round

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