Short and Neary to in­vest in new ma­chine

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Martin Short and Richard Neary will re­turn to the Bri­tish GT Cham­pi­onship next sea­son with a new-gen­er­a­tion GT3 ma­chine, hav­ing sold their BMW Z4.

Sportscar vet­eran Short and Neary have sold the Ger­man ma­chine to Europe, and are in talks to buy one of the new-spec cars for the cham­pi­onship next sea­son.

The pair are as­sess­ing both the Mercedes AMG GT3 and the Bent­ley Con­ti­nen­tal GT3.

“We’ll def­i­nitely be back in Bri­tish GT next sea­son, that’s the plan,” said Short. “The BMW Z4 is a great car, but when you look at how far for­ward the new wave of GT3 cars have pushed things, it’s out of its depth now.

“Be­ing nat­u­rally as­pi­rated it lacks torque out of the cor­ners and the Z4 used to lead the way in terms of aero, but now it lacks heav­ily against the Mercedes or Lam­borgh­ini.”

Short and Neary are the sole bronze-bronze driver pair­ing on the grid this year. Bri­tish GT or­gan­iser SRO is known to be work­ing on pack­ag­ing a new all-am­a­teur GT3 class for next term.

Short added: “Pro-am is all well and good, but it can be in­tim­i­dat­ing for am­a­teurs, both due to the level of com­pe­ti­tion and the costs in­volved. By hav­ing a ded­i­cated all-bronze class it opens the series up to driv­ers who can find £150,000 to race, not up­wards of £300,000 when they have to pay for a pro driver too.”

Neary and Short will switch from Z4 that has run in 2016

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