NEW CHAM­PI­ONS LEAD GT3 SUP­PORT

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New Bri­tish GT cham­pi­ons Derek John­ston and Jonathan Adam will re­turn to de­fend their crown in 2017, as lead­ing teams throw their weight be­hind the GT3 divi­sion.

A total of 11 GT3 cars took the start of the sea­son fi­nale at Don­ing­ton Park last week­end, with just four fin­ish­ing on the lead lap. The total en­try was 29 cars, boosted by 18 GT4 en­tries.

Series or­gan­iser SRO is work­ing with a se­lec­tion of GT3 teams and driv­ers to find ways to bring cars back to the top divi­sion of the cham­pi­onship. Plans for a new cham­pi­onship struc­ture are set to be un­veiled soon.

Adam, who made his­tory by be­com­ing the first driver ever to de­fend the top Bri­tish GT ti­tle and the first driver to win it with two dif­fer­ent teams, and John­ston are al­ready in talks with TF Sport to re­turn next year.

“We’re aim­ing to be back next sea­son and de­fend the ti­tle – same team, same car and same Jonny Adam,” said John­ston. “Be­ing Bri­tish GT cham­pion is sur­real. It’s such a big ti­tle and such a big cham­pi­onship. It hasn’t sunk in.”

As­ton Martin fac­tory driver Adam added that hav­ing GT3 rep­re­sen­ta­tion in Bri­tain was im­por­tant for the Gay­don mar­que. “Noth­ing is signed yet but we’d love to de­fend the ti­tle and for As­ton Martin it’s im­por­tant to show that the Van­tage GT3, for at least the next two years [un­til the new-gen­er­a­tion GT3 prod­uct is re­leased] is still suc­cess­ful and still win­ning. It’s the third Bri­tish GT ti­tle in four years for the car, and my sec­ond. I’d love to add to that.”

Fac­tory Lam­borgh­ini squad Bar­well Mo­tor­sport is also plan­ning to re­turn with a mul­ti­ple car en­try. Team head Mark Lem­mer said: “GT3 def­i­nitely has a fu­ture in Bri­tain and there are some big plans afoot to help open the class up and make it more ac­ces­si­ble for next year and that will bring more peo­ple in. We’re work­ing to bring costs down too.

“Bri­tish GT is one of the best cham­pi­onships in Europe and peo­ple do want to race GT3 here, we just need to re­work the for­mat to al­low more peo­ple to.”

GT3 in Bri­tain is not dead... yet John­ston (left) and Adam are champs

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